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Mariners Mondays — Comebacks and Walk-offs Part 2

Eric Thames hit the walk-off single Aug. 14 vs. Tampa Bay.

Eric Thames hit the walk-off single Aug. 14 vs. Tampa Bay.

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.

Mariner Mondays – Taking Two From the Angels


Tom Wilhelmsen recorded his first career save (and 1 of 29 in ’12) June 4 vs. the Angels. (Getty Images)

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.

Mariners Mondays – Two Felix Shutouts


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.

Mariners Mondays – Comebacks and Walk-offs

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.

Mariners Mondays – Offensive explosion in Texas

Justin Smoak smacks his second 3-run homer of the game for his first career multi-HR game. (AP Photo/Tony Gutierrez)

Justin Smoak hit a pair of three-run home runs in the Mariners 21-9 win over the Rangers on May 30, 2012 at Rangers Ballpark. (AP Photo)

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.

Leading into the game on May 29, the Mariners had lost five in a row. The game started with promise. By the fifth inning, the Mariners led 4-1. But the big inning came in the eighth when the first seven Mariners batters reached base. When it was over, the Mariners had scored six runs, shutting down the Rangers four-game streak with the 10-3 win. At the time, it was the Rangers most lopsided loss of the season.

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.

Mariners Mondays – Two Pitching Gems


Felix Hernandez after throwing the first Perfect Game in Mariners history Aug. 15, 2012 vs. Tampa Bay.

This week on Mariners Mondays on ROOT SPORTS, two Mariners pitching gems – the June 8 combined no hitter against the Dodgers and Felix Hernandez’s perfect game August 15 vs. Tampa Bay.

Although that night’s starter Kevin Millwood was throwing well, he left in the sixth inning with an injury. His teammates stepped up, and when it was over, five Mariners pitchers had matched Millwood’s form. Relievers Charlie Furbush, Stephen Pryor, Lucas Luetge, Brandon League and Tom Wilhelmsen combined on the final three innings for the Mariners third no-hitter in the team’s 35-year history.

If the no-hitter was unusual, Felix’s perfecto was one for the record books.

It was a sunny Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field for the matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays, and Felix was on, thoroughly dominating the Rays. He went to a three-ball count on only three hitters (Ben Zobrist, Sam Fuld and Matt Joyce). B.J. Upton hit a hard grounder in the seventh that shortstop Brendan Ryan scooped up, getting Upton at first.

By then, the buzz in the ballpark and around town was building. Rays skipper Joe Maddon even tried to get in Felix’s head when he got tossed for arguing a called strike. It didn’t work. Felix finished off the Rays with 12 strikeouts for the first perfect game in Mariners history.

Relive the thrill of that amazing game, as well as the combined no-hitter on ROOT SPORTS on Monday at 7:30pm after a special two-part Mariners All Access–Tricks of the Trade starting at 6:30pm.

No-No-No Hitter Poster

Mariners Mondays – The Opening Nights

Dustin Ackley hit a home run on Opening Day in Japan last season.

Dustin Ackley hit a home run on Opening Day in Japan last season.

Mariners Mondays is back on ROOT SPORTS with a look back at the two Opening Nights of 2012 – in Tokyo and in Oakland.

Mariners fans got an early wakeup call on March 28th when the Mariners and Oakland Athletics squared off in the Tokyo Dome. Game time for bleary-eyed Seattle fans was 3am PST. They were not disappointed. Ichiro put on a show for his countrymen with four hits, Dustin Ackley homered and singled in the go-ahead run in the 11th inning, and Felix Hernandez combined with two relievers on a six-hitter. The Mariners won the game 3-1.

A week later, on Friday, April 6th (after a quick trip from Tokyo to Arizona), the Mariners and A’s squared off again, this time at the Coliseum in Oakland. Chone Figgins and Ackley each had three hits, and Kyle Seager singled twice and drove in a pair of runs to help the Mariners beat the A’s 7-3. Jason Vargas had a solid start scattering five hits over 5.1 innings to earn his first win of the season.

Highlights of both games will air tonight (Monday, January 7) on ROOT SPORTS starting at 7:30 pm (check your local listings).

On January 14, Mariners Mondays looks back at two pitching gems from the 2012 season.

