The Numbers Behind the Mariners 7-2 Homestand
The Mariners went 7-2 on their recently-completed nine-game homestand, taking two of three from St. Louis, splitting a two-game series with Pittsburgh and sweeping AL East-leading Baltimore in a four-game series.
Seattle’s .778 winning percentage vs. the Cardinals, Pirates and Orioles marked the 11th homestand in club history with at least a .750 winning percentage (minimum 9 games).
Seth Smith led the club with a scorching .379 (11×29) average over the homestand while hitting 4 home runs – including his first career grand slam – and driving in 11 runs. Smith did most of his damage in the 4-game sweep of the Orioles, as he homered in four straight games and posted 4 RBI in back-to-back games. He became one of 11 different Mariners to homer in 4 straight games and one of 9 different Mariners to record 4+ RBI in consecutive games.
Hisashi Iwakuma picked up two wins on the homestand as he walked just 1 batter over 12.2 innings pitched in two starts. Meanwhile, Edwin Diaz led all Mariners pitchers with 13 strikeouts in 6 appearances out of the bullpen. During the homestand, Diaz began an active streak of 10 consecutive outs recorded via strikeout, equaling the Mariners club record for consecutive outs via strikeout (also: Randy Johnson, 7/13-18/97).
Adam Lind jumpstarted the homestand with a 3-run walk-off home run to lift the Mariners over the Cardinals, 4-3, on June 24. It was Lind’s 4th career walk-off home run and his 6th walk-off hit overall. The Mariners lead the Major Leagues with 4 walk-off homers this season (Dae-Ho Lee, Chris Iannetta, Leonys Martin and Lind).
The following night, the Mariners clinched the series win over the Cardinals, as the bullpen struck out 6 over 4.0 scoreless innings in relief. Steve Cishek closed out the 5-4 victory with his first of four saves on the homestand.
In the series opener against the Pirates on June 28, Iwakuma earned his first of two wins on the homestand. Robinson Canó and Kyle Seager led the way at the plate by posting 3 hits apiece, while Nelson Cruz connected for one of his three home runs over the 9-game homestand.
The Mariners dominated their 4-game sweep over Baltimore, outscoring the Orioles, 31-15, while clubbing 23 extra-base hits. It was the Mariners first 4-game sweep since July 26-29, 2012 vs. Kansas City and just their second 4-game sweep of Baltimore (also: June 22-25, 2000).
The Mariners bats came alive in a big way vs. Baltimore, beginning with the first of Smith’s 4 home runs in Seattle’s 5-3 series-opening win on Friday.
Seattle clubbed five home runs in Saturday’s 12-6 win, highlighted by a pair of homers from Mike Zunino in his 2016 Mariners debut.
The Mariners 23 extra-base hits against the Orioles equaled the 2nd-most extra-base hits in a 4-game series in club history (also: July 2-5, 2001 at Texas).
The Mariners also belted 10 home runs vs. Baltimore, just the 10th time in franchise history to hit 10+ home runs in a 4-game series and the first since Sept. 21-24, 2006 at the White Sox.
After a seven-game road swing to Houston and Kansas City, followed by the All-Star Break, the Mariners will return home for a six-game homestand vs. the Astros and White Sox beginning Friday, July 15 at Safeco Field.