Mariners Sweep Blue Jays for 7th Win in a Row!
Wow what a game! I just got back home after attending the final game of the three game series with the visiting Toronto Blue Jays and I haven’t felt this good about the Mariners in three years! In case you missed it our boys beat the Jays tonight 5-2 for their seventh straight win which is the longest win-streak since 2007. The sweep tonight would not have been possible were it not for the strong outing by Blake Beavan who went 7 2/3 innings throwing only 82 pitches, 64 of which were strikes.
Beavan gave-up a couple of dingers early to Colby Rasmus and Kelly Johnson much to the delight of the Canadian fans who were onboard tonight to cheer (and drink) at Safeco field making-up a good share of tonight’s crowd of 22,537. Of course a lot of them knew about Eric Thames who was just traded to the Mariners and so they gave him a big cheer when he was introduced in their polite, provincial way. But by the time this one was over Eric Thames proved he was a Mariner making a great catch out in left early on and providing the biggest blow of the night with his huge 2-out, 2-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to tie the game a three apiece.
We have seen an endless stream of young players/prospects out on the field in the past few years and we are due for one of them to prove he belongs in the Majors. Thames brings the extra electricity of a Big Leaguer when he steps into the batters box, and tonight he looked every bit the part with his play in the field and huge homer.
The Mariners also got a couple more runs on a clutch 2-out single by John Jaso in the sixth to drive-in Michael Saunders and another in the next inning off the bat of Dustin Ackley to bring home Brendan Ryan ,giving the Mariners a 5-3 cushion which proved to be enough on this wonderful night at the ballpark.
The Mariners now move to 50-57 on the campaign and have some momentum on their side as they fly to New York to begin a tough road trip which may determine if our guys can claw their way back to .500 before the season ends. I gotta say I’ve been pretty hard on Jack Z. and his rebuilding plan on this Mariners Blog, but ever since the All-Star break this club has been fun to watch.
The Mariners since the break are actually scoring some runs on a regular basis and the pitching staff has been unbelievable setting a monthly club record in July with an MLB-best 2.73 ERA., and it seems like the guys are actually starting to gel and feeding off each other’s energy. Who knows if this will prove to be the high point of the 2012 season or not, but from my vantage point it is long overdue and looks like there will be more wins to come. Go M’s http://jeffsmariners.com
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