Awww, I go away for a few days and the M’s find a way to get swept by the Twins? Are you kiddin’ me? I dunno how this stuff happens. The M’s have been swept three times this year, all at home. They’ve been swept by the A’s. The A’s are terrible and injured. They’ve been swept by the Angels. The Angels can barely find 25 unwounded guys to put in a uniform. They’ve been swept by the Twins, a team playing sub-.300 ball who don’t even have the excuse of being injured. How does this happen? I have no freakin’ idea; it’s just baseball.
So the only thing to do is take it out on the next team in, the equally hapless San Diego Padres, our fierce rivals in the N.L.
It was certainly nice to get a decent pitching performance from starting pitcher Nate Karns on Monday after three consecutive clunkers from Felix Hernandez, Nate Miley and Taijuan Walker. Mariner hitters took out their frustrations first on starter Andrew Cashner for four runs in the sixth inning, and then pounded former Mariner Brandon Maurer for five more in the eighth inning to leave no doubt the M’s were pissed and the Padres pitchers better come to Safeco with their steel helmets for the two game series. Kyle Seager homered off Cashner, and Dae Ho Lee went deep off Maurer, but five of ten Mariner hits were of the extra-base sort, including two doubles by Seth Smith, a career first.
Today’s game was a daylight send-off to a brief road trip to San Diego and Texas. But it was like the guys in the home dugout really needed to make amends to the Seattle fans. They did. Scoring early and often, they drove starter James Shields out of the game after 2.2 innings, scoring ten times. Turning their attention to reliever Luis Perdomos, the Mariners scored another six runs, taking a 16-0 lead before taking a little breather and allowing starter Hisashi Iwakuma to polish off the Padres, with the help of Vidal Nuno and Mike Montgomery, 16-4.
It was great day for Mariners hitting. Every starting Mariner stater had at least one hit, except Robinson Cano, who was walked three times and scored twice. The 14 Mariner hits combined with ten free passes for congestion on the base paths and required an occasional cleaning. Kyle Seager, Seth Smith twice, Franklin Gutierrez, and Adam Lind were happy to provide domestic service, driving the ball out of Safeco Field, driving in 12 of the 16 runs. Only Smith’s second homer was a solo blast.
The Mariners now lead the major leagues in home runs with 78. Though the M’s left a path of rubble while waltzing through the Padres’ pitching staff, they remain tied with the Rangers for the AL West Division lead with the Rangers leading the Cleveland Indians 3-0.