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Monday, September 15
Mariners Sweep Semi-Finals Series Against Brewers

The Mariners swept their Semi-Final series against the Brewers this past week to reach the Championship Series where they will face the defending champion Ravens this weekend.  The 12-5 victory on Tuesday night was followed with a 7-4 win on Saturday morning completing an entire season 7-game sweep of the Brewers. 

The M's came out with a purpose on Tuesday night scoring 5 runs in the bottom of the 1st inning after a 2 week hiatus.  Ando started the game with a single and turned it into a triple with stolen bases.  Then, after a fly ball to right, 5 straight hits and a walk ended up plating 5 runs to get the M's started off real nice.  That was really John Lee would need on the mound.  He mowed through Brewers hitters for 5 shutout innings- giving up just 2 hits and 2 walks along the way.  JLee has been dominant all season long, get a load of these numbers: 33 innings pitched, just 21 hits, only 3 earned runs, and 29 strikeouts while only walking 5.  Pretty amazing stuff Wayne!!

For his shutdown performance on the mound, and their 3-hit efforts at the dish, JLee, Sean Anderson, and DJ Pennick all shared the Thank God They Shut Off the Sprinklers In Time at Bannerwood Player of the Game Award.   Great game fellers!   

On Saturday morning, the M's didn't score in the 1st for the first time in awhile, but it didn't take much longer- the 2nd inning is when they struck.  After Tyler Abott reached on a strikeout that got away from the catcher, the Skipper singled and JLee walked to load the bases.  Shane Hoey then hit a ground ball to 2nd base to score the first run of the ball game and Alex Kelly singled into the 6 hole to plate the 2nd run of the inning.  The M's added on 4 more in the 3rd highlighted by and 2-RBI ground rule double to left field by Tyler Abbott. 

On the mound, Jim Radovich looked like a younger version of himself and went 7 innings to pick up his 8th win of the season.  Rado got touched up for a few runs in the 7th, but it was a solid outing for the savvy bearded veteran.  Kyle Albertson came on to throw 2 scoreless innings to pick up his 3rd save of the year.  Great pitching all around guys.  For his outstanding pitching performance in the heat, Jimbo earned himself the I9 Sports Why Did We Keep Playing Through the National Anthem Player of the Game Award.  Great game El Flame! 

Now the Mariners will face off against their old-time rivals, the Ravens, on Friday night.  With the Olympic Division title on the line, JLee will get the opening game start on the mound and Jim Radovich will take game 2.  The Mariners split the season series with the Ravens 2-2 this year, so it should be a great championship series. 

Friday night, 6:45 at Rainier Beach High School.  Make sure to bring your kevlar, your piece if you have one, and don't walk from the field to the parking lot by yourself after the game.  This is what we played the entire season for boys, let's go out there and win ourselves a title!  See you all Friday night.     

Friday, August 29
9 Jumbled Mariners Win Last Regular Season Game 5-3

On a night where the M's had only 9 guys at the game (one of those being an after first pitch arrival), and the Skipper allowed free defensive rotations and 3 first time pitchers...the Mariners still came away with a 5-3 victory to end their regular season.  This game definitely proved the versatility and overall athletic ability of the guys on the team, as well as the quality of depth from top to bottom on our roster. 

The M's ended up giving up a run in the 1st when they only had 8 fielders at the time.  No big deal they said, we will come back and score 3 in the bottom half of the inning.  Ando reached base like he usually does to start the game and promptly stole second.  After a flyout to right, JLee stepped in and singled Ando home.  Aaron Race singled JLee over to 3rd, the Skipper drew a walk to load the bases, Nate Emmel grounded out to short to plate a run, and then in perhaps one of the weirdest plays you will see...Aaron Race broke for home plate on a pitch with Alex Kelly at the dish with a 2 strike count.  What?  Is he trying to get himself killed?  Surprised and panicked, AK wildly swung at the pitch that was down in the turf and it got away from the catcher.  Race scored and AK made it to first on a strikeout and wild pitch.  Kind of crazy! 

The M's tacked on another run in the 2nd when Ando tripled and Abby singled him home right away.  Another single run in the 5th capped the M's scoring for the day.  Abby got the rally started with his 2nd hit of the ball game and came around to score on an Alex Kelly RBI single of his own. 

On the mound, it was a rotating door of pitchers Tuesday night.  AK got the start and threw two innings.  He gave up a few hits and a few runs, but only one was earned.  Nate Emmel then made his first pitching appearance of the year and threw a scoreless inning despite giving up two hits and a walk (thanks to Abbott for making a perfect throw to get a runner trying to go first to third on a single).  Aaron Race came in throwing straight petro in his first pitching appearance of the season and also went through his inning scoreless.  Then it was Sean Anderson's turn...another scoreless inning even with a strikeout of the first batter he faced!  Abby came on to throw a 1-2-3 inning, JLee threw 2 innings striking out 4 in his short outing.  And then Alby slammed the door with 2 K's of his own in the 9th.  Pretty impressive pitching outing for a bunch of guys that have not thrown all year long!  Good work fellas. 

It should be noted that during the game, M's players ran out to whatever position they wanted all night long.  Lefty SS's, AK's in centerfield, the Skipper at 3rd...there were some crazy defensive alignments in this one.  With the exception of Rado (who was stationed in left field for the entire game- for better or worse, you be the judge), and Alby who manned the catching duties for 8 innings until he moved to the mound...Mariners were out of place all game long and it didn't seem to matter.  It was kind of funny that the ball seemed to find the Mariners that were actually in position at the time and didn't really find anyone way out of their usual spots all that often.  Maybe a good thing!   

Although it would be nice to give it to the entire pitching staff, it was JLee who shined the most on Tuesday night.  2 innings pitched, 4 K's, and a 3 for 4 day at the dish earned JLee the Where's My Disneyland Express Line Jumper Pass for Seattle Traffic and F the 99 and Mercer Mess Player of the Game Nod.  Awesome game Big Sexy!

With the win, the Mariners finished the regular season with a 19-5 record.  Not too shabby considering they started the year 3-3 in the their first 6.  A new group of guys came together and bonded quickly and played some great baseball along the way.  If you look at the stats, it was a true team effort all year long.  8 guys have averages above .300, 9 guys have on base percentages over .400, and 3 Mariners lead the team in RBI's with 16 apiece.  Having said that there were a few individual numbers that jump off the page as well.  Ando's 19 stolen bases and 28 runs scored in only 19 games played is pretty impressive.  Mark Rindy drew 15 walks in 17 games played...i didn't know Rindy could be so patient!  Clarkey's impressive run of 1st inning RBI's in so many games this year also needs to be mentioned. 

All in all, it was a great regular season, but the regular season means diddly squat if we can't bring home the championship in the playoffs.  We have the top offense in the league and the best pitching staff in the league, let's ride them both to the title!  Great season M's, it was fun to be a part of it.      

Friday, August 22
Mariners Roll to 13-3 Win And Clinch #1 Seed

The Mariners were back in action again on Thursday night against the Brewers for the 5th time in the past month and cruised to an easy 13-3 win to clinch the #1 seed in the Olympic Division playoffs.  The game started in typical M's fashion...Ando and Abby both got on base in the 1st and Brent Clarke drove them both home for the early lead.  It is such a luxury to basically get on the board in the 1st almost each and every game!  After Abby started the rally in the 3rd, the M's came away with 4 more runs that inning.  A single tally in the 4th, two more in the 5th, and 4 more in the 8th...13 runs total on 12 hits, 9 walks, and 5 HBP's!  Mariners were on base all game long putting pressure on the Brewers pitchers. 

