Game 20: Mariners 11, A’s 1

Taylor Motter’s “sneaky power” isn’t so sneaky anymore. If you didn’t get excited when he came to the plate with the bases loaded, you either 1. are too visually impaired to see his hair or 2. haven’t followed the M’s at all this year.

Motter provided the Coliseum with rye bread and mustard, Cruz drove in a bunch, and the M’s avoided the four-game road sweep.

Gallardo Solid, Earns the Win

 Yovani Gallardo hasn’t had the best success so far this year, but earned his first win after going 6.1 innings and allowing just one earned run, striking out seven on the way.

On his performance, Gallardo told MLB.com’s Greg Johns: “It was just a matter of putting everything together, and getting over one bad inning or whatever. It’s been a rough few games for us, so it was good to get the victory today, and we can build off that. The important thing was to get a win, no matter what.”

Zych, Rzepczynski, and Scribner were solid in relief, not allowing any runs and ushering in a much-needed road win.

Cruz, Motter Light It Up

 Apparently the dormant Mt. Rainier in Washington state has been bound to erupt any second now for the last few decades. While we hope it stays dormant for the sake of people in the area, we’re glad to see the dormant Mariner bats come to life for their highest run total of the young season.

Motter came away with his first career grand slam, one of his two hits on the day, and Nelson Cruz drove in five RBIs between a walk, double, and a three-run homer. Motter told reporters after the game: “Everybody played well today. I don’t think it was just one hit. I’m sure it took a lot off of Yovani’s shoulders. He pitched a heck of a game, too. Finally everything came together and it was perfect.”

Mitch Haniger continued his hot start to the year, reaching base four times and scoring three times. He now has seven doubles on the year and has scored 19 runs. Again, he’s got my vote for AL Rookie of the Year, with his numbers rivaling those of touted Boston rookie Andrew Benintendi.

Segura Ready to Re-Join MLB Club

Jean Segura has spent the weekend playing with the M’s AA affiliate Arkansas Travelers. As long as everything checks out with his injured hamstring, he should be set to re-join the Mariners on Tuesday for their series against Detroit. Chances are that Mike Freeman will be optioned back to AAA Tacoma, but it’ll be interesting to see how the M’s use the red-hot Taylor Motter moving forward.

 

The M’s get Monday off before heading to Detroit to face the Tigers in a three-game series.