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Mariners Mondays – Bullpen Brilliance

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Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – the Mariners bullpen shows why it was among the best in baseball, and the bats breakout in a big way.

Felix Hernandez was on the mound on July 5, as the Mariners met the White Sox in Chicago for the second of a three-game weekend series. Felix had given up just three hits when the White Sox scored two runs in the 8th. The Mariners came back to tie it up in the top of the 9th, and the Mariners bullpen took over. Four pitchers held the White Sox scoreless with one-hit baseball over the next five innings until the 2-2 tie was broken up in the 14th when Brad Miller hit an RBI double. Fernando Rodney then earned his League-best 25th save with a spotless bottom of the 14th.

The Mariners bullpen was sterling in the September 16 game at Angles Stadium on September 16.

Starter Roenis Elias surrendered two runs in the first inning and left the game with elbow stiffness after facing just one batter in the 4th. Five relievers held the Angels to just one hit over the next five and two-thirds innings, with young Carson Smith notching hisfirst Major League win.

The Mariners offense also helped out with an offensive outburst of 10 runs in the 5th and 6th innings.

The 13-2 win over the Angels put the Mariners within one game of the second Wild Card.

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.

 

Mariners Mondays – Felix’s Gems

In tonight’s episode of Mariners Monday, airing at 7 pm on ROOT Sports, the a pair of gems thrown by ace Felix Hernandez will be spotlighted.

Felix struck out a career-high 15 batters June 8 at Tampa Bay in a 5-0 win over the Rays. The 15 strikeouts tied for the most by a pitcher during the 2014 season with Clayton Kershaw (6/18 vs. COL) and Jon Lester (5/3 vs. OAK). The 15 K’s also tied for 8th-most in Mariners single-game history, and were the most since Randy Johnson struck out a club-record 19 on Aug. 8, 1997. The strikeout performance was 2nd-best by a right-handed pitcher in club history.

Felix picked up his 10th win of the season in brilliant fashion June 28 vs. the Indians at Safeco Field, allowing one hit in 8.0 scoreless innings.

These two starts were part of a record-setting streak in which he allowed 2 or fewer runs while pitching at least 6.0 innings in 16 consecutive starts from May 18-Aug. 11.

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.

Mariners Mondays – A wild weekend in Boston

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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.

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The Mariners celebrate after a comeback win vs. the Red Sox at Fenway Park.

Mariners Mondays – The Openers

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The New Year is upon us and Pitchers and Catchers report to Peoria, Arizona in a little over the month to kick off the 2015 season. To get you ready for baseball season, ROOT Sports begins its weekly Mariners Mondays show tonight from 7-10 pm (check your local listings).

The first installment of Mariners Mondays will focus on the 2014 season openers, both on the road in a 10-3 win over the Angels on March 31 and at home in a 5-3 win over the Angels on April 8 at Safeco Field.

In the 2014 opener, the Mariners fell behind early on a 2-run home run by Mike Trout in the first inning, but staged a comeback taking a 4-3 lead in the top of the 7th inning. Seattle added 6 runs in the 9th inning to reach double-digits in a season opener for the third time in club history. Felix Hernandez made his 7th career Opening Day start, earning the win to improve to 5-0 with a 1.52 ERA all-time on Opening Day.

Felix Hernandez struck out 11 batters in his Opening Day start vs. the Angels.

Felix Hernandez struck out 11 batters in his Opening Day start vs. the Angels.

In the home opener on April 8, the Mariners improved to 5-2 in the young season with a 5-3 win over the Angels. Rookie southpaw James Paxton earned the win allowing 4 hits and 3 runs in 5.0 innings and designated hitter Corey Hart hit a pair of home runs going 2-for-4 with 4 RBI.

Corey Hart belted a pair of home runs in the 2014 home opener.

Corey Hart belted a pair of home runs in the 2014 home opener.

The next edition of Mariners Mondays will air next Monday (Jan. 12) from 7-10 pm. The episode will chronicle the Mariners historic three-game sweep of the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park in late August.

Mariners Mondays – Seager’s Late Inning Heroics

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Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS Kyle Seager’s late inning heroics lead the Mariners over two AL West division rivals.

With the Mariners coming off a 1-5 road trip last April, the bats came alive in the opening game of the homestand in a matchup with the Los Angeles Angels. Everyone got in on the hit parade in the 6-0 win, while Seager extended his early season hitting streak to a career-high 14 games with a 3-for-4, three RBI performance, which included his third home run of the season, a two-run shot in the 8th.

By July, when the Mariners met the Rangers for a three game series in Arlington, Seager was on a 1-for-19 skid. But in the first two games of the series, he went on a tear with five hit, including a two-run homer in the top of the 10th inning on July 3 that would be enough to lift the Mariners over the Rangers 4-2.

A month later, it was the Mariners vs. Rangers again, and Kyle Seager once again with the timely hitting who delivered a two-out double in the 9th to score Endy Chavez, and give the Mariners a 4-3 win over the Rangers, whose slim lead in the AL West was dwindling by the day.

Mariners Mondays airs tonight, March 3, at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All-Access. Mariners Mondays episodes air weekly on ROOT SPORTS during Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Mariners Mondays – Kuma’s Cy Young Push

Hisashi Iwakuma went 2-0 with a 0.76 ERA in 5 starts in September last season.

