The Seattle Mariners (28-18) did it again; they took another series and found different ways to win. The M’s took two of three from the depleted Oakland Athletics(20-27). Although the M’s dropped the first game to the always tough Rich Hill, they took the next two games—one from behind and the other in an epic beat down.
Monday, May 23 Oakland 5 – 0 Seattle
Tuesday, May 24 Oakland 5 – 6 Seattle
Wednesday, May 25 Oakland 3 – 13 Seattle
Leonys Martin’s crazy week
Martin extended his hitting streak to 9 games. In addition, while Martin pulled up with a strained hamstring on Wednesday, the story was all about Tuesday night. Down 5-4 with one on and two outs in the 9th, Jerry Dipoto’s prize acquisition would pay huge dividends. Martin would crack a two-run walk-off dinger to deep right off A’s closer Ryan Madson to end the game.
Martin was replaced in center field by Shawn O’Malley to start the fourth inning Wednesday. Prior to leaving with what the Mariners are deeming a minor injury. He is listed as day-to-day and will probably only be out Friday’s game for precautions.
Struggling Lind finds the power switch
The M’s 13-3 win on Wednesday would be powered in large part to the struggling 1st baseman Adam Lind. The former Blue Jay would go 4-4 with 3 runs scored, and 6 RBIs off a double and two home runs. The lefty had been platooning with Dae-Ho Lee and has a tenuous hold at best. If Lind can find his swing, the M’s could become quite unstoppable.
SSU Man of the Series
Robinson Cano has been on fire this year leading the M’s with a .295 avg, 14HR, and 43 RBI. Against Oakland, Robbie had 5 hits in 13 at bats, 3 runs, 1 double, 2 home runs and 4 RBI. Cano is a budding MVP candidate and proving the doubters wrong.
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