Mariners Spring Training Update – Day 30

Day 30 / Monday, March 12, 2012 / 16 Days ‘til Opening Night in Tokyo (March 28 vs. Oakland) / 32 Days ‘til Opening Night in Seattle (April 13 vs. Oakland)

First pitch at game time was 74° at Peoria Stadium.

Tweet of the Day:

Mariners vs. Rangers:
Miguel Olivo hit a go-ahead 3-run home run in the sixth inning and Jesus Montero extended the lead with a 2-run double in the seventh as the Mariners came from behind to beat the Texas Rangers 6-4 in Cactus League play Monday afternoon in front of 8,917 fans at Peoria Stadium. Right-hander Blake Beavan went 5.0 strong innings, his longest out of the spring, allowing just two earned runs on three hits while striking out two. Vinnie Catricala hit his second home run of the spring, nearly reaching the tents behind the grass berm beyond the 340-foot mark down the left field line.

Miguel Olivo at SS:
Catcher Miguel Olivo was bouncing around the diamond this morning, leaving his usual spot behind the dish and venturing out to the bases. He began at first base taking throws from third baseman Alex Liddi and Vinnie Catricala and then moved over to second base to work on double-play feeds from second baseman Munenori Kawasaki. After completing the workout, Olivo told 710 ESPN Seattle’s Shannon Drayer that it was the most fun he has had all spring.

Mariners Commercials Unveiled Tomorrow:
The Mariners will unveil their award-winning commercial spots tomorrow, releasing five commercials including A Seattle Welcome (Jesus Montero, Brandon League, Jason Vargas), Impressions (Brendan Ryan, Mike Carp, George Sherrill, Kyle Seager, Chone Figgins, Ichiro), Mickey Loves You (Dustin Ackley, Robby Thompson, Jeff Datz), Nobody’s Perfect (Felix Hernandez, Eric Wedge) and Timber (Justin Smoak, Casper Wells, Franklin Gutierrez and Miguel Olivo).

Mariners Minor League Photo Day:
Mariners minor leaguers went through the same photo drill (on a much smaller scale) that the Major Leaguers went through on February 21st. In total, 180 minor leaguers lined up for their turn in front of the camera.

Mariners All-Access:
Mariners All Access airs tonight at 7:00 p.m. PT on ROOT Sports (replays at 10:00 pm). The 30-minute show is dedicated to game highlights from today’s game vs. the Rangers. Here are some highlights to look forward to in tonight’s show:

  • Highlights of the Mariners in action today vs. Texas
  • We look at the mutually beneficial competition Kyle Seager and Chone Figgins and how each player is helping the other.
  • Bill Krueger and Dave Valle let us know if the Rangers will have a World Series hangover after coming within 1-out of the title
  • Plus the M’s talk about their first time in a Major League clubhouse.

Cactus League Report:
The next Cactus League Report is tonight broadcasted live from Salty Señorita from 7-9 pm…the show will be hosted by Rick Rizzs, Mike Blowers and Shannon Drayer…scheduled guests include GM Jack Zduriencik, Justin Smoak, Alex Liddi, Trayvon Robinson, Jesus Montero, Michael Saunders, Tom Wilhelmsen and’s Jim Caple.

What Time Is It?:
To avoid any further start time confusions, Arizona and Seattle are now in the same time zone…Arizona does not observe daylight saving time.

On Tap Tomorrow (3/13):
Opponent: at Milwaukee Brewers
Location: Maryvale Stadium
Time: 1:05 p.m.
Pitching Match-up: RHP Hector Noesi (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (0-0, 2.25)
Radio: The game vs. the Brewers will be broadcast on 710 ESPN and the Mariners Radio Network. You can also follow via MLB’s Gameday.

Upcoming Probable Pitchers:
3/13 at MIL (1:05 p.m.) – RHP Hector Noesi (0-0, 0.00) vs. RHP Zack Greinke (0-0, 2.25)
3/14 vs. KC (7:05 p.m.) – RHP Kevin Millwood (0-1, 7.20) vs. RHP Felipe Paulino or RHP Aaron Crow
3/15 vs. SF (7:05 p.m.) – RHP Erasmo Ramirez (1-0, 0.00) vs. LHP Barry Zito

Mariners Media Monday

Today is a busy day in Mariners camp, and there are a lot of ways for you to follow all the action.

