Mariners Mondays – Comebacks and Walk-offs
Tonight’s Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS features three games with late inning heroics that sent Mariners fans home happy.
June 2, the Mariners are at Chicago to take on the White Sox. The night before, a Mariners error in the 8th inning helped the Sox win their 9th in a row.
But with the help of a two homer game from Ichiro, a strong outing from the bullpen, the Mariners topped the White Sox 10-8 in 12 innings.
Ichiro led off the game with a homer (the 37th leadoff homer of his career). Justin Smoak went deep to open the second, and Ichiro homered again to start the third inning.
But by the 7th, the White Sox led 7-5. The Mariners came back with three runs in the top of the 8th to take the lead, only to see the White Sox tie it up with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning.
The score stayed tied until the top of the 12th when John Jaso doubled home the tiebreaking run and then scored the winning run courtesy of a Chone Figgins single. Mariners win 10-8.
Two weeks later, hosting the San Francisco Giants, Justin Smoak didn’t need to cross home plate himself to help his team to victory. The Giants scored in the top of the first and the Mariners got a run in the bottom of the second for a 1-1 tie, and with starters Madison Bumgarner and Felix Hernandez on the mound, there the score remained.
Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen took over in the 9th. With the score still tied, the Giants loaded the bases with only one out. But Wilhelmsen struck out Melky Cabrera (then the National League’s leading hitter) on three pitches, and got pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz to ground out to end the threat.
The Mariners opened the bottom if the 9th with back-to-back singles, setting the stage for Smoak’s dramatic game-winning single to left. Final score, 2-1 Mariners.
Two days later, at Arizona, Ichiro again starred with his 2,500th career hit and a 4-5 performance as the Mariners outlasted the Diamond Backs 12-9 in 10 innings.
Relive the fun of those late-innings heroics on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7:30 pm.