Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 11/9/14
Felix and Montero Seal Victory

The Headline: Jesus Montero goes deep and Felix Hernandez pitches a gem as the Mariners win the series.

Seattle Mariners 6, Kansas City Royals 1
When: 2:10 ET, Thursday, July 19, 2012
Where: Kaufmann Stadium, Kansas City
Temperature: 98
Umpires: Home — Mike DiMuro, 1B — Jim Reynolds, 2B — James Hoye, 3B — Jim Joyce
Attendance: 16,706

Love ‘em 1. Montero Finishes Strong

It’s a good thing Jesus Montero was never traded to Kansas City. He might have become the best catcher to ever play in Kaufmann Stadium.

Montero finished the series going 3-4 today with a home run and 4 RBI. That puts his series total at 10-17 with 5 runs scored and 8 RBI. Not a bad series for the young M’s backstop.

2. Strong Outing for Felix

Felix Hernandez is starting the second half off on the right foot.

Last week he pitched a 3 hit shutout against the Texas Rangers, striking out 12 in that contest. Today, he went eight innings giving up 1 run on 8 hits and 3 walks.

His ERA is back under 3.00 for the year while his back-to-back wins put him well above the .500 mark.

3. M’s Only Need Two Pitchers

The Mariners have ran through a lot of pitchers this series. Even with strong starting pitching, Eric Wedge has used a very redundant amount of relievers.

Today, Seattle only needed two pitchers which was a lucky break. Felix carried the majority of the weight with his eight innings, In came Lucas Luetge to mop things up in the ninth.

Hate ‘em 1. Cutting Felix Off at Eight

I was completely baffled that King Felix was pulled from this game today.

Why pull him? 88 Pitches? Sleeves on! 100 degree heat! Got out of an 8th inning jam. Cmon Wedge.

Sure he had a rough eighth inning and the temperature was pushing above 100 degrees, but he was only at 88 pitches. He had pitched a solid game to that point and deserved to have an opportunity to go the distance for a second game in a row.

2. Kansas City Series Over

Seattle has had a heck of a series in KC. They’ve won three out of four games, outscoring their opponent 32-18—that’s an average of eight runs per game.

The pitching has been strong—for the most part—and the lineup has been on fire. Now they head into Tampa to face off against one of the best rotations in the American League.

3. Seattle Quiet as Deadline Looms

With the July 31st trade deadline fast approaching, the Mariner’s have been suspiciously quiet.

A few rumors of Jason Vargas, but not much more than that.

If I was Jack-Z I’d be shopping three players: Brendan Ryan—time for Nick Franklin—Brandon League—he’s not closing and could be valuable—and Vargas—teams want starters and he doesn’t fit Seattle’s long term plan.

This is an important time for Seattle’s organization. They have a lot of key pieces in place and need those final support players.

Let’s hope they make some noise before July is over.

Here’s the BOXSCORE | and Our Editor “Q” has his RECAP


Kansas City continues it homestand on Friday by beginning a three-game set versus Minnesota.

Seattle will finish up its seven-game road trip with three contests at the Rays on Friday, Saturday & Sunday.


© Jonathan Irwin for North West Sports Beat, 2012. | Permalink | One comment |

Follow NWSB on Twitter or join US on Facebook for real-time updates OR... | Share This on Twitter | Share NWSportsBeat.com on Facebook

Post tags: boxscore, Brandon League, Brendan Ryan, Eric Wedge, Felix Hernandez, Game Recap, Jason Vargas, Jesus Montero, Justin Smoak, Kansas City Royals, Love Em Hate Em, Lucas Luetge, M's, Mariners, Mariners blog, Mariners Blogs, Mariners post game, Mariners vs. Royals, Matchup, MLB, MLB recap, Nick Franklin, recaps, Seattle Mariners, Seattle vs. Kansas City, Stats, Will Smith

Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Van Gundy rips Bulls management about Thibs

Harbaugh lands first commitment at Michigan

NFL warns Seahawks about 'obscene gestures'

Lane Kiffin will remain with Alabama in 2015

Belichick: Patriots followed 'every rule' prepping footballs


Colts LB Andrew Jackson arrested on DUI charge

Sam Shields: Dez Bryant catch should have counted

Klay Thompson sets NBA record with 37 pts in a quarter

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks passes away

Michigan St trustee member trolls Michigan in tweet

Marlins, Ichiro Suzuki agree to one-year, $2M deal

Leonard Fournette's brother commits to LSU

Bledsoe not happy about other QBs trashing Brady

Red Sox P Joe Kelly predicts he will win Cy Young Award

WATCH: Bill Belichick drops 'My Cousin Vinny' reference

USC sends recruit personalized business cards

Coastal Carolina planning to install teal-colored field

The five most significant Super Bowls of all time

WATCH: J.R. Smith, LeBron half-court alley oop

Sesame Street makes "inflate" the word of the day

Former Panthers GM questions if Patriots cheated in Super Bowl

Oscar De La Hoya to launch cable channel

Ten players to watch in the 2015 Senior Bowl

MLB News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Harbaugh lands first commitment

Seahawks GM: I love Lynch's act

Lane Kiffin staying with Alabama

Belichick goes 'My Cousin Vinny'

Belichick: Patriots followed 'every rule'

Could Patriots have used a sauna?

Klay Thompson scores 37 pts in a quarter

Hall of Famer Ernie Banks passes away

Sesame Street makes "inflate" the word of the day

Which NBA player should get next on a signature shoe deal?

NFL's Deflategate statement doesn't say much

Who's the next coach to 1,000 wins?

Today's Best Stuff
For Bloggers

Join the Yardbarker Network for more promotion, traffic, and money.

Company Info
What is Yardbarker?

Yardbarker is the largest network of sports blogs and pro athlete blogs on the web. This site is the hub of the Yardbarker Network, where our editors and algorithms curate the best sports content from our network and beyond.