Speaking of pitching, that is exactly what JLee did on Thursday night.  Although not the most efficient night in terms of pitch count for Wayner, he still mowed through Brewers for 6 innings and did not give up a run.  JLee now leads the league in ERA and WHIP, not to shabby!  Brent Clarke made his official debut on the mound Thursday night and was throwing some pretty nasty shiznit.  So nasty, Rindizzle was having some issues corraling some of his pitches.  Clarkey struck out 4 in just two innings of work, but did give up a pair of runs (only one earned).  Abby came in and looked a bit rusty himself, but finished the game with a pair of ground balls to short- one for a double play.  Another stellar performance all around by Mariners pitching...just like the real guys! 

Multi hit games were turned in by Ando, Abby, Ohly, Hoey, and DJ.  Abby, Clarkey, Hoey, and DJ all had at least 2 RBI's as well (Hoey had 3 on a bases clearing smash double in the 3rd).  7 different M's hitters reached base at least 3 times, and all but 2 Mariners in the original hitting lineup scored a run.  A total team effort in this one!  But, having to make a decision, for their extraordinary efforts, JLee and his dominant pitching performance along with Tyler Abbott and his 2 for 4 with a walk, 2RBI's, 3 runs scored, a stolen base, and inning pitched shared the Really...Another GoshDarn Ice Bucket Challenge Posted on Facebook Player of the Game Award.  Which is fitting since both of those guys have actually done the Ice Bucket Challenge (JLee in the parking lot prior to the game). 

It needs to be noted that first year Mariner Aaron Race has been beaned 6 times in just 57 plate appearances this year- and none of them have been really cheapies either (he is getting absolutely drilled when he gets hit).  This is one per every 9.5 PA's.  The all-time record was set by Dan Rickert  (whose constant chatter and positive self-talk...positive ABOUT himself, not necessarily positive TO himself probably drew the ire of many a pitchers) when in 2005 he was hit 19 times in 164 plate appearances, which equaled out to getting hit once every 8.6 PA's.  Man, people really don't like you guys, maybe you should both stop winking and giving kissy lips to the pitchers when you step in the box.   

The M's have two regular season games left.  Saturday at Marymoor Park against the Bombers and Tuesday's Free For All on the Field against the Cannons.  Let's keep the offensive Mojo Risin' and have some fun on defense.  See you guys Saturday night.   

Wednesday, August 20
Full Mariners Squad Beats Cannons 4-3

On a night where all 17 Mariners on the roster showed up for the first time all season, the Mariners and their 14-man hitting lineup managed to sneak out a 4-3 victory against the Cannons at Meridian BallPark in Shoreline.  The matrix was busy and in full effect Tuesday, with the skip shuffling defensive lineups constantly throughout the game.  Through the shuffling, however, he might have found something special with Shane Hoey at shortstop.  Hoey made two brilliant plays at short- one fielding a ground ball deep in the six hole and firing all the way across the diamond to get the runner just in time at first base; the second he ranged up the middle, dove to snag the grounder, got up quickly, spun, and threw all in one motion to get the runner at first.  Two Sportscenter Top 10 plays for sure.  Add in the play that Clarkey made deep behind the bag at third where he showcased his arm strength by throwing a dart about head high all the way across the diamond, and the Mariners infield flashed some signs of amazeballsness last night! 

Offensively, the M's started quickly yet again by scoring two runs in the 1st.  Ando led off the game by getting hit and stealing 2nd.  Abby banged a ball up the middle for a single, then proceeded to pull of a double steal with Ando for the first run of the ball game.  While the 3rd baseman was arguing the call at the plate instead of paying attention to his base, Abby alertly took the extra 90 feet on the play.  Clarkey then lined a one hopper to short to plate Abby for the early 2-0 lead.  Abby scored again in the 4th on a slash 2-out single to left center by Garrett Davis, and then later in the same inning, JLee worked a bases loaded walk for the Mariners 4th and final run. 

Collin Evenson got his final start of the summer on the mound Tuesday night and looked great.  Working most efficiently than he has all season, Collin cruised through 6 innings of work for his 3rd win as a Mariner.  Collin finished giving up just 2 runs, struck out 4, and walked 2.  It was great having Collin out for the summer and he provided the Mariners with some much needed quality innings.  Best of luck back at Occidental for you this upcoming year!! 

DJ came in and pitched two innings of his own.  Struggling with control a bit early, and possibly the footing on the mound without his spikes on, DJ worked out of a jam in the 7th by only giving up just the one run following a leadoff walk.  His second inning of work was much smoother, a 1-2-3 that took just 5 pitches. 

Straight from the bank, Rado closed the deal in the ninth with a quick and efficient 1-2-3 of his own.  Again, the Mariners pitchers shined in this one! 

For his pitching effort and the for the sparkling defensive plays and his 1 for 2 day at the plate...Collin Evenson and Shane Hoey shared the Google Maps is not Always 100% Accurate Where the Hell is Meridian Park Player of the Game Award.  Great game both of you.  M's are right back in action on Thursday night against the....wait for it, you guessed it...Brewers for the bazillionth time in the past month.  Game time is 7pm at Russell Road.  Bring your teals and your big sticks, it is time to break out offensively! 

Monday, August 18
Mariners Beat Brewers 8-5 For the 3rd Time This Season

After their first 2 game losing streak of the season (albeit one of those losses a lightning shortened affair against the Ravens last week), the Mariners came back on Sunday afternoon and beat the Brewers 8-5 to get back into the win column.  It was the third time this year the M's and Brew Crew played to an 8-5 score, and all 3 times, the M's came out on top. 

After some late night birthday shennanigans, Nate Emmel started the Mariners off right by working a tough walk, stealing 2nd (although he did seem to hit a wall about 20 feet from the bag and barely slid/flopped into 2nd ahead of the tag), moved to 3rd on a Tyler Abbott single then scored on a wild pitch to give the M's an early 1-0 lead.  Way to manufacture from the leadoff position Nater, even after you tied one on pretty tight the night before! 

The M's tacked on 4 more in the 2nd.  Sean Anderson (the usual leadoff man who also had a rough night) started things off with a single, then stole two bases of his own before scoring on an Alex Kelly single.  AK then, to the surprise of EVERYONE in the ballpark, took off for second and picked up his first stolen base of the season.  Garret Davis promptly scored AK on a single.  After a strikeout and a Tyler Abbott walk, DJ Pennick stepped up and crushed a ball off the base of the fence in right field to plate the final two runs of the rally for one of the loudest singles you will ever see.  A single run tally in the 5th and two more in the 6th capped the M's scoring for the day.  When all was said and done, the Mariners finished with 12 hits, 2 apiece from Abby, Rindy, AK, and GDavis.  They also finished with a whopping 10 stolen bases...can someone teach the tall righty from the Brew Crew a slide step??

On the mound, Kyle Albertson fought through a bit of fatigue and battled his way through 5 innings of work.  Kyle ended up giving up 5 runs, but only 3 of those were of the earned variety as Alby picked up his 3rd win of the year.  John Wayne Lee came out of a brief one-week long retirement, much to the appreciation of the Skipper and the team, and took over in the 6th to work 4 solid innings and earn his 2nd save of the season.  Wayner gave up just 2 hits (one being a weak fly ball to left that the Skipper couldn't see off the bat until it was too late), struck out 3 and needed just 40 pitches to cruise through his 4 innings.  Great work JLee.  For his strong pitching effort that shut the door on the Brewers chances of mounting a comeback, JLee earned himself the Ice Cold Refreshing Bubble Gum Pink Italian Soda (Instead of Gatorade) Player of the Game Award. 

