Sunday, April 18, 2010

Mariners Rebound Nicely in Week 2

Four straight wins sandwiched in between a pair of losses have the M's at 6-7 for the season. It's not great but the team is slowly righting itself.

After a tough loss to Oakland on Monday the Seattle Mariners rebounded to take the final two contests and win their first series of the young season. The second game was Milton Bradley's coming out party. In the eighth inning with two on and both teams scoreless Bradley timed a 2-0 inside fastball to perfection, slamming it into the right field bleachers and giving the M's a 3-0 victory. Doug Fister earned his first win of the year by scoring eight scoreless frames.

Wednesday's game, while not as memorable, was another win for Seattle as Milton and Franklin Gutierrez continued to provide most of the Mariners offense.

Friday was Jackie Robinson Day in Seattle as well as Ken Griffey Jr. Bobblehead Day and Felix Day. The M's got the weekend started in style with a season-high eleven runs. Granted there was only one extra-base hit and the offense was aided by a trio of Tiger errors... but still, the team will