Gold Nuggets – Comeback Win vs. Texas
Throughout the season, Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith will provide content on From the Corner of Edgar & Dave, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Mariners players and organization. Today Aaron looks back at last night’s comeback win vs. the Rangers .
Rangers reliever Neil Cotts is having a terrific season. He gave up only one earned run throughout May and June and has surrendered just two homers all year — both to the Mariners. Kyle Seager’s eighth inning, two-run shot off Cotts Friday night propelled the Mariners to a Game 1 win in Arlington and made for only the seventh blown save all season for the Texas bullpen. (By the way, Raul Ibanez had the other home run off Cotts on July 4.)
After a win to take the opening game of the series, this is when you especially love the 1-2 punch of Hisashi Iwakuma and Felix Hernandez. While The King hasn’t been dominant versus the Rangers this season (0-2, 4.66 ERA), he leads the A.L. with a 2.28 ERA and has a 1.05 ERA over his last six starts while walking seven and striking out 42.
- For his career, Seager now has five homers and 13 RBI at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington while batting .374. The only ballpark where he’s homered in more often and has driven in more runs is Safeco Field. During the Mariners last trip here, Kyle said, “I don’t consciously think about the success I’ve had here. I think more about the great pitching staff they have.”
- Saturday night Felix will square off against fellow countryman Marin Perez. The 22-year-old lefty is from Portuguesa, Venezuela and said yesterday from the Rangers dugout that his matchup against Felix “will be a pretty special day.” He went on to say that he believes Hernandez is the best pitcher in the Majors.
- Where does the radio crew eat on a Saturday afternoon in Texas? Babe’s Chicken Dinner House. I’m sure our review will be squeezed into the broadcast tonight.