The Mariners now carry a 1 game lead over the Ravens for 1st place in the division.  The M's finish the regular season with a Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday, Tuesday stretch of games.  If the Mariners win out, they will lock up the #1 seed and a first round bye in the playoffs.  Let's make it happen.  Tuesday night at Meridian BallPark in Shoreline against the Cannons.  Collin Evenson gets the start on the mound.  See y'all Tuesday night.

Monday, August 11
M's Take Two From Bombers Then Get Throttled by the Cascade Brewers

Now that he schedule is fast and furious, the M's played three games over the past week...and went 2-1. Tuesday and Thursday night, the M's took on the Bombers in back-to-back games and came away with back-to-back wins to push their win streak to 11 games. The Tuesday affair ended up being 11-5, and the Thursday game finished 7-2.

Quick highlights from the two wins against the Bombers: John Lee and Aaron Race both had multi-hit games against the Bombers Tuesday night while Ando scored 3 runs, and Abby, Hoey, and Race all drove in a pair of their own each. Collin Evenson picked up 2nd win of the season, Rado continued to look really good on the bump, and there was even a Tyler Abbott sighting on the mound Tuesday night! Abby worked a scoreless 9th inning in his 1st pitching appearance of the year. For their multi-hit efforts, John Lee and Aaron Race shared the EQC Tracer Mentink Vs Mueller Player of the Game Award. Great game fellas.

Thursday night's win not only marked the first game in their sharp looking new teal alternate jerseys straight from the province of China, but it also showcased a 3 for 3 performance by the Skipper that included a 2 run home run in the 2nd inning. Brent Clarke and DJ Pennick chipped in with two hits of their own. John Lee threw 7 solid innings for his 2nd win of the season and DJ finished things up with 2 innings of work in his first pitching appearance of the year. For his first breakout game of the year, the Skipper earned the Meeker Street Did That Pitch Actually Register on the Radar Gun Player of the Game Award.

Carrying their 11 game win streak into the matchup with the Cascade Brewers on Sunday morning, the M's looked to stay hot and keep the streak alive. Unfortunately, the older Brew Crew had other ideas. After a promising start in the top of the 1st that led to a 1-0 lead for the M's, things went downhill from there. A 3-run 2nd inning for the Brewers that included a moon shot leadoff homerun by the guy with the biggest arms in the league was really all the Brewers needed on the day for the win. But they weren't done there. They continued to hit the ball well all game long to the tune of 8 runs on 12 hits and 5 walks. Unfortunately for the M's, they scattered 8 hits throughout the ball game, but could not mount a rally besides the single run they manufactured in the 1st. Tyler Abbott hit the ball really well all game long and came away with two hits, as did Aaron Race. Race also played stellar defense at 3rd base as well. For his two-way effort, Aaron earned himself the Sunday 9am Games Are Not the Mariners Strong Suit Player of the Game Honor. Great game Aaron.

Luckily, the M's do not have to let the loss sit for long. Time to flush that one down the toilet and come back strong against the Ravens tonight at the Cox. The M's have a two game lead in the Division that they need to protect. Another classic Radovich vs. Thornton matchup...the classic rivalry. Let's come out and take care of business boys. Time to get back in the win column.

Monday, August 4
Mariners Take 2 More From Brewers to Bump Streak to 9

For the  2nd and 3rd time in the past 4 games, the M's took on the Brewers Thursday night and Sunday night and came away with two more victories.  Due to the "random" scheduling system, the M's and Brewers have become familiar foes over the past week and a half.  Thursday night, the M's earned the 8-5 win at the COX in front of some Mariners past- when Jeff "Parneazy" Parnel, "Thunder" Dan Rickert, and Adam "Big Jumbo" Plenkovich showed up to watch a ballgame. 

Recently, the norm has been to get on the board in the 1st with Ando scoring on a Clarke RBI something...but on Thursday, the M's had to wait all the way until the 3rd inning for that to happen.  Clarkey scored Ando on an RBI double and then scored himself on a DJ Pennick double.  The M's then waited around until the 7th before they did more damage.  Thee Old Skipper got the rally started with a leadoff walk and followed it up with his first stolen base of the season.  Wait, let me write that sentence again so you can all take it in...Thee Old Skipper picked up his first stolen base of the season!!  After a couple of quick outs, and a Sean Anderson walk, Garrett Davis came up clutch with a 2RBI single.  Following a couple of walks- one of the intentional variety to DJ, JLee made the Brewers pay with a bases loaded bases clearing double of his own.  Great AB, JLee.  Another tack on run by the Skip in the 8th capped the scoring for the M's Thursday night. 

On the mound, Collin Evenson got his first start since being smashed in the pitching elbow at UW about a week and half prior.  Collin gave up a few hits and a couple of runs in the 1st while shaking off the rust, but then cruised through the next 3 innings before a few more hits marked the end of his evening in the 5th.  Collin finished with 4 1/3 innings pitched, 4 runs, 8 hits and 4 K's.  Solid effort after a traumatic last outing.  Jim Radovich came on the 5th to work out of a jam, and then he proceeded to mow down Brewers hitters to slam the door and earn his 5th win of the year.  Rado's final line: 4 2/3 innings, 1 run on 3 hits, while striking out 3 Brewer hitters.  For his solid work on the bump, Jimbo picked up the Aztecca on Ambaum Wait They are Closed Elliot Bay Brewery Instead Player of the Game Honor.  The win moved the M's win streak up to 8 games. 

Late Sunday night after a long Seafair weekend, the M's were back in action at Lower Woodland Park against the same Brewers team yet again.  With a few guys out due to Seafair Sun Sickness- and potentially a few too many adult type beverages, the M's had to get the job done with a re-shuffled lineup.  DJ Pennick got the M's on the board in the 2nd on an absolute bomb shot that flew through the tree about 3/4 of the way up way beyond the right field fence.  It was a fun ball flight to watch!  Brent Clarke picked up another RBI single in the seems like he has an RBI base hit every single game!  Another single run tally in the 4th gave the M's a 3-0 lead.  The Brewers came back with 2 runs of their own in the 5th, albeit of the unearned variety.  Another single run in the 8th tied the ballgame at 3.  But the Mariners rallied in the 9th.  Shane Hoey started the rally with a base knock.  Alex Kelly then walked, Aaron Race got hit for the 2nd time in the game to load the bases.  Tyler Abbott then calmly worked a walk of his own to give the Mariners the lead back.  Nate Emmel then stepped up and broke out of his recent self-proclaimed slump with a clutch 2 RBI single up the middle to give the M's some cushion.  That was followed by some drama on a brutal strike 3 call that led to Clarkey's first PSSBL ejection.  Somebody needed to go and talk to that guy...but it all happened too fast.   

In the bottom half of the inning, Rado struck out the last two Brewers hitters with the bases loaded and the M's only up by 2 to give the Mariners their 9th win in a row.  Rado secured his 6th win of the season- tops in the Olympic Division.  Not lost in the wash was another solid outing by Kyle Albertson.  6 innings of work, no earned runs, just 5 hits and 4K's.  For their combined pitching effort, Rado and Kyle shared the Seafair Blue Angels are Back Brought to you by Blue and Green Skittles Player of the Game Award.  The Mariners pitching staff continues to be stellar across the board.  M's pitchers as a unit have a combined 2.91 ERA and a stingy 1.20 WHIP.  More importantly, they have led the team to 12 wins while only losing 3 times. 

