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Mariners Mondays – Kuma

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Starting tomorrow night on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – three gems from Hisashi Iwakuma.

Kuma had his split-finger fastball working on May 8 against the Kansas City Royals. In his second start of the season, Iwakuma struck out seven and walked none over eight innings for a 1-0 shutout against the eventual American League Champs. Iwakuma scattered four singles and only one baserunner reached second.

On July 12, Hisashi Iwakuma Bobblehead Night, Kuma bounced back after a couple of tough outings with a solid 8 2/3 innings. His outstanding pitching effort got a boost from Kyle Seager and Robinson Cano, who both homered, for a 6-2 win over the Oakland Athletics. Kuma struck out five of the first six batters he retired and allowed only five hits. Iwakuma’s scoreless innings streak was snapped at 20 in the 9th inning when Brandon Moss hit a two-run home run.

The Mariners offense gave Iwakuma an early lead in his August 19 start at Philadelphia, and he shut down the Phillies offense for a 5-2 win. Kuma struck out a season-high 11 batters over eight scoreless innings. Fernando Rodney preserved the win in the 9th when he was called in with two outs and the tying run at the plate. Rodney struck out Cody Asche for his 36th save.

Mariners Mondays episodes air at 7pm on ROOT SPORTS through March leading up to the April 6th Opening Day game against the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field.

Mariners Mondays – A Sweep in the Bronx

Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – a three-game sweep at Yankee Stadium that took a month to complete.

April 29, the Mariners made their first trip of the year to New York and Robinson Cano made his Yankee Stadium debut in Mariners blue.

Starter Chris Young gave up a second-inning homer to Mark Teixeira and scattered two more hits over 5 2/3 innings to get his first win since 2012. Mike Zunino had a career-high 4hits, leading the Mariners to a 6-3 win over the Yankees.

The next night’s game was rained out. In Game 3, Cano’s RBI double got the Mariners on the board in the 1st inning. He added a second RBI in the 3rd. Roenis Elias had an impressive outing, scattering six hits over 7.0 innings, and struck out 10 batters in the Mariners 4-2 win over the Yankees.

The game postponed from April 30 was played on June 2, a detour before a two-game set against the Braves in Atlanta. This time, the offensive star was Kyle Seager, who had four extra-base hits in the Mariners 10-2 rout over the Yankees. Felix got the win, his fifth straight.

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 – Offensive Outburst

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Tonight’s episode of Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS looks back at three games with lots of offense.

June 23 at Safeco Field was a 9-2 romp over Boston (it always feels good to beat the Red Sox). Felix Hernandez pitched 7.0 strong innings for the win and Logan Morrison hit a pair of home runs, the first multi-homer game of his career. Also contributing offensively, especially in the six-run 4th inning were Robinson Cano, Kyle Seager, Mike Zunino and Dustin Ackley.

Next up, back-to-back games against the Astros where the Mariners scored a total of 23 runs. On June 30, Taijuan Walker had a shaky first few innings, but he settled in and with the help of four Mariners home runs (Zunino, Michael Saunders, Brad Miller, Cano), Walker got his first win of the season in the 10-4 victory over the Astros.

The next night was a similar story with the Mariners scoring again in double digits. Cano and Seager had three RBI each and James Jones added two for good measure, while Hisashi Iwakuma went 6.0 strong innings, in the 13-2 route of the Astros.

Mariners Mondays episodes air at 7 pm 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 – 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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