Another home win for the Mariners. Believe it or not, the M’s can hit and they proved it tonight. There isn’t much to say about this game though. It was simply complete domination as the Mariners ran over the Tigers.
Felix Hernandez had his most dominating outing of this young season tonight, much to M’s fans’ relief. He went 6.2 innings with only two earned runs, four hits, and two walks. He polished this sharp outing with nine strikeouts, topping his fastball out at 97 mph. His slider—which really looks more like a curveball— was good but not terribly effective as he had a hard time keeping it out of the dirt throughout the game. His two-seam fastball was his best pitch tonight, and with that pitch, he dominated the Tigers throughout the entire game, aside from the fourth inning, when the Tigers caught on to his pitch repertoire for a few hits.
While the M’s pitching was stellar throughout the game, it was really a win for the M’s offense. Eight of the M’s eleven hitters made it on base tonight. Seven Mariners had hits in this game. Four of them ended up having multiple hits. Together, Ichiro and Figgins got on base five times and scored three runs. This is a break from the norm, as usually this pair is expected to score the bulk of the Mariners’ runs.
Gutierrez continued his productive, contact- oriented approach tonight as he knocked three line drives for base hits tonight. He also slugged out a two-RBI triple to the gap in right-center. Franklin’s reliable contact thus far in the season continues to be a ray of hope for their typically meager offense.
No homeruns for the M’s tonight. They played aggressive small ball instead, with a game-long succession of singles. They stole a couple bases but shied away from being overaggressive on the base paths, and this time it paid off.
Figgins continued his patient approach, racking up three walks, and of course, managing to score a run off of one of those. This should pay off in the long run for the M’s as last year, most of the team had sparce walks.
All in all, this wasn’t a game. It was a homicide, and the Tigers were the victim. Don’t expect the M’s to rack up 12 hits all the time, and perhaps not any time soon, but tonight’s game should put a smile on Mariner fans’ faces. Enjoy.
Outcome: 11-3, M’s win.