4 games on the docket in the next week- Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday, and Monday!  Get yer water and your IB's!  Teal jerseys should be in by Thursday at the latest, so the M's may come out with a new look for that game.  Exciting stuff. 

Monday, July 28
Mariners Take Two and Up Win Streak to 7

After their final week and a half long stretch between games for the season (until the playoffs), the Mariners were in action both Saturday and Sunday this past weekend.  The M's took care of business and came away with two victories, an 8-5 win against the Brewers on Saturday, and an exciting, hard fought 3-2 win against the Cascade Orioles on Sunday morning. 

In their first meeting of the year, the M's took on the always pesky Brewers squad at Eastlake HS on Saturday afternoon.  For the 4th game in a row, Sean Anderson was able to get on and score in the 1st inning to give the M's an early lead.  For the 3rd game in a row, it was Brent Clarke that drove him in!  That is how the top of the lineup is supposed to perform...great work fellas.  On Saturday, the M's weren't done there though.  After Clarkey's RBI single, JLee drew a walk, and then the newly acquired Kyle Stalker came up and blasted, and i mean BLASTED, his first home run of the year and as a Mariner to DEEP right field.  The 3 run shot gave the M's a 4-0 lead and they never looked back from there.  The Brewers did tighten up the score in the 5th with 2 runs of their own.  But the M's answered back with 2 of their own in the bottom half of the inning when Shane Hoey walked, Ando doubled, GDavis sac flied Hoey home, and Ando scored on a passed ball.  Being the pesky Brewers though, they came back with two more of their own in the top half of the 6th.   

On a short leash in the 7th, Alex Kelly decided to take matters into his own hands and go 1-2-3 in quick fashion to finish up his solid day on the mound.  AK ended up scattering just 4 hits, struck out 4, and picked up his 2nd win of the season.  For his strong pitching performance, and his 1 for 1 day at the plate, AK earned himself the Taco Time Fit Hit Healthy Bowl of Rice and Beans Shnit Player of the Game Award. John Lee came on in the 8th and cruised through 2 innings of work and looked great once again to shut the door on the Brewers. 

A few things of note from the game that need to be discussed.  There was some stellar outfield defensive play throughout the ball game on both sides.  Tyler Abbott made the Web Gem catch of the day in the 2nd inning on a line drive towards the right field line.  Abby ranged to his left, launched himself sideways ending up parallel to the ground, reached across his body and picked the ball out of the air just before it hit the turf.  To top it off, he even finished with the visually appealing 5 foot slide along the ground after making the catch, and he has the turf burns on his nipples to show for it!  Ando also made a stellar diving catch later in the ball game and came away with the same turf burns of his own, but his was relegated to mostly his forearm.  But it was the Brewers right fielder that seemed to be everywhere, making a few great catches of his own during the contest.  Luckily for the Skipper, the same right fielder hesitated a bit on a screaming meemie one hopper hit out to him in the 2nd inning.  Once he hit the ball, the Skipper thought to himself, "oh snap, he gonna done go throw me out at first base!!"  So the old guy got on his horse, turned on the quarter of an after burner he has left and slid feet first, yes feet first, safely into first base with the most beautiful artistically choreographed pop-up slide you will ever see.  Phew, that was a close one! 

After the win, the M's had a short turnaround to their next game bright and early Sunday morning against the undefeated Cascade Orioles. In their first cross division matchup of the year, the M's had their work cut out against them as they faced probably the best pitcher they will see all year. But the M's have a number of quality pitchers themselves, and Crazy Kyle Albertson came with his best stuff on Sunday.  The two hurlers matched stuff for stuff, shutting out the opposing offenses for the first 5 innings.  In the 6th, the Orioles broke the seal on a 2 out wild pitch...tough way to lose a shutout. Alby left the game after the 6th trailing, but you can't ask for anymore than this: 6IP, 2 hits, 9K's and only 2BB's.  Great game Alby!!

The Mariners struck back in the 7th to take the lead and get Kyle off the hook.  Thee Old Skipper got things going with a one out single to right.  With his calf starting to feel better, getting him back to his usual self will hopefully be like adding a mid-season free agent pickup at the trade deadline because he hasn't contributed like he is used to so far this year.  Big Sexy JLee then came up and smashed a ball into the left field gap.  The left fielder made a gallant diving effort, but came up just short.  The Skipper had to stop-start, but got things moving again and saw the left fielder picking up the ball as he came into third base.  So as he broke down into third, he took his eyes off the fielder and unbeknownst to him, i guess the left fielder turned into a Cirque du Soleil juggling act.  While the dugout yelled and screamed to keep going, Ohly stood still just across third base wondering what all of the commotion was about.  In the meantime, he could have walked to home plate, but at 3rd base he stood instead.  Whoops, sorry guys.  But Shane Hoey made it a moot point by singling Ohly home after a quality battle with two strikes on him.  Clutch hit Shano!  After a strike out, Shane and Johnny had a trick up their sleeve.  On a 1-1 pitch, Lee gave Shane the sexy eyes and Hoey bolted for 2nd base.  When the catcher decided to throw down, JLee took off for the plate, Hoey put on the brakes, JLee crossed the plate with a loud, exuberant, surprisingly junior high girlish pitched celebratory scream while Hoey stayed in the rundown long enough for the run to count.  Great thinking guys. 

Meanwhile, Jim Radovich had come on in the 7th and worked the fastest 3K inning you will ever see.  With about 1.2 seconds in between offerings, Rado struck out the side on only 10 pitches.  Where did that come from?  After another super fast 8th, Rado looked to close the door in the 9th.  After an easy check swing out, the Orioles put a guy on with a solid base hit up the middle.  But Rado calmly struck out the next hitter and quickly went 0-2 on the opposing pitcher.  Oh crap, did i say 0-2??  No Rado, say it ain't so...i thought we had the 0-2 hex beat this season?  Not this time- Rado's 0-2 cutter didn't quite cut, but the Orioles hitter still hit a pretty good pitch on the outer corner and drove it to right over Abby's head for the game tying triple.  Being the veteran he is, Rado bounced back and struck out the next hitter to end the inning. 

After nothing materialized for the M's in the bottom of the ninth, and Rado came back out and went 1-2-3 in the top of the 10th, it set the stage for an exciting finish.  John Lee led off the inning with a base hit into right center- his second hit of the ballgame.  JLee would have had a perfect game and reached base in all of his at bats had it not been for a terrible call by the home plate umpire after a long battle with a full count.  The umpire banged him on what was clearly ball 4 to spoil his perfection.  Anyhoo, back to the action.  Shane Hoey played smart baseball and sac bunted Lee to second.  The M's made a calculated decison to put in Kyle Albertson to run for JLee after Alby matter of factly answered the question of whether he was an upgrade over JLee speed wise with a simple, "I hope so"  An out later, Garrett Davis who self admittedly was feeling a bit out of sync this weekend at the plate smacked a 3-2 pitch into left field.  Alby came around 3rd waved along by the 3rd base coach and not so gracefully slid safely into home plate for the M's second walk-off win of the year.  Way to come through clutch Garrett! 

