M’s falter, lose out on sweep
The Headline: the Mariners drop this one by a hair, and though the failed to complete the sweep they still win the series
Seattle Mariners 2, Texas Rangers 3
When: 4:10 ET, Sunday, September 23, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Umpires: Home — Kerwin Danley, 1B — John Tumpane, 2B — Dana DeMuth, 3B — Doug Eddings
1. Saunders and Guiterrez
I talk a lot about the importance of a strong tandem of leadoff men.
Hitting first and second, Michael Saunders and Franklin Gutierrez put on a clinic Sunday. They did everything right, going a combined 5-10. Unfortunately, no one behind them could do anything so they never scored any runs.
At least parts of the lineup are starting to come together, especially with Dustin Ackley—the usual leadoff man—hurt.
2. Strong ‘pen effort
The bullpen was asked to carry the final three innings of this one, and they did a pretty solid job.
Carter Capps pitched two scoreless innings while striking out one. He’s struggled when pitching more than an inning, so it was good to see him not give up any runs.
Shawn Kelley and Lucas Luetge combined for a near perfect ninth.
3. M’s vs. Rangers
While the Rangers will ultimately win the season showdown 10-9, the Mariners have held their own against the division rivals all season long. They actually win their home stands 5-4.
All-in-all these two teams have made for some exciting games. From shutouts to 21 run explosions, these two teams have seen it all this season.
With the Rangers looking to once again capture the West, Seattle’s winning ways means the much more as we look to next season.
1. Seager quiet
Once again in this series Kyle Seager’s bat was silent, going 1-4 with no runs or RBI. He finishes the series 3-12 with no extra base hits, walks, runs or RBI.
Seager has been abysmal down the stretch. While he’s managed to bring his average up through September, he’s done nothing to drive in runs. Sunday’s contest represented his 11th game in a row without an RBI.
It was also his seventh without a run scored and fourth without an extra base hit.
2. Scoring woes
While the Mariners managed to nine over the entire weekend season, it doesn’t mean they’re still not struggling to bring in runs.