Game 23: Mariners 2, Tigers 1

Ben Gamel is jealous of Motter’s flow.

Gamel has had two standout at-bats in the last two games, with an RBI walk yesterday, and a clutch RBI single in today’s action. His RBI proved to be the difference in a tight game.

Iwakuma Back in Form

Hisashi Iwakuma’s struggles through Spring into the regular season have given Mariner fans more than enough reason to worry. Today, he showed us a bit of who he was before that horrendous Brewers game in Spring Training, going 5.2 innings, with no earned runs (the one run came off an error from Robbie). The doomsday feeling around the team seems to have woken everyone up after losing Haniger and Felix on Tuesday. Granted, the M’s did score nine runs and record sixteen hits in that bloodbath on Tuesday, but after lockdown performances from Paxton and Kuma and the offense doing its job, Mariner fans can feel refreshed after two straight road wins.

Edwin Diaz picked up his third save of the season, doing what K-Rod couldn’t in today’s game.

Motter Nearly Graces Front Row With Physical Touch, Gets Final Out

Taylor Motter just can’t stop. He wasn’t up to his offensive self today, going 0-3 from the plate, but made an amazing play to get the final out and seal the win. We’ve seen the man in at least three positions this year, and he’s been solid wherever he is. This running grab falling into the crowd, however, is likely above the expectations of any team of their utility man. Amazing play.

Ben Gamel’s single drove in Kyle Seager in the ninth, providing the winning run. He told reporters after the game: “Kyle had a great at-bat, and I got a good look at what K-Rod was throwing. I knew he was going to throw me a changeup on 2-2, and that’s what I got”

The M’s head to Cleveland to face the American League’s suddenly most popular team. Ariel Miranda gets the start.