MLB Network 30-in-30:
The MLB Network does camp reports from all 30 Spring Training Camps. The series begins today from beautiful Peoria, Arizona, and focuses on the Mariners. Harold Reynolds spent two days in camp (Saturday and Sunday), interviewing Chone Figgins, Justin Smoak, Michael Saunders, Jesus Montero, Felix Hernandez and Brandon League. Shawn Kelley gave them a tour of the complex, and Dustin Ackley took grounders with Harold. The show airs on the MLB Network at 5 pm Eastern (2 pm in Seattle), and will be replayed, so check your local listings. Video Highlights:
Each spring we send video highlights and interviews back to TV stations and national media outlets. This year we are utilizing and FTP feed (no satellites) and hopefully you’ve noticed more highlights during the evening news! The great people at have been producing daily highlights utilizing this video. Here are links to a few recent videos. Be sure to bookmark the video page on

Cactus League Report:
The Cactus League Report will air from the Salty Señorita tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the Peoria location. Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims and Shannon Drayer will host the 2-hour show, and fans in the Valley of the Sun are invited to attended the radio show and meet the hosts and guests. Scheduled guests include Manager Eric Wedge, pitching coach Carl Willis, shortstop Brendan Ryan, catcher Adam Moore, third baseman Vinnie Catricala, infielder Nick Franklin, Mariners Hall of Famer Jay Buhner and beat writer Greg Johns. Fans can listen to the show in Seattle on ESPN 710 Seattle from 7-9 PT, and here is a link to listen online via

Mariners Mondays:
Tonight on Mariners Mondays at 7:30 pm on ROOT SPORTS, right after Mariners All Access from Peoria, AZ. Tonight, three thrilling comeback wins are featured.
First up, April 11, as the Mariner erase a 7-0 deficit against the Toronto Blue Jays and win the game 8-7 on a two-run single in the bottom of the ninth by Luis Rodriguez. The rally was just shy of the Club record, which was an 8-run comeback against the Angels in 1996.

Justin Smoak is the hero from the second game, May 31, 2011 against the Baltimore Orioles. His three-run homer in the 8th sent the Mariners home with a 3-2 win, the Mariners 11th win in 13 games.

Luis Rodriguez once again strikes gold in highlights of the third game. September 14 against the New York Yankees, the score is tied 1-1 into extra innings. Rodriguez sends Mariners fans home happy when he led off the 12th inning with a solo homer for the Mariners 2-1 win.

– JE

Cactus League Report & Mariners Mondays

Cactus League Report:
The Cactus League Report makes its Salty Señorita debut tonight from 7-9 p.m. at the Peoria location. Rick Rizzs, Dave Sims and Shannon Drayer will host the 2-hour show, and fans in the Valley of the Sun are invited to attended the radio show and meet the hosts and guests. Scheduled guests include Tony Blengino, Robby Thompson, Forrest Snow, Danny Hultzen, Shawn Kelley, Kyle Seager and Larry Stone from the Seattle Times. Fans can listen to the show in Seattle on ESPN 710 Seattle from 7-9 PT, and here is a link to listen online via

Mariners Mondays:
Tonight on Mariners Mondays at 8pm on ROOT SPORTS, the Mariners turn on the offense.

The program includes highlights of two games from last August, both featuring some timely hitting by Mike Carp.

First up, August 29, Mariners vs. Angels. The Mariners and Angels are tied in the 8th inning at 3-3. Dustin Ackley, who already had a couple of hits and RBI, lead off the inning with a double. Carp sent the first pitch he saw into the Hit It Here Cafe in right field for a two-run homer. Final score, Mariners over Angels 5-3.

Mike Carp hit a 2-run home run vs. the Angels into the Hit it Here Cafe in right field Aug. 29, 2011. (Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Ichiro also had two doubles and extended his hitting streak to a season high 12-games.

Rookie Tom Wilhelmsen got the win with one inning of relief.

Highlights of the second game, August 31 (again against the Angels), again featured some late inning heroics by Carp.

The Angels held a 1-0 lead behind the outstanding pitching of Dan Haren. Felix Hernandez is also pitching well, but the offense is stalled. In the 8th inning (again), the Mariners rally with two outs when Franklin Gutierrez and Ackley hit back-to-back singles to end Haren’s night. Carp stepped up to the plate against reliever Scott Downs and drilled a two-run double to the base of the wall in left-center field.

Felix held the 2-1 lead, got the win and a complete game, his fifth of the season, and 18th of his career.

Next week on Mariners Mondays, Big Comebacks.