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.
In exactly two weeks Mariners Pitchers & Catchers will report to Spring Training in Peoria, Arizona. And to continue to get you ready for all the spring action, the The Mariners Hot Stove League Radio Show airs tonight from 7-9 pm on 710 ESPN Seattle and streamed live online at Mariners.com.
The 2-hour show will be hosted by Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Matt Pitman. Guests are scheduled to include:
- Outfielder Raul Ibañez
- Former Mariner pitcher Mark Langston
- ESPN’s Tim Kurkjian
- Longtime sportswriter Jim Street
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.
The Mariners Hot Stove League Radio Show airs tonight from 7-9 pm on 710 ESPN Seattle and streamed live on Mariners.com. The show will be co-hosted by Rick Rizzs & Shannon Drayer. Players who are scheduled to appear on the show include newly acquired outfielder Michael Morse and Ken Griffey Jr. will call into the show to talk about joining the Mariners Hall of Fame. Additionally, new broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith, USA Today baseball writer Paul White, Texas Rangers radio announcer Eric Nadel and Mariners Marketing Manager Mandy Lincoln (talking about FanFest) will be on the 2-hour show.
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.
Today the Mariners re-acquired slugging outfielder Mike Morse from the Washington Nationals, via a three-way trade that sent catcher John Jaso to the Oakland Athletics.
A lot of Mariners fans will remember Morse from his first go-around in a Mariners uniform from 2005-2008. Since he left Seattle, Morse has quietly became one of the best-kept secrets in baseball combining for 64 home runs and 198 RBI in 346 games over the last three seasons (2010-2012). In 2011, Morse hit .303 with 36 doubles, 31 home runs and 95 RBI. Those marks made him one of six players in the Majors to hit at least .300 with 30 doubles, 30 home runs and 90 RBI. The other five players were Miguel Cabrera, Matt Kemp, Jacoby Ellsbury, Ryan Braun and Troy Tulowitzki.
Last season Morse missed the first two months of the season with a right lateral strain, but still managed to club 18 home runs and 62 RBI in 102 games.
And for those keeping track at home, Morse will wear #38 for the Mariners in 2013. RHP Jeremy Bonderman will switch to #32 when the club hits the field for spring training in Peoria.
The Mariners Hot Stove League Radio Show airs tonight from 7-9 pm on 710 ESPN Seattle and streamed live on Mariners.com. The show will be hosted by Matt Pitman alongside Rick Rizzs & Shannon Drayer. Guests will include pitching coach Carl Willis, left-handed pitcher Charlie Furbush, outfielder Casper Wells and TV announcer Mike Blowers. Additionally, MLB.com beat writer Greg Johns and Vice President of Marketing Kevin Martinez will join the show.
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.
The 2-hour long show will be hosted by Rick Rizzs, Shannon Drayer and Matt Pitman. Scheduled guests include third baseman Kyle Seager, relief pitcher Tom Wilhelmsen, third base coach Jeff Datz, TV announcer Dave Sims and Seattle Times National Baseball Writer Larry Stone.
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.