With so much production coming from the top of the lineup so far this year, it was nice to see the bottom third of the lineup do the damage on Sunday.  For their equal 2 for 3 days at the dish, Shane Hoey and John Lee shared the Early Morning Ibuprofen Bloody Mary "Food Poisoning" Player of the Game Honors.  Awesome effort fellas.  With the win, that pushed the M's streak to 7.  The Mariners have been playing some good ball after a .500 start through the first 6.  Mariners pitching continues to be the strength of the team, but just past the halfway point of the season, the offense looks like it could really be dangerous as well.  Now that the games pick up in frequency, the offense should really work into a good rhythm when they start getting some consistent AB's instead of waiting weeks between AB's.  Let's keep the Sodo Mojo Risin fellas.  Next up is the Brewers again Thursday night at the COX where I heard there will be a Big Jumbo Plenkovich sighting.  Bringing his Abu Dhabian flair and perfectly coiffed hair, it will be nice to see the big fella.  Hopefully some of the other Mariners of old not in action this season will also come out for that one!     

Friday, July 18
Mariners Win Again to Push Streak to 5

The Mariners were in action in the thriving metropolis known as White Center Thursday night against a Bombers team that had been hot of late.  White Center knew the M's were coming and set up a carnival in their honor right next to the field to celebrate.  After a slow start, the M's did not disappoint the Carnies and came away with an 8-3 victory. 

In the 1st, Sean Anderson did what he do and got the game started off right by getting the M's on the board.  Following a leadoff walk and a stolen base, Nate Emmel was a good Mariner with a great hitting approach and advanced Ando to 3rd on a ground ball to 2nd base.  Brent Clarke then plated Ando with an RBI ground out to short.  It sho is nice to have a rally starter at the top of the lineup that seems to score in the 1st inning each game.

In the 3rd, it was Shane Hoey's turn to start the rally.  A leadoff double put the pressure on the Bombers Fireballer pitcher- and by fireballer, i mean once he started his delivery, Mariner hitters had time to rub two sticks together for long enough to start their own fire before deciding whether or not to swing at the ball...but i digress.  After inducing two flyball outs, Brent Clarke came up big again with an RBI gap shot double to give the M's their second run of the ball game and tie the score at 2-2. 

Then the M's offense kind of went dormant for 3 innings.  Well, not totally dormant- the M's had runners on base and in scoring position in all 3 innings, but couldn't get the clutch hit to plate any runs.  In the meantime, the Bombers were able to scratch out their 3rd run of the game to take the 3-2 lead into the 7th.  That is when Ando decided to take matters into his own hands.  Instead of igniting a rally by getting on base and using his speed to manufacture a run, he decided to flex his muscles, show his power, and create his own run instead by blasting a 3-1 pitch into the playground beyond the left field fence.  It was Ando's team leading 2nd dinger of the season.  The game tying home run was followed by 3 consecutive singles, one of many baserunning blunders, and a clutch two-out RBI single by Tyler Abbott to bring the score to 5-3 by innings end. 

Another tally and another baserunning blunder clinic that included one of the weirdest triple plays you will ever see in the 8th (bases loaded and nobody out Clarkey hit a comebacker to the pitcher who promptly threw home for the force out at the plate. The catcher then fired to first trying to get the double play and airmailed into right. On the error Ando came around to score and Nate was flying around 3rd to follow, but the Skip put the brakes on and held him at 3rd.  At the time, BC was motoring around 2nd and didn't see the stop sign and got caught too far off the bag at 2nd.  He was tagged out at 2nd and everyone thought it was the 3rd out of the inning and starting walking off the field- including the umpires.  When the fielders realized it was only two outs, they threw over to 3rd where Nate was caught too far off the bag and tagged for the 3rd out of the play and blammo take that, end of inning!)...and the Mariners took a 6-3 lead into the darkness at the Cox when the lights would not come on.  Who is running this shyte show anyway?? By the way, can you believe that this site will not allow me to curse in writing, they make "bad" words **** after i click submit.  Weird.   

After a brief darkness delay, the Mariners decided to make it worthwhile in the 9th and came up with a couple of runs on a two-out so what rally.  Abby started the rally with his 2nd hit of the game, JLee worked his 2nd walk of the game, and the Skipper finally found some barrel and squared up a 1-2 curveball for a 2 RBI double to center.  Finally feeling a little frisky with his ailing calf starting to heal, the relay throw got away from the shortstop and to the surprise to everyone in the ballyard, the Skip rounded 2nd and kept running in an attempt to rekindle his youth and go from home to 3rd for the first time in many many years.  Unfortunately, the ball didn't get away as far as he thought, the shortstop regathered, and threw out Thee Old Skipper at 3rd while all of the Mariners laughed at him in the dugout.  I tried fellas. 

On the mound, Crazy Kyle Albertson got the start and was much more efficient with his pitch count this time out.  Kyle pitched six strong innings, gave up 3 runs (only one earned due to some shaky defense behind him) on only 5 hits, struck out 5 and walked just one Bomber batter.  It was a nice outing for Alby and good to see him get back in his rhythm.  Jim Radovich, whose flicker has turned back into the El Flame of old, came on in the 7th and cruised through 3 innings of work.  He gave up just one hit in his 3 frames and is really starting to get his dominant form back.  Great work pitchers, you are the glue that holds this team together and gives us a chance to win each and every time out. 

Since chicks dig the long ball and he finished 2 for 3 with 3 runs scored, 2 more stolen bases, a home run and an RBI...Sean Anderson earned his 2nd Into the Darkness No Lights White Center Carnival and FunFest Powered by Honda Generators Player of the Game Award.  Great Game Ando!! 

The Mariners now have a week off before the schedule picks up 3 fold in frequency at the end of July and througout August.  Back in action and facing the Brewers for the first time of the year on Saturday the 26th at Eastlake High School.  Be good to your bodies this week and stay sharp.  See you all next week.     

Monday, July 14
Mariners Play a Gem at the Diamond on Mountlake

With first place on the line and an extra $10 per player invested, the Mariners came out and made a statement against the defending champion Ravens on Saturay night at the newly renovated University of Washington ball yard.  A 6-0 victory put the M's into first place in the Olympic Division and gives the M's a 2-1 season series lead over their long time rival.

On a night where the weather was perfect, the ballpark was beautiful, and in front of a capacity crowd of 32 (38 if you counted all of the little kids)...Sean Anderson got the Mariners started off real nice like.  Leading off the game, he smashed a ball down the left field line.  While most Mariners would have cruised into 2nd with a stand up double, Ando saw the left fielder taking his time getting the ball back into the infield and decided to turn on another gear that is reserved for only those special few- the REALLY FAST gear!   Creating what seemed to be a blur around 2nd, Ando slid into 3rd easily with a leadoff triple and gave the M's the spark they needed.  Brent Clarke singled Ando home to give the Mariners an early 1-0 lead and it turned out that was all the M's needed due to some wonderful pitching.

Just becuase the one run was all that the Mariners needed, didn't mean that was all they wanted.  In the 4th, the M's were at it again.  Garrett Davis led off with a single and moved to 2nd on a passed ball.  Brent Clarke (who really likes reading his name in these write-ups) stepped up again and singled home his second run of the ball game.  Then, just to show he's still got it, stole 2nd to put himself in scoring position.  Mark Rindy did the honor of knocking Clarkey in on one of Rindizzle's 3 hits on the day. 

In the 6th, the Mariners pulled off a feat not too often duplicated on the baseball field.  They scored 3 runs after the first two batters of the inning got out, and they only ended up with one hit in the inning.  How did that happen you might ask?  Well it went a little something like this: Garrett Davis notched his 2nd hit of the ball game and then promptly stole 2nd.  Clarkey and DJ both drew walks to load the bases.  After a tough battle and fouling off multiple pitches, Mark Rindy also drew a full-count walk on a ball that got away from the catcher.  With the runners moving on the pitch, Clarkey saw his opportunity to flash his speed and hustle and turned the corner at 3rd and just kept going to score the 2nd run of the inning.  DJ being the heads up baserunner he is also followed Clarkey's lead and ended up at 3rd on the play.  Another wild pitch later during Abby's at bat, DJ came around to score the 3rd run of the inning.  Kind of crazy stuff. 

