Game 58: Mariners 7, Rays 1

Between the killer guacamole my wife and I made and the M’s performance, this weekend was pretty stellar. The Mariners are still suffering from the injury bug, but they’re simply letting the guys they have do what they do best. Miranda had a career outing, Cruz continues to smash the ball, and Zunino had a offensive awakening.

Miranda Throws First Career Complete Game

Ariel Miranda has earned every second of playing time and every bit of praise thrown his way. The late-Spring promotion has stepped up to anchor a broken rotation over the last few weeks, and highlighted his strong performances as of late with an absolute gem yesterday.

“We wouldn’t be in a good spot without Ariel Miranda,” Scott Servais said. “All the injuries we’ve had, the guys have stepped up. And I think we try and keep things in perspective. Not asking him to go out and give us complete game shutouts, but to keep us in the ballgame.”

The starters for the Tampa series, Bergman, Gaviglio, and Miranda, were all backed by tremendous run support, with 28 total runs over three games. That certainly takes pressure off, but the pitching has been phenomenal.

Zunino Keeps Rolling

Mike Zunino set a single-game record for RBIs for a Mariners catcher with seven in Saturday’s game, and added two more yesterday. Zunino’s 10 RBIs in the Tampa series and .307 average since returning from Tacoma is exactly what the Mariners have wanted out of him. With the injury bug in full effect, the M’s have really needed Zunino to emerge and become a viable source of offense.

Nelson Cruz homered for the second straight game, bringing his total to 14 on the year. Cruz leads the American League with 45, and is on pace for 126 for the season, which would shatter his single-season high of 108, which he set in 2014 in Baltimore.

The Mariners get a day off today before beginning a three-day series against Minnesota on Tuesday, James Paxton gets the start.