Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS get started next week with a look back at two 2013 milestone wins for Mariners ace Felix Hernandez—an outstanding performance vs. Oakland on Opening Night, and his 100th career win against the Astros.
Last year’s season opener (at Oakland) on April 1, was another impressive performance for Felix, even by his high standards. He pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings, striking out eight, and retiring the first 10 batters in order. Franklin Gutierrez produced all the offense the Mariners needed with a two-run single in the 5th, giving the Mariners a 2-0 win over the A’s.
A couple of starts later, Felix was on the mound in Houston for what would be his 100th career win. Felix pitched six scoreless innings and the Mariners offense backed him up with three home runs for the 7-1 win over the Astros. On that night, April 22, 2013, Felix joined Jamie Moyer and Randy Johnson as the only pitchers to reach 100 wins with the Mariners.
The first Mariners Mondays episode airs tonight on ROOT SPORTS beginning at 7:30 pm, right after Mariners All Access, which goes behind the scenes with manager Lloyd McClendon.
Mariners Mondays episodes will air on ROOT SPORTS for 12 weeks during the offseason and Spring Training, building to the March 31 season opener against the Los Angeles Angels.
This week on Mariners Mondays on ROOT Sports a look back at two of Felix Hernandez’s gems, including the remarkable Supreme Court Night, Felix’s first home start after the perfect game.
Felix was in King’s Court form at Yankee Stadium on August 4 for his third shutout of the season, a 1-0, two-hit win over the Yankees. It was Felix’s second shutout in five starts at the new Yankee Stadium and it pushed his career ERA there to 1.13, the lowest of any pitcher with at least two starts there.
And of course, we all know that two starts later, Felix threw a perfect game at Safeco Field against the Tampa Bay Rays. Felix’s next scheduled start at Safeco was to be just as memorable.
A sea of 39,000 yellow Supreme Court T-shirts greeted the King when he took the mound on August 21 against the Cleveland Indians. And although he wasn’t perfect, Felix was still dominant with only one run and five strikeouts in 7 2/3 innings. A four-run 7th inning helped the Mariners to a 5-1 win over the Indians, the Mariners 7th straight victory.
Mariners Mondays looks back at both these great pitching performances tonight on ROOT SPORTS.
Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT Sports a look back at last year’s blockbuster trade that sent Ichiro to the New York Yankees.
With the Yankees in town for a three-game series, an emotional Ichiro met with media to talk about his storied career with the Mariners. A few hours later, he emerged from the visitor’s dugout to the roar of the crowd. And, in typical Ichiro fashion, singled to center. The Yankees, who had just been swept by the Oakland A’s, went on to win the game 4-1.
The next night had a different result (a Mariners 4-2 win) and a different dramatic story-line. Felix Hernandez was matched against former Mariners pitcher Freddy Garcia. Not as sharp as usual, Felix allowed a solo home run in the 1st inning and worked out of jams in 4th and 5th innings. Then he hit Ichiro, Derek Jeter and finally Alex Rodriguez, breaking A-Rod’s hand with an 88 mph changeup that got away from him.
Mariners Mondays reviews the events of the emotional trade and the outcome of the next day’s game tonight on ROOT SPORTS.
Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS a pair of starts by starting pitcher Hisashi Iwakuma in which he dominates the Angels in two late-seasons starts one month apart.
On Sunday, September 2, Iwakuma pitched 7 1/3 scoreless innings and Carols Peguero and Jesus Montero hit solo homers off the Angels ace Jered Weaver to give the Mariners a 2-1 win.
In the second game, October 2, Kuma was the happy recipient of some offensive support as the Mariners beat the Angels 6-1. Iwakuma allowed six hits and struck out seven, including Albert Pujols three times and won his third consecutive start. The offensive outburst was keyed by Kyle Seager’s first inning solo home run, his 20th of the season.
Catch highlights of both games tonight on ROOT SPORTS Mariners Mondays (check your local listings).
Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – the Mariners have Yu Darvish’s number.
The Rangers’ star pitcher Yu Darvish was a 16-game winner in 2012, but the Mariners seem to have his number.
Darvish made his Major League debut against the Mariners on April 9, 2012. The Mariners welcomed him by scoring five runs in the first two innings. The Mariners wouldn’t win that game, but they would come out on top in two other Darvish outings.
The first was May 21 with a dream match-up of Darvish vs. Felix Hernandez.
