Game 102 // Fifth Inning, Detroit // No Miggy, No Problem

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTH: TIGERS 16 (7) – 4 MARINERS

 

More runs in a single inning than you’ll see all year—nineteen in the game, nine in the fifth, storming home in front of Detroit’s home faithful. The first warm breeze of almost-summer easing into the ballpark, thinking they might not squander away the Miguel Cabrera years after all. That there may yet be something left.

He’s on the bench, healing, recovering. Watching. Thinking. Trying his best to hope.

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Walk Off 6-5 August Safeco Zunino Fez Mariners

Game 74 // Fifteenth Inning, Seattle // The Seager Game

BOTTOM OF THE FIFTEENTH: MARINERS 6 (4) – 5 TIGERS

 

An e to an a, a Pete to a Kyle, and a late-night extras win in Seattle for Seager: “If he had a homer, he’d homer in the morning. He’d homer in the evening, all over this land. He’d homer out danger, he’d homer out a warning, he’d homer out love between his brothers and sisters, all over this land.” Continue reading “Game 74 // Fifteenth Inning, Seattle // The Seager Game”

Game 60 // Fourth Inning, Houston // The Thin Yellow Line

Sketch by Henry Gustavson


BOTTOM OF THE FOURTH: ASTROS 5 (1) – 2 MARINERS

 

Taijuan Walker’s on the mound for Seattle against the Astros, wearing striped socks, high stirrups and carrying 2016’s trophy for Best Given Name That Is (or Sounds Like) a Country. In the pantheon, you’ve got the retired Chili Davis, former long-time holder of the title, and the several Jordans and Chads of current and past MLB rosters. And beyond those? You can scroll, for as many hours as you can bear, through Baseball Reference’s database and find the real heroes of the category—the overlooked, nation-named afterthoughts now enshrined in stat sheets and pixels. Continue reading “Game 60 // Fourth Inning, Houston // The Thin Yellow Line”

Game 49 // Seventh Inning, San Diego // Mariners Run Wild

BOTTOM OF THE SEVENTH: MARINERS 16 (7) – 12 PADRES

 

It’s the battle of the continental geographic corners: far northwest against far southwest. Seattle against San Diego. Get Miami in the ring and all we’ll then need is…checks Google Maps… Caribou, Maine—and we’ll have sport’s newest four-way tournament set to go. Continue reading “Game 49 // Seventh Inning, San Diego // Mariners Run Wild”

Game 35 // Ninth Inning, Seattle // Pujols Wins It

TOP OF THE NINTH: ANGELS 9 (6) – 7 MARINERS

 

With one swing of the bat, Albert Pujols became the one-man big inning. He took the Angels from 7-6 down to 9-7 up—with a single hit far bigger than any whole inning prior—continuing his legacy as the last guy you’d want to pitch to with a game on the line, no matter his age, no matter his recent stats. The guy who was considered one of the best all-time, in St. Louis, who’d fallen off some in recent years.

He’s still got it. Continue reading “Game 35 // Ninth Inning, Seattle // Pujols Wins It”

Game 26 // Seventh Inning, Oakland // Dae-Ho Day Two

TOP OF THE SEVENTH: MARINERS 9 (6) – 8 ATHLETICS

 

It’s official. Remember the name. Dae-Ho Lee. Future folk hero of the Pacific Northwest. Precursor to a new wave of talent coming over from the KBO. Sole reason for keeping Harry Belafonte’s “Banana Boat Song” alive and well in the arsenal of stadium PA system playlists Continue reading “Game 26 // Seventh Inning, Oakland // Dae-Ho Day Two”