Hisashi Iwakuma went 2-0 with a 0.76 ERA in 5 starts in September last season.

This week on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS watch as Hisashi Iwakuma makes a push for the Cy Young Award.

In back-to-back starts in September, Kuma was master of his game. On the road in Detroit, he ran his scoreless inning streak to 25 with an 8-0 shutout of the Tigers. Kuma matched his career high with eight innings, giving up just four hits and striking out six.

His next start, September 25 at Safeco Field, Kuma put the brakes on the Kansas City Royals slim playoff hopes with a 6-0 shutout. Kuma again went eight innings, finishing his season at 14-6, with a streak of 23 consecutive scoreless innings.

Mariners Mondays airs tomorrow, February 24, beginning at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All-Access. Mariners Mondays episodes air weekly on ROOT SPORTS during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

Mariners Mondays – Back-to-back Felix Gems and an Offensive Outburst

Two of Felix's starts from the 2013 season will be featured in tonight's edition of Mariners Monday.

Two of Felix’s starts from the 2013 season will be featured in tonight’s edition of Mariners Monday.

Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS Felix and the Mariners bats dominate the Red Sox and the Angels.

In back-to-back starts in early July, Felix Hernandez was his usual excellent self. On July 8, against Boston, he held the Red Sox to two runs and six hits over seven innings, struck out six and maintained his 2.69 ERA, the second lowest in the league (just behind Hisashi Iwakuma). He also got an assist from the Mariners bats, pounding out 15 hits in the 11-4 victory.

Five days later, with the Los Angeles Angels in town, Felix was back in fine form throwing eight shutout innings. Justin Smoak led the offense with four RBI, including a three-run homer off Jered Weaver. The final score, 6-0, gave Felix his 10th win of the season.

Mariners Mondays airs tonight, February 17, beginning at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All-Access. Mariners Mondays episodes air weekly on ROOT SPORTS during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Mariners Mondays – Welcome to the Show, Brad Miller

Brad Miller connects on his first MLB home run July 19 at Houston.

Brad Miller connects on his first MLB home run July 19 at Houston.

Tonight’s episode of Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS looks back as Brad Miller burst onto the Major League roster with a power surge.

Miller made his Major League debut on June 28th. Over the next three months, Miller would be among the leaders of American League rookies in extra-base hits, home runs and RBI. This week, Mariners Mondays takes a look at two of his three multi-home run games.

The first was July 19, vs. the Houston Astros. Miller waited 72 at-bats before getting his first Major League homer. Number two came even quicker, in back-to-back plate appearances, to lead the Mariners with 5 RBI.

His second multi-homer game was August 13, against the Tampa Bay Rays. He started the game off with a bang with his first-ever leadoff home run, then he did it again in the 5th inning. Miller, who is from Orlando, had a cheering section at Tropicana Field to see his display of power.

Mariners Mondays airs tonight, February 10, beginning at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All-Access. Mariners Mondays episodes will air on ROOT SPORTS during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

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Mariners Mondays – Three Good Games

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This week Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS looks back on three games from the 2013 season that were a lot of fun to watch.

The featured games look back at a demolition of the Yankees, a pair of wins over the White Sox and some dramatic extra innings heroics versus the Oakland A’s.

Mariners Mondays Episode 4 airs Monday, January 27, beginning at 7:30pm, right after Mariners All-Access. It will air again on Monday, February 3.

Mariners Mondays episodes will air on ROOT SPORTS during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

Mariners Mondays – Welcome to the Show, Taijuan Walker

2014 Mariners Mondays - Ep 3Tonight’s episode of Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS looks back on pitcher Taijuan Walker’s first three MLB games.

Walker, widely considered the Mariners most promising pitching prospect, made his Major League debut August 30 against the Houston Astros. Pitching in front of about 40 family members, Walker did them proud. He did not allow an earned run over five innings, and with the help of Dustin Ackley’s career best four hits and four RBI, the Mariners topped the Astros 7-1. With that win, Walker became the youngest Mariners starting pitcher (21 years, 17 days) to pick up a victory in his Major League Debut.

Walker’s next start September 4, against the Kansas City Royals was a test of his abilities. He did not allow a hit over the first three innings, but gave up four runs in the fourth inning. Walker returned to the mound in the fifth for a 1-2-3 inning. The bullpen held the Royals long enough for Kendrys Morales to hit a two-run homer with two outs in the ninth for the Mariners 6-4 win.

Start number three came September 9, again against the Houston Astros, this time at Safeco Field. Walker was in control this time giving up two runs and striking out eight over five innings. On a closely monitored pitch-count, Walker yielded to the bullpen, who held onto the lead until the ninth inning when Danny Farquhar gave up four runs, giving the Astros a 6-4 win.

Taijuan Walker went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in three starts with the Mariners last season.

Taijuan Walker went 1-0 with a 3.60 ERA in 3 starts with the Mariners last season.

Walker was shut down for the season after his third start, leaving fans anxious to see what he can do in the 2014 season. Heading into Spring Training, Walker is tentatively slated to be a member of the Mariners starting rotation.

Mariners Mondays Episode 3 airs Monday, January 20, beginning at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All-Access.

Mariners Mondays episodes will air on ROOT SPORTS during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.

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