Darvish lasted just four innings, surrendering four runs and six walks, the shortest outing of his season. Felix, meantime, shut down the potent Texas offense for eight innings when Mitch Moreland hit a leadoff solo homer for the Rangers only run.
Ichiro greeted his countryman with a single and triple and two RBI, leading the Mariners to a 4-1 win.
Felix allowed only three hits and struck out 12 in the Mariners 7-0 win. Darvish had control problems from the start. Darvish’s 33-pitch first inning went something like this: walk, hit batter, single, walk, E3, two-run single. The Mariners were up 4-0 after their first at-bat. Darvish lasted only 6 1/3 innings giving up eight hits, seven earned runs, four walks and four strikeouts.
In his first three starts against the Mariners last season, Darvish had a 9.00 ERA.
Mariners Mondays airs at 7:30 pm on ROOT SPORTS every Monday through March 25, one week before the season opener against the Oakland A’s on April 1.
Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS – a look at four times the Mariners came back to win with late inning heroics.
On April 11, the Rangers took a 1-0 lead in the first inning. Pitchers Kevin Millwood and Colby Lewis were well matched until the Rangers hit back-to-back home runs off Steve Delebar in the 7th.
The Rangers tacked on another and it looked like they would cruise to the win. That was until the 8th inning when John Jaso tripled and then scored on a Dustin Ackley single, snapping a 23 inning scoreless streak.
In the 9th, Justin Smoak led off with a single, followed by Kyle Seager’s double. Jesus Montero advanced the runners with a sacrifice fly and Michael Saunders scored two with an RBI double. Jaso again came through with a solid single that scored Saunders for the third run of the inning, capping a rally off Rangers closer Joe Nathan for the 4-3 win.
Rookie left-hander Lucas Luetge had two strikeouts in 1 1/3 innings for his first Major League victory.
Jaso’s late inning heroics were on display again on May 7, when the Tigers came to town.
Starter Blake Beavan struggled early in the game and left the mound after getting hit on the elbow by a line drive in the 3rd inning. Tigers starter Doug Fister, the former Mariner pitcher, who was making his second start of the season, allowed just four hits, walked none, had three strike outs and looked to be on the way to his first win of the season.
That is until manager Jim Leyland lifted Fister for reliever Octavio Dotel, who lacked control from the beginning. He walked Brendan Ryan and Ichiro, advanced the runners on a wild pitch, then surrendered a two run double to Jesus Montero to tie the game. Jaso sacrificed Munenori Kawasaki in the bottom of the 9th, who scored the game winning run in the three-run comeback.
Another exciting walk-off came on August 14 against the Tampa Bay Rays (just one day before Felix would throw his perfect game), ending the Rays seven-game win streak.
Starter Kevin Millwood looked like he was off to a rocky start but regained his footing and gave up just two runs in seven innings and struck out a season-high eight. He was matched by Tampa Bay starter Matt Moore, who allowed one run on six hits and struck out nine.
Kyle Seager started the rally with a single off reliever Fernando Rodney, followed by a bunt base hit by Chone Figgins. Justin Smoak tied the game with a deep fly to center. Eric Thames, who had struck out in his first three at-bats, stepped up to the plate with two outs in the bottom of the ninth, facing one of the best closers in baseball. Thames was down to his final strike when he lined a changeup into short right, scoring Figgins, earning the Mariners a 3-2 win and receiving a beat-down from his teammates as he headed for 1st.
The final “last at-bat win” goes back to April 27th when the Mariners visited the Blue Jays in Toronto. Canada native Michael Saunders had spent the winter working on his hitting with a private instructor and it showed. Saunders had two home runs, including a grand slam in the 10th as the Mariners rallied to beat the Jays 9-5.
Relive the fun of those late-innings heroics on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7:30 pm.
Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS, a couple of fun wins over a division rival when the Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels by the same score, two nights apart.
Facing the Angels at Anaheim on June 4, the Mariners had an 8-4 lead heading into the 8th. After a passed ball and a couple of hits, the Angels had cut the lead to two runs with one out and Albert Pujols coming up to bat. But reliever Tom Wilhelmsen kept Pujols in the yard, caught John Hester in a rundown, struck out Mark Trumbo and then pitched a scoreless 9th to give the Mariners an 8-6 win.
And as for all that offense, the Mariners scored seven off starter Ervin Santana in 4 2/3 innings, and added another in the 8th on an Ichiro homer.