But enough of this offense nonsense.  The true story of the night was John Wayne Lee coming back to his alma mater and to the field originally built during his first year as a Husky.  It was JLee's time to rekindle his glory days and channel the spirits of Huskies old and new.  Even though the field was new, JLee looked comfortable on the mound that once supported his Pac-10 championship and closer of the year efforts.  Sporting a fresh haircut and with his young daughter on hand to watch, Wayne dominated the Raven lineup for 6 innings- giving up just one lone hit while throwing an economical 80 pitches.  While the velocity looked good Saturday night, it was the slider that was on display all game long- not to mention the trademark grunt that echoed througout the ball park.  Fun to watch JLee, great game out there.  For his extraordinary pitching effort, JLee earned the Purple and Gold He Went to Jared Player of the Game Honor. 

After John Lee was taken out following the 6th (not by his choice mind you, and letting the Skip know it on the way into the dugout), the Mariners still had nine outs to get.  Collin Evenson came in and cruised through his first inning of work and had two outs in the 8th before being smashed in the pitching elbow by a line drive right back up the middle.  After seeing an immediate black and blue lump accessorized by the seams of the baseball imprinted on his skin, Collin smartly decided his evening was over.  But never fear, Jim Radovich was ready to go.  Rado came in and got the 3rd out of the inning.  Rado did make preserving the shutout a little precarious in the 9th after 2 base hits, but he got the final 3 outs of the ballgame, slammed the door, saved the shutout, and gave the Mariners the victory!  Awesome work all around pitchers!! 

The Mariners are back in action against the Bombers on Thursday at the COX.  Bring your hard wood sticks and be ready to swing them around the yard!  See you then. 

Friday, July 11
Mariners Walk Off Last Week and Bang Two Grannies This Week Just for Fun!

It has been an entertaining week and a half for the Mariners for sure.  Even though it has lost a bit of its luster since i waited so long for the write-up, the M's victory last week against the White Sox needs to be published.  In the first time that I can remember, the team formerly known as the Skyway Park Bowl and Casino NABA American Division PSSBL Olympic Division Mariners walked off the field winners on a game-ending home run.  To make things even sweeter, it was against the same White Sox team that did the exact same thing to the Mariners earlier in the season!  In a game where the M's had the lead for almost the entire game, the scrappy Sox came back to tie the ball game in the 9th inning.  After failing to score in the bottom half of the ninth and Collin pitching out of a tough jam in the top of the 10th, it set the stage for the walk-off heroics...and who came to deliver...?  Dustin Ackley's look a like cousin Sean Anderson!  With one out, Ando popped a 1-1 pitch well over the left field fence for the victory and a meet you at home plate celebration!  It was Sean's first home run as a Mariner, and it couldn't have come at a better time.  Ando finished the game 3-6 with a couple of runs scored and a couple of RBI's as well.  Obviously, for his efforts, he had to be the odds on favorite for Player of the Game Honors.

But, it must be mentioned that after being thrown from a golf cart earlier in the day and rolling through the fairway grass like a swift moving tumbleweed that led to a very sore and swollen knee...Mark Rindy manned up and caught 10 innings while smacking his first home run of the season as well.  Rindizzle toughed it out and went 2 for 5 with 4 big RBI's all while blocking balls and being a wall behind the dish for extra time- did i mention he did all of this after being ejected from a golf cart earlier in the day?!?!.  We have definitely taken Rindy for granted for the past 10 years and that night was no exception.  So for their extraordinary joint efforts, Ando and Rindy shared the Mercer Island South A&R Concrete Slab of a Field Player of the Game Award.  Great game fellas. 

Follwing the game and celebration, the quote of the day came from Brent Someone Go Talk to That Guy Clarke when G Davis quickly scrambled to get his stuff together and raced out of the dugout saying he was late for a date.  As Garrett left the dugout, Clarkey dished this gem, "tell Kevin I said hi!!"  Good one Clarkey :)  

After taking about a week and a half off for the 4th of July holiday, the M's were back in action against the same White Sox team on Wednesday night.  On a beautiful sunny evening, the M's bats came out hot, and stayed hot- so hot that they smacked 22 hits, walked 8 times, and scored a total of 18 runs.  It started well in the top of the 1st when the first 4 Mariners reached base safely and then Tyler Abbott decided to flex his Hollywood style, Rabbit Food Fed, Lean and Mean muscles by smashing a full count towering fly ball over the right field fence grand slam home run.  It was Abby's first jimmy jack of the year.  But the M's weren't done there, they restarted the rally and notched two more runs in the inning to take a 7-0 lead right out of the gate.  After tacking on two more in the 2nd and single run tallies in the 3rd and 4th...the M's were at it again in the 7th.  The M's batted around their entire 10 man lineup (plus a few) in the 7th, highlighted by the second granny they knocked up in the affair...this one by the old Skipper on a first pitch (yes, you read that correctly...) a first pitch fastball that he squared up and drove over the right field wall.  Even a blind squirrel finds a nut some days.

It was a game where 8 of the 10 Mariner hitters had multi-hits, 5 Mariners hitters had at least 2 RBI's, and every Mariner hitter reached base safely at least one time during the game.  So for this breakout effort, the entire Mariners offense earned the You Have 15 Minutes to Warm Up and Prepare for a Game Mountlake Terrace HS Quality Customer Service Player of the Game Honor!  Great game hitters.  Oh yeah, Nate the Great Emmel also smacked his first home run as a Mariner in this contest as well.  A No Doubter to left field.  Nate has been on fire recently and is getting comfortable at the dish after his couple of years hiatus from the baseball field.  After his 3 hits on Wednesday night, Nate has his average up to .345 and he looks confident at the plate for sure!   

Not lost in the offensive barrage was a stellar relief appearance by the originally scheduled starter, Jimbo Radovich.  Coming into a jam in the 4th inning and the Sox starting to close the gap on the scoreboard, Rado took the ball and needed only 3 pitches to Houdini his way out of the inning.  He went on to throw 4 2/3 scoreless innings while giving up only one hit.  Rado struck out 4 and walked none and did this while only throwing a total of 51 pitches.  His command was spot on, his cutter was cutting, and he looked great.  Fantastic outing Rado! 

The M's are back in action at the newly renovated University of Washington Ballfield on Saturday against the defending champion and currently 1st place Ravens.  Looking to rekindle his glory days on the UW campus, John Wayne "Big Sexy" Lee will take the ball on the bump to start.  The Mariners have split their 2 previous games with the Ravens this season and are just a game back in the loss column of the Ravens in the Olympic Division.  Great field, awesome weather, two high level adversaries squaring off in what should be a great game Saturday night under the lights at UW.  Doesn't get any better than that!  See you all Saturday night.   

