It’s nice to see Ichiro again. I distinctly remember seeing him slide on his back to rob Pay-rod of a hit in the Rangers’ first visit to Seattle in 2001, and the explosion of cheers in the stadium. Great player, great career.
Hey, the Mariners Can Hit Home Runs
We got a beautiful glimpse of the power in the middle of the order last night, seeing Canó and Cruz go long back-to-back, Canó bringing in two runs to set up Cruz’s solo shot. Cruz has been heating up during this winning streak, a welcome sight after a slow start to the season. Canó brought his RBI total to 11, while Cruz has eight.
Taylor Motter continues to be the best backup since Guy Patterson, coming away with his third long ball of the season. Segura will obviously resume duties at shortstop upon his release from the DL (sounds like prison when it’s phrased like that), but Motter is only helping his case with his proven defensive versatility and consistent production at the plate; I’m sure they can sneak in a few at-bats for him moving forward.
Ariel Miranda Earns First Win
As much as I loved what Drew Smyly brought to the table in the WBC and Spring Training, I was happy to see Miranda get called up when Smyly went down. He came out and dominated the Miami bats, posting seven shutout innings, allowing just four runs and no walks. I thought he would end up as a long relief guy coming out of the ‘pen, but he’s showing his value as a starter with nights like this one.
Nick Vincent and Evan Scribner took an inning apiece, Scribner giving up the solo shot to Christian Yelich. Otherwise, it was a well-fought game from the mound.
Ichiro Given a Warm Welcome
Ichiro is truly one of the all-time greatest Mariners. He’s a first ballot Hall of Famer, in the 3,000 hit club, and an absolute workhorse. He’s got Jamie Moyer’s number, working into his forties, but doesn’t look like he’s giving up any time soon.
Speaking to the media, Ichiro said: “It’s been so long that I could have been forgotten. But for them to [show appreciation] for me, I’m very thankful. … For me, this is home, and it always will be.”
The M’s take on the Marlins again tonight, Gallardo gets the start.