Mariners Gameday Information – July 20 vs. White Sox

Game InformationGame #95 (7/20): Mariners (47-47) vs. White Sox (46-47) | 12:40 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers:  RHP Felix Hernandez (4-4, 2.86) vs. RHP Miguel Gonzalez  (2-5, 4.40)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | White Sox | Mariners-White Sox History

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07.20 Lineup CWS-SEA

Mariners Gameday Information – July 19 vs. White Sox

Game Information

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Game #94 (7/19): Mariners (47-46) vs. White Sox (45-47) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers:  LHP Wade Miley (6-6, 5.44) vs. LHP Jose Quintana (7-8, 3.21)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | White Sox | Mariners-White Sox History

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Masters of the Walk-Off Home Run

Chicago White Sox v Seattle MarinersIt is perhaps one of the most exciting moments in sports – the walk-off home run. Even more electrifying is the walk-off homer that catapults a team from the edge of defeat to a thrilling comeback victory. No team in Major League Baseball this season has mastered the walk-off home run like the 2016 Seattle Mariners.

The Mariners lead the Majors in walk-off home runs this season with 5. No other team has more than 3 walk-off homers so far this season. Of the Mariners 5 walk-off homers, three have come when the team was trailing, which leads the Major Leagues.

“It’s really easy to give up, say, ‘This isn’t our night and move on’. We don’t do that,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “This club doesn’t do that…that’s why you play all 27 outs, you keep believing and you keep hoping if you can get the tying run to the plate and then the winning run to the plate, maybe you can get some magic. We’ve had that a few times.”

Seattle’s 5 walk-off homers this season are tied with the 2006 club for 2nd-most in club history, trailing only the Mariners 6 walk-off home runs in 1986. Four different Mariners have hit a walk-off home run this season, tying the club record for most players with a game-ending homer in a single season (also: 1986 & 2004).

The Mariners have hit 73 walk-off home runs in club history by 51 different players. Only 13 different players have hit 2 walk-off home runs in a single season for the Mariners, the latest being Adam Lind.

After a two-out, RBI-single from Kyle Seager, Lind was called off the bench to face White Sox closer David Robertson with the Mariners trailing Chicago, 3-1, last night. Lind belted an 0-1 fastball out to right-center field, vaulting Seattle to a 4-3 win.

“Moments like that are the best part of the season,” Lind said.

Lind is one of two players in Major League history to hit two walk-off home runs in a single season with his team trailing by two runs (Elias Sports Bureau). Lind joins David Ortiz, who turned the trick for Boston in 2006.

Take a look back at the Mariners walk-off home runs so far this season:

April 13 vs. Texas

Lee began the walk-off home run party on April 13 against the Texas Rangers. With the Mariners and Rangers tied at 2-2 in the bottom of the 10th, Lee belted a two-run home run into Texas’ left field bullpen, sending the Mariners to a 4-2 victory.

It was the first pinch-hit walk-off home run by a rookie in Mariners club history.

At age 33, Lee was the oldest rookie to hit a walk-off home run since Luke Easter hit one for the 1950 Indians at age 35.

 

May 11 vs. Tampa Bay

On May 11, Chris Iannetta broke a 5-5 tie between the Mariners and Rays with a solo home run in the bottom of the 11th. It was Iannetta’s 5th career walk-off home run and his 7th career walk-off hit overall.

 

May 24 vs. Oakland

Leonys Martin came through in the clutch with the Mariners trailing Oakland, 5-4, in the bottom of the 9th on May 24. Martin belted a 2-out, 2-run homer for a 6-5 Mariners win, marking his 2nd career walk-off home run. At the time, it was the Mariners first behind-to-ahead walk-off homer with two outs since Ichiro’s 2-out, 2-run home run in the Mariners 3-2 win vs. the Yankees on Sept. 18, 2009.

 

June 24 vs. St. Louis

With the Mariners down, 3-1, to St. Louis on June 24, Seager lead off with a double followed by a walk to Lee. Then, Lind stepped in and crushed a 3-run walk-off homer for a 4-3 Mariners win.