Monday, June 23
Mariners Split Another Pair Over Weekend

The Mariners kept their "every other" pattern going this past weekend with a tough loss against the White Sox, 9-5 on Saturday, followed by a 10-4 victory against the Cannons on Sunday.  For some reason on Saturday (maybe it was the ideal weather, the pristeen field conditions, the perfectly groomed mound, or maybe the 9am start time), for the first time this season, Mariners pitching struggled a bit with control issues.  Going into the game on Saturday, Mariners pitchers had only had one game in which they walked more than 2 batters.  Two of first five games were no-walk games.  But on Saturday, the 7 walks allowed came back to haunt the M's as 4 of them came around to score.  Offensively, the M's again had chances to put a bunch of runs on the board, but the timely hits eluded them.  The M's scattered 7 hits throughout the game, but just couldn't string a sustained rally together.  With really no huge highlights to speak of, the Mark Yoshino 101 Tips to Field Care and Maintenance Player of the Game Honor went to Mark Rindy for his solid work behind the dish, countless blocks of pitches in the dirt, along with his 1-2 day at the plate that included a double, RBI, run scored and a walk.  Nice Game Rindizzle!   

Sunday, the M's were back in action and got offensive early.  In the top of the 1st, the first 6 Mariners reached base and plated 3 runs before the rally came to an abrupt end after a strikeout and a gimpy, hobbled Skipper grounded into an inning ending double play.  After sputtering through the mid portion of the game where they could only manage one more run, the M's added 3 more runs in the 8th and 2 more in the 9th to put the game out of reach.

Some things of note to mention from this ballgame: Shane Hoey picked up his first 2 hits as a Mariner on Sunday- the first being a solid base hit to right in which he was almost thrown out by the Cannon right fielder who obviously did not get the memo that Shane should have been given a pass for running a half-marathon the day prior.  Also, in perhaps one of the more entertaining plays of the year...Nate Emmel smacked a base hit down the right field line and in his attempt to stretch it to a double, Nate tried to pull off the "show the hand and then take it away" slide into 2nd base.  Unfortunately, he ended up instead performing the "stop short" slide where he completely lost forward momentum, stuck into the ground and came to complete halt and was easily tagged out by the fielder about a foot or two short of the bag.  Great idea, not so hot on the execution portion Nater! 

Garrett Davis picked up his first 5-Hour Energy Monster Red Bull Gives you Wings High Enthusiasm on the Field Player of the Game award this season with his 3-4, 2 RBI, 2 Runs Scored, stand up triple, stolen base, and a walk thrown in for good measure performance.  Great game Garrett.  I think he even managed to catch a fly ball without putting his glove in position to catch it T-Rex style before the ball even reached its apex of flight!

It should also be mentioned that Jim "the banker" Radovich had another solid outing on the mound while picking up his 2nd win on the year.  Rado battled through some slight control issues and gave up just one run after scattering 6 hits, walking an un-Rado like 3 hitters and striking out 4.  Great outing El Flame!  Alex Kelly came on and cruised through his first two innings before making things a tad interesting in the 9th.  I guess AK26 decided he wanted to face the entire Cannon lineup one more time in the 9th and extend his pitch count for some extra work before locking it down and shutting the door on the Cannons hopes. 

With the win, the Mariners move to 4-3 on the season in which they have alternated wins and losses each game.  The M's are looking to scratch that pattern and earn back-to-back wins for the first time this year on Friday against the pesky White Sox.  The Sox have had the M's number this season winning the first two matchups between the two squads so far.  Time to turn the tables and exact some revenge against those guys.  Let's come out with a touch more energy and actually have some fun on Friday! 

Monday, June 23
Mariners Double Down and Split a Pair Sunday

The Mariners traveled deep into the abyss of Puyallup on Sunday for a Fathers Day doubleheader against the defending champion Ravens, and came away with a split.  The M's lost game 1 in tragic style, 2-0, but bounced back in game 2 to earn the 5-3 win.  In game 1, the Mariners had plenty of chances to get on the board, but just couldn't get the big hit to break the seal.  The Mariners had multiple men on base in the 4th, 7th, and 8th...also brought the tying run to the plate in the 9th, but it wasn't meant to be as the Mariners were shutout for the first time that i can remember in the last few seasons.  

What shouldn't be lost in this loss was a stellar pitching performance by Jim Radovich.  Rado went 6 scoreless innings, scattered just 5 hits and struck out 5 ravens batters.  He looked in control and very efficient in this solid outing.  For his effort, Rado earned the Holy Shyte Heritage Park is even Deeper than Lake Stevens HS Player of the Game Honor. 

It should be noted that the 2 Ravens runs that scored in the 8th were scored on the biggest bleeder, duck fart, blooper that you will ever see.  Granted, Thornton must be credited with a super tough at bat in which he fouled off a few 0-2 pitches before serving the loopy flair just out of the flying outreached glove of the shortstop, Nate Emmel, but that was a tough way to see that ball game settled. 

After a quick trip to Jimmy John's in between games, and now with the human entertainment umpire reel that was known as "Tiny" behind the dish, the M's came out with 3 runs in the 1st to set the tone early and assure themselves of not being shutout for the 2nd game in a row.  Wit some help from the Ravens defense and a big two-out 2 RBI base hit from Mark Rindy, the M's took the 3-0 lead and never looked back.  After tacking on a 4th run in the 2nd with some old school small ball- leadoff single by Nate Emmel, stolen base, perfectly executed sac bunt by Alex Kelly, and then a sac fly by J Lee...the M's allowed the Ravens a glimmer of hope by giving up 3 runs in the 4th.  A leadoff home run by the biggest thorn in our side, Paul Fisher, and a couple of costly errors...the score stood at 4-3.  But then Alby got tough and allowed only one baserunner over the next 3 innings, and Collin Evenson came on to shut the door in the 8th and 9th allowing only one baserunner to reach via error as well.  Collin earned his firt save as a Mariner and Alby picked up his 1st victory of the season as well. 

For igniting two one-run rallies himself, and for finishing the two one-rallies with RBI's, Nate Emmel and John Lee shared the Jimmy John's Get Yer Sprouts Player of the Game award.  Great work guys!!  The split kept the M's and Ravens tied for 1st in the Divsion at 3-2 for the season.  The M's take on the White Sox and Cannons next weekend.    

Monday, June 9
Mariners Bounce Back with Win Over Bombers

After getting grand slam walked off a week earlier, the Mariners bounced back nicely on Sunday with an 11-0 shutout win over the Bombers.  Woodward did his best to pull the right strings while thee old skipper was out of town on vacation last week, but the Tigers came up big in the 9th with a 2-out walk off grand slam to top the Mariners 6-3.  A few statistical highlights from last weeks game:  Kyle Albertson made his 2014 Mariner debut and threw 4 quality innings.  He gave up just one run on 2 hits while striking out 4 Tiger hitters.  John Lee also made his first pitching appearance for the season and threw 2 shutout innings.  Offensively, Sean Anderson and Brent Clarke had great days at the top of the lineup.  Ando went 2 for 4 with a walk and Clarkey went 3 for 4 with a walk.  For his 3 hit effort, Clarkey earned his first Hawaiian Tropics Rub Oil All Over My Body Player of the Game Honor! 

This week, however, Skip was back in town doing what he does best: pulling all of the right strings to lead the M's to victory...all while shoeless on the field!  The M's got on the board early in the 2nd with 3 runs.  Granted, two of those runs came on a 2-RBI foul ball to left off the bat of Alex Kelly, but hey, who are we to argue?  Jimbo El Flama Blanca Radovich set the tone early and shut down Bombers hitters all game long.  He bounced back from the prior week with 5 strong innings, allowing only one hit while striking out 6.  The M's tacked on 5 more runs by the end of the 5th to put the game out of reach.  DJ Pennick had two wall-banger singles to right and plated 3 runs for the game.  Clarkey stayed hot with another multi-hit game and AK 26 tacked on an actual legit hit as well to go with his foul ball single.  Just about every Mariner hitter in the lineup reached base at least once, so it was a good effort top to bottom.   