Two nights later, the Mariners won the series with another 8-6 game, this time on the strength of Michael Saunders three hits, another Ichiro homer and Kyle Seager’s four RBI.
Reliever Stephen Pryor also shone when he stifled potential Angels rallies in the 6th and 7th innings with double-play balls.
Relive these intra-division victories on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7:30pm.
Tonight on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS, Felix does what he does best – dominates unsuspecting hitters.
On June 28, the Red Sox were at Safeco Field, and for seven innings, Felix was evenly matched with Boston starter Franklin Morales. By the time Felix walked off the mound in after the top of the 9th, both teams had a handful of hits, but there was still no score.
Not wanting to spoil Felix’s gem, John Jaso and Casper Wells stepped up. Wells lined a double into the gap in left-center. Justin Smoak was walked, and Skipper Eric Wedge lifted Miguel Olivo for pinch-hitter John Jaso, who at the time was leading the team with game-winning RBIs. He didn’t waste any time, lignin a single to right, giving Wells just enough time to score on catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia to give the Mariners a 1-0 win.
By August 27, Felix was on a roll. In 14 starts, he was 9-0 with a 1.40 ERA, 100 strikeouts, 17 walks and a perfect game. Facing the Twins in Minnesota, he was once again in top form, and although Felix needed just a single Mariners run to earn the victory, this time, the heroics came in the 8th on an Eric Thames homerun.
With Felix’s 1-0 win over the Twins, he notched his 23rd career complete game and 9th shutout.
Relive these two (of many) Felix gems on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7:30pm.
Tonight’s Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS features three games with late inning heroics that sent Mariners fans home happy.
June 2, the Mariners are at Chicago to take on the White Sox. The night before, a Mariners error in the 8th inning helped the Sox win their 9th in a row.
But with the help of a two homer game from Ichiro, a strong outing from the bullpen, the Mariners topped the White Sox 10-8 in 12 innings.
Ichiro led off the game with a homer (the 37th leadoff homer of his career). Justin Smoak went deep to open the second, and Ichiro homered again to start the third inning.
But by the 7th, the White Sox led 7-5. The Mariners came back with three runs in the top of the 8th to take the lead, only to see the White Sox tie it up with a solo homer in the bottom of the inning.
The score stayed tied until the top of the 12th when John Jaso doubled home the tiebreaking run and then scored the winning run courtesy of a Chone Figgins single. Mariners win 10-8.
Two weeks later, hosting the San Francisco Giants, Justin Smoak didn’t need to cross home plate himself to help his team to victory. The Giants scored in the top of the first and the Mariners got a run in the bottom of the second for a 1-1 tie, and with starters Madison Bumgarner and Felix Hernandez on the mound, there the score remained.
Reliever Tom Wilhelmsen took over in the 9th. With the score still tied, the Giants loaded the bases with only one out. But Wilhelmsen struck out Melky Cabrera (then the National League’s leading hitter) on three pitches, and got pinch-hitter Nate Schierholtz to ground out to end the threat.
The Mariners opened the bottom if the 9th with back-to-back singles, setting the stage for Smoak’s dramatic game-winning single to left. Final score, 2-1 Mariners.
Two days later, at Arizona, Ichiro again starred with his 2,500th career hit and a 4-5 performance as the Mariners outlasted the Diamond Backs 12-9 in 10 innings.
Relive the fun of those late-innings heroics on ROOT SPORTS tonight at 7:30 pm.
On this weeks edition of Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS an offensive explosion in back-to-back games in Texas is featured. The Mariners won back-to-back games vs. the Rangers by a combined score of 31-11, including a 21-9 win on May 30.
That is until the next night, when the Mariners went on an offensive tear. Justin Smoak was the star, hitting two three-run homers. But everyone contributed with back-to-back eight-run innings in the second and third.
The 21 runs scored that night were only good enough for second-most in club history, equaling the 21-9 victory over the Los Angeles Angels on September 30, 2000.
The Rangers didn’t go quietly, scoring five runs in the sixth and two in the seventh. But it wasn’t enough to stop the Mariners juggernaut. Final score, 21-8.
Catch the highlights of those two very fun games from 7:30-10pm on ROOT SPORTS. Tune in at 6:30pm for back-to-back episodes of Mariners All Access with a tribute to Mariners Hall of Famers Randy Johnson and Dan Wilson and Felix’s perfect game.