Found May 31, 2013 on
PLAYERS: Mike Morse
TEAMS: Seattle Mariners
After snapping a season-high eight game losing streak, the Seattle Mariners kept things heading in the right direction against the San Diego Padres.  The Mariners earned back-to-back series splits: splitting two in Safeco on Monday and Tuesday then two on the road in San Diego on Wednesday and Thursday.  The Mariners, one game under .500 after the Yankee series a couple weeks ago, find themselves at 23-31, two games behind the surging Angels for third and ten and a half games behind the division leading Rangers.  The Mariners’ road trip will now take them North, to face the Minnesota Twins for three games. Harang, Hernandez, and Home Runs.  Aaron Harang has struggled since coming over to the Mariners in an April trade, but he put everything together on Memorial Day to lead Seattle to a 9-0 victory.  Harang threw a complete game shut out, holding the Padres to four hits while striking out eight.  Jason Bay, Mike Morse, and Kelly Shoppach hit home runs off of Clayton Richard to pace the offense.  After back-to-back losses, Felix Hernandez rebounded from two straight losses of his own to put the Mariners back in the win column with a 7-1 win yesterday.  Hernandez went eight strong allowing only three hits and one ER.  The Mariners pounded five home runs yesterday in spacious Petco Park to back Hernandez: two by Nick Franklin and one each from Endy Chavez, Brendan Ryan, and Kendrys Morales.  Nick Franklin, called up from Tacoma to replace Dustin Ackley, hit the first two home runs of his major league career and went 3-for-12 in the four games vs. the Padres. Nick Franklin added some pop for the Seattle Mariners last night hitting two home runs in a 7-1 victory over the San Diego Padres. The Middle Games.  Monday and Thursday were great, but Seattle struggled Tuesday night.  Edinson Volquez handcuffed the Seattle offense that scored nine the previous day and the Padres got the split in Seattle winning 7-1.  Brandon Maurer fell to 2-7 on the season allowing nine hits and six runs (five ER) in 5.2 IP.  Maurer was optioned to Tacoma after the loss on Tuesday.  As the scene shifted to San Diego on Wednesday, the Mariners dropped a heart-breaker 3-2 in ten innings.  Jason Bay homered in the top of the ninth to put Seattle ahead 2-1, but San Diego rallied to tie it off closer Tom Wilhelmsen in the bottom of the ninth and Will Venable hit a game-winning RBI single off Yoervis Medina in the tenth inning.  Joe Saunders, by far and away, had his best road start as a Mariner handcuffing the Padres to four hits and one ER in seven innings of work.  Before that start Wednesday, his best road start was a rocky outing in Cleveland where he gave up eleven hits and four ER in 5.1 IP. To the North.  Trying to building off their last two wins, where they outscored the Padres 16-1, the Mariners head to Minnesota for three games.  Seattle will throw Hisashi Iwakuma, Aaron Harang, and then a yet to be disclosed starter on Sunday.  It would seem the Mariners will throw Hector Noesi or Joe Saunders, who pitched Wednesday, on short rest.  I would bet on Noesi, who delivered a great spot start in the Yankee series for Aaron Harang and has good numbers on the season (13.2 IP, 13 H, 10 SO, 2.63 ERA).  After taking four straight against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Twins are out of last in the A.L. Central and come into this series with a better record than Seattle (23-28).  The Mariners and Twins have yet to play this season; Seattle went 8-2 against Minnesota last season.

Mariners' Justin Smoak, Mike Morse nearing return

The Seattle Mariners have spent the past few games without sluggers Mike Morse and Justin Smoak. That should change this weekend, as the M's expect to get both players back from their injuries, according to Greg Johns of Morse has been recovering from a quad injury that he suffered during Tuesday's contest. He sustained the ailment while attempting to score...

Seattle Mariners Outright Robert Andino To Tacoma

The Seattle Mariners have outrighted short stop Robert Andino to their Triple-A Tacoma farm club after he cleared waivers following his designation for assignment a few days back. Battling a cold bat all season long, he batted a mere .184 in 76 at bats for the Mariners this season. Short stop is a pretty weak position, so to go unclaimed shows you just what major league organizations...

Franklin hits 1st 2 MLB homers in 7-1 Mariners win

Nick Franklin hit his first two big league home runs and Kendrys Morales, Brendan Ryan and Endy Chavez also went deep to give the Seattle Mariners a 7-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday. The five homers were a season high for the Mariners, who worked over Andrew Cashner and Petco Park in earning a split of their home-and-home, two-game series with the Padres. Felix...

Angry at the Line-up: Felix Hernandez Edition

The Padres are a few short hours away from playing their final game of 2013 with the Seattle Mariners. Since it became probable last week that today’s game would feature Andrew Cashner versus “King” Felix Hernandez fans have trying to figure out a way to ditch work and get to the park. Good luck with that. Since we all know of Felix Hernandez based on his reputation (bad-ass...

Twins handcuffed by Seattle's "other ace"

MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Twins thought they lucked out by not having to face Mariners ace Felix Hernandez in this weekend's three-game series. It turns out Hernandez may have been a welcomed sight at Target Field. Instead, the Twins were shut down by Seattle's Hisashi Iwakuma. The 32-year-old right-hander blanked Minnesota for 7 23 innings as the Mariners won Friday&...

Mariners 7, Padres 1

Nick Franklin hit his first two big league home runs and Kendrys Morales, Brendan Ryan and Endy Chavez also went deep to give the Seattle Mariners a 7-1 victory over the San Diego Padres on Thursday. The five homers were a season high for the Mariners, who worked over Andrew Cashner and Petco Park in earning a split of their home-and-home, two-game series with the Padres. Felix...

MLB Rumor: Eric Wedge on the hot seat in Seattle

After seven seasons in Cleveland, former skipper Eric Wedge wore out his welcome with his “grinder” approach and lack of sustained success. Now in just his third season with the Seattle Mariners, might the same thing be happening in the Pacific Northwest? Sports Illustrated’s Tom Verducci, one of the best baseball writers out there, dedicated the first segment of his online...

Correia looks to round back into form in June

It's been nearly a month since the Seattle Mariners won three in a row. They could change Saturday at Target Field against the Minnesota Twins if Aaron Harang delivers like he did earlier this week. After dropping a season-high eight straight, Seattle (24-31) won four of six to close out May. Friday's 3-0 series-opening victory was the Mariners' ninth win in 10 games...

Mariners 3, Twins 0

Hisashi Iwakuma struck out five in 7 2-3 innings and Kendrys Morales homered to lead the Seattle Mariners to a 3-0 victory over the Minnesota Twins on Friday night. Iwakuma (6-1) gave up seven hits and walked two and Jesus Sucre added two hits and an RBI for the Mariners, who snapped Minnesota's four-game winning streak. Tom Wilhelmsen picked up his 12th save. Mike Pelfrey...

Twins 5, Mariners 4

Ryan Doumit's two-run triple off Tom Wilhelmsen with one out in the ninth inning sent the Minnesota Twins to a 5-4 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday afternoon. This was the third blown save of the season for Wilhelmsen (0-1), all in his last four tries. The right-hander pitched a perfect ninth for the save Friday night, but he walked the first three batters he faced...
Mariners 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!

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.