Collin Evenson, a mid-week pick-up from Occidental College (Skip was working even while on vacation!!), made his Mariners team and pitching debut by throwing 3 scoreless innings and being very efficient in the process.  He struck out 4 Bombers hitters while throwing just 8, 8, and 9 pitches in his 3 innings of work.  AK 26 finished the ninth and preserved the shutout in front of his hometown homefield fans.  For their combined shutout effort- Rado, Collin, and AK shared themselves the Jesus, Lake Stevens High School Seems Deep Player of the Game Honor!  Great work fellas. 

The M's will be back in action this Sunday- Father's Day, with a double dip against the defending champion Ravens.  With 1st place in the divsion on the line, let's take it to those guys and win 2.            

Sunday, May 11
Even More New New Look Mariners Win Opener

The Mariners opened their 2014 PSSBL season on Saturday night after being rained out the previous week with a win over one of their long time rivals, the Cannons, 8-3.  After adding 2 more new players within the week- Brent Clarke, who is back after a year hiatus to get his knee rehabbed and right, and Shane Hoey, who came to the Mariners by way of Tyler Abbott...the Mariners are even more new look than originally thought.  It is great to see Brent Clarke back on the diamond after his PCL reconstruction of a year ago.  Clarkey had been a main cog of the Mariner offense the past few years, not to mention a solid defender and dominant pitcher when called upon.  Shane played ball at Gonzaga, BCC, and the University of Hawaii and Abby finally broke him down and got him to come out after he had the itch to play again.  Clarke and Hoey will most definitely solidify the Mariners infield on the D side this season. 

Against the Cannons, Alex Kelly got the start on the mound and pitched very well.  He picked up the victory after going 5 innings, giving up 2 runs (just one earned) while striking out 6 Cannon hitters.  Jim Radovich came on in the 6th and worked through a bit of rust to cruise through the final 4 innings.  After walking 2 of the first 3 hitters he faced, Rado's final line looked like this: 4IP, 1 run, 2 hits, just those 2 walks, and 7 strikeouts.  For their great first outings of the year, AK and Rado earned themselves Co-Meeker Street Bar and Grill Player of the Game Honors!  Great work boys. 

Offensively, the M's picked up their first run of the season in the 2nd inning when Clarkey singled, moved to 2nd when the rookie and 1st Round draft pick Aaron Race was welcomed to the Division by getting drilled in the back, then moved to 3rd on a ground ball out.  After being told prior to the game to take it easy and "don't do anything crazy", Clarkey then took off from 3rd on a pitch that bounced and got behind the catcher.  Everyone held their breath as he slid head first into home plate safely.  

In the 5th, the M's were helped by a few errors by the Cannons and plated 4 more runs to take the lead for good.  John Wayne Lee had a big RBI single to left to highlight the inning.  Aaron Race and Mark Ohlsen led off the 7th with back to back doubles and JLee plated Ohlsen for a 2nd time later in the inning to put the M's at 7.  They tacked on one more in the 9th after Woody's leadoff double and Clarkey's RBI single.  Clarke finished the game with 3 hits, JLee had 2 hits and 2 RBI's as well.  Nate Emmel picked up his first hit as a Mariner in his first at-bat and reached base in all 3 of his plate appearances. 

Overall, it was a good team win. It was nice to get the new guys acquainted with the old guys and it looks like the easy going, smart ass, fun team dynamic will continue on just like it has for the past 11 years.  As is the case with the wonky PSSBL scheduling, the Mariners now have 3 weeks until their next game on May 31.  We don't want to get too comfortable out there to start the season!  Stay tuned, the M's should be at full strength with their entire roster ready to roll within the month.  With the full roster, the M's could be dangerous this season! 

Wednesday, April 30
New Look Mariners Gear Up For Opener

Following last season's abrupt ending in the playoffs where the Mariners got pounced by the Tigers in two straight games, 18-4 and 9-4, the M's are getting ready to kick off their 2014 campaign on Sunday.  If you have been following the Mariners regularly for the past 10 years, and why wouldn't you??, the M's will definitely have a new look this season.  Gone are long time roster regulars Matt Sugarbaker, Dan Rickert, Jeff Parnel, and David Gleb.  Also gone from last season are one year wonders Isaiah Williams and d'Aundray Van Slyke. 

The veterans especially will be tough to replace.  Dan Rickert is the Skyway Mariners career leader in the following categories: PA's, AB's, Runs Scored, Singles, Triples, HBP's, SAC's, and Stolen Bases.  Not to mention his steady defensive presence manning the SS position for the past 11 seasons.  Jeff Parnel is the Mariners career leader in strikeouts (sorry Parneazy, had to throw that in there), but he also led the team in HR's last year.  Matt Sugarbaker is the Mariners career leader in OH HEY's, Skeet Skeet's, and most chatter on the field, and his spirit, energy, and ability to make the team laugh will definitely be missed.  David Gleb, who most likely leads the Mariners in career times being picked off the base paths, was an on base machine the M's won't be able to call upon for a key walk, or clutch base hit. 

Shoogz was a Mariner before the Mariners even started this website, so his tenure is the longest of anyone.  But 11 official seasons from him, 11 from Dano, 10 from Parnel, and 6 from the just wont be the same without you guys this year.  With the departure of Sugarbaker and Rickert, Mark Squared- Mark Ohlsen and Mark Rindy will be the only Mariners entering their 12th season as a Mariner this season.  Rindy has been the rock behind the dish for so long and we have taken advantage of him so much, but he just keeps on getting the job done year after year.  Can somebody say bionic knees?? 

Having said all that, out with the old and in the with new...joining the squad this season are Sean Anderson, Nate Emmel, Iannois Kristonis, Corey Liddil, and Aaron Race.  Sean, like the Skip and current Mariner Garrett Davis are former Willamette Bearcats, is a centerfielder and natural leadoff hitter that the M's are looking to bring speed to the top of the lineup- something they have been lacking the past couple of seasons.  He came by way of buddy pick through his cubicle mate- John Wayne Lee (who is back with the M's after a year hiatus).  Nate Emmel comes to the Mariners by way of buddy pick through AK26 Alex Kelly.  The M's are hoping Nate can step into the SS position this year and keep the defensive stability we have had in that position for so long.  Aaron, Iaonnis, and Corey come to the Mariners by way of the PSSBL draft and we are expecting great things from them as well. 

Also returning this season are the stalwarts of the Mariners pitching staff- Jim Radovich, Kyle Albertson, and Alex Kelly.  Garrett Davis and John Lee will also be important rotation components and DJ Pennick and Mark Rindy will see some spot duty on the bump as well.  Rado, Alby, AK, GDavis, and JLee give the Mariners more pitching depth than any other team in the league, in my humble opinion that is.     

Speaking of Garrett Davis and DJ Pennick- the Mariners two leaders in Batting Average last season are back to wreak havoc on opposing pitchers again this year.  The former Mets settled in nicely with the Mariners last year and were important pieces to the M's 2nd place finish in the Division. 

On paper, the M's squad looks locked and loaded to have another successful season in 2014.  But the game is not played on paper boys, it is played on the field.  So let's bring our energy, our talents, and 100% effort to the yard each and every game.  It's time to have fun as a new team, and win a bunch of ball games along the way.  Our first test, a Sunday 9am start against the Bombers at the newly renovated Island Crest Park.  Let's come out with some fire and take it to those guys from the get.  Be good to your bodies, get yer water, lay off the grease, and hit the pancake this Sunday.  The 2014 season is officially underway.   

Thee OLD Skipper Out!