Mariners Mondays – A wild weekend in Boston
On the tonight’s episode of Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – a memorable weekend at Fenway Park as the Mariners notched their first-ever three-game sweep against the Red Sox in Boston.
Game 1 on August 22nd was a classic Felix Hernandez start, who held the Red Sox scoreless through five innings until Yoenis Cespedes hit a three-run homer with one out in the 6th. The Mariners roared back with a five-run 9th to stun the Red Sox and the Fenway Faithful.
The next day, it was another big inning that won it for the Mariners. Starter Chris Young ceded three runs in the first three innings to the Red Sox, then the Mariners exploded for seven runs in the 4th with the help of a double, a couple of singles, a wild pitch and a Dustin Ackley three-run homer.
Sunday’s game was starter Hisashi Iwakuma’s shortest outing of the year. He left after two-and-a-third innings after giving up five runs. The Mariners offense was working, though, and the Mariners led 7-6 going into the 9th. Brad Miller doubled Ackely home for an insurance run in the top of the 9th, but it was hang-on time. Closer Fernando Rodney threw 34 pitches in the 9th, walking two. But he struck out three, including the last batter of the game, with the bases loaded, for the save and the Mariners sweep.
It was a thrilling end to one of the most memorable series of the 2014 season.
Mariners Mondays episodes air at 7pm on ROOT SPORTS January through March leading up to the April 6th Opening Day game against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.