 

July 18 vs. Chicago-AL

Lind joins Dae-Ho Lee to give the Mariners two pinch-hit walk-off home runs this season. Prior to this year, the Mariners had recorded just two pinch-hit walk-off home runs in club history (also: Kendrys Morales, 6/23/2013 vs. OAK & Ken Phelps, 9/3/1986 vs. DET). In Major League history, only five clubs have hit 3 pinch-hit walk-off homers in the same season (Detroit, 1968; San Diego, 1986; Baltimore, 1987; Oakland, 1970 & Oakland, 2002).

Lind is the 3rd player in club history to hit a walk-off home run with two outs when trailing by two or more runs. The others are Phil Bradley, who hit a two-out grand slam home run on April 13, 1985 vs. Minnesota and Jim Presley, who belted a three-run homer with two down on May 9, 1981 vs. the Yankees. Both Bradley and Presley homered off of right-hander Ron Davis.

With his pinch-hit heroics last night, Lind becomes the 12th player in Major League history to hit a two-out, pinch-hit, walk-off home run with his team trailing by at least two runs (last: Scott Spiezio, 7/31/00 vs. DET w/LAA).

24 Stories – The Swing

 

Ken Griffey Jr. owned one of the smoothest swings the game of baseball has ever witnessed. It was a swing that produced 2,781 hits, 630 home runs and 1,836 RBI over his 22-year career. In today’s edition of 24 Stories, former teammates and current stars share their admiration for Junior’s swing.

#5 – The Swing

“Everybody says I have an uppercut swing. I don’t have an uppercut swing. It’s just my follow-through is up…I was taught to keep the bat in the zone as long as I can. That’s what I try to do. The longer it’s in the zone, the better chance you have of making contact.” – Ken Griffey Jr.

“We knew he was going to be a star just by watching him come up, watching his swing – natural swing.” – Mike Jackson

“There’s no way that he has that much more pop than everybody else, but in all actuality, he did. Because his swing was just that sweet.” – Adam Jones

“He gets into the box, and he knows that pitcher doesn’t want to mess up. He gets that bat up and gets wiggling and getting that rhythm going, you’re just waiting for something great to happen.” – Andrew McCutchen

“He just went up there, and it was nice and easy, nice and smooth. The ball just exploded off his bat.” – Alex Gordon

“One of the smoothest swings ever.” – Robinson Canó

“Junior’s swing was very unique, very smooth. The bat through the zone was one of the best in game. A lot of players have to make adjustments [but] Junior was pretty consistent his whole career.” – Edgar Martinez

Visit Mariners.com/24stories to check out a new story each day as we count down to Junior’s number retirement at Safeco Field on August 6.

Mariners Gameday Information – July 18 vs. White Sox

Game InformationGame #93 (7/18): Mariners (46-46) vs. White Sox (45-46) | 7:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers:  LHP Wade LeBlanc (1-0, 3.52) vs. LHP Chris Sale (14-3, 3.38)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | White Sox | Mariners-White Sox History

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07.18 Lineup CWS_SEA

24 Stories – The Photography

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Seattle Mariners team photographer Ben VanHouten captured one of the most iconic moments in Ken Griffey Jr.’s career – as well as Mariners club history – on Oct. 8, 1995 at the Kingdome. In today’s edition of 24 Stories, VanHouten recalls documenting the celebration that unfolded when Edgar Martinez laced a double into the left field corner to score Joey Cora and Griffey as the Mariners defeated the Yankees, 6-5, in game 5 of the 1995 American League Division Series.

#4 – The Photography

“I was on the 1st base side, and I just remember having Edgar come up to the plate. I remember looking at my camera – and obviously remember that this was the time when we shot film, and you only had 36 shots. I looked down, and I think I had eight frames left. I knew if something were to happen, that would not be enough. I quickly put in a new roll of film, and then of course, Edgar gets the double. I’ve got a fresh roll of film coming in. I’m shooting him as he’s coming around and sliding into home plate. So it was a win-win for all the photographers because we got an iconic shot of his slide coming in, the celebration and then also the other famous shot of Junior’s head popping out of the pile with the big smile. Usually, you either get it or you don’t get it.” – Ben VanHouten

Visit Mariners.com/24stories to check out a new story each day as we count down to Junior’s number retirement at Safeco Field on August 6.

Mariners Gameday Information – July 17 vs. Houston

Game Information

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Game #92 (7/17): Mariners (46-45) vs. Astros (49-42) | 1:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers:  LHP Mike Montgomery (3-3, 2.06) vs. RHP Collin McHugh (5-6, 4.50)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Game Information: Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

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24 Stories – The Tribute

 

Ken Griffey Jr. championed the idea that every player in Major League Baseball wear Jackie Robinson’s #42 on April 15, the anniversary of Robinson’s Major League debut. Griffey first wore #42 on April 15, 1997 at Cleveland, the 50th anniversary of Robinson breaking the color barrier in baseball. The idea was later adopted throughout MLB in 2009 by then-Commissioner of Major League Baseball Bud Selig.

Ken Griffey Jr. stands next to Jackie Robinson’s newly-retired #42 after it was retired at the Kingdome – and across baseball – in 1997.

#3 – The Tribute

“If he didn’t do what he did, I probably wouldn’t be doing what I do, or it might not ever happen. Some of the greatest players of all time may have not been able to play because he didn’t go out there and sacrifice his life for all of us. He’s the guy that we all look up to and say, ‘Could somebody do that in this day and age?’ I talked to Bud [Selig] and I asked him, ‘Could I wear 42?’ He said, ‘Do you mind if everybody wears it and I go, ‘No, the more, the better. I just want to do it because I’ve worn it before and I just want to give my respects to him.’ To have everybody in Major League Baseball wear it is unbelievable. Because every time you see it that one day  – 42 – it means a lot.” – Ken Griffey Jr.

Visit Mariners.com/24stories to check out a new story each day as we count down to Junior’s number retirement at Safeco Field on August 6.

Mariners Gameday Information – July 16 vs. Houston

Game InformationGame #91 (7/16): Mariners (45-45) vs. Astros (49-41) | 1:10 pm PT | Safeco Field
Starting Pitchers:  RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (9-6, 4.25) vs. RHP Lance McCullers (4-3, 3.79)
Radio: 710 ESPN & Mariners Radio Network…also Mariners.com (MLB.tv subscribers)
TV: The game will be televised in HD on ROOT SPORTS
Live Stats: MLB Gameday will provide a live box score with pitch-by-pitch data
Starting Lineups: Starting lineups will be posted on MarinersMedia.com and Twitter when they become available
Game Information: Mariners | Astros | Mariners-Astros History

Roster | 2016 Media Guide | Game Notes | Standings | Schedule | MarinersMedia.com | Promotions
Social Media: From the Corner of Edgar & Dave | Instagram | @MarinersPR | @Mariners | @LosMarineros | Facebook

**Updated Lineup**

07.16.16 Lineup HOU-SEA

Mariners All-Access on ROOT SPORTS

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This week on Mariners All-Access from ROOT SPORTS Robinson Canó as mentor, Blowers on Griffey and Vidal Nuño’s changeup.

Canó Leadership –  Robinson Canó talks about his leadership style with the young players on the team especially Ketel Marté and Leonys Martin. We’ll also hear from Marté and Martin on Cano’s advice.

Brad & Blowers on Griffey – Brad Adam sits down with Mike Blowers to talk about Ken Griffey Jr. on the eve of his Hall of Fame Induction. Mike talks about Junior’s impact in the early years and some of the amazing moments from the Hall of Famer that still leave him shaking his head.

Pitching Mechanics with Vidal Nuño – Lefthander Vidal Nuño explains how he throws his changeup and why it’s become one of his most effective pitches.

August Special Events: We look at some of the fun special events coming to Safeco Field in August. It’s a big month including Ken Griffey Jr. Hall of Fame Weekend, and Star Wars™ Weekend. Mariners Director of Marketing Gregg Greene gives us a preview.

1st Half Plays—Robinson Canó Edition– Our Frontier High Speed Review looks back at some of the best plays for the first half from Mariners All-Star Robinson Canó.

Catch this week’s edition of Mariners All Access

  • Sunday, 12:00 p.m.
  • Monday and Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
  • Friday at 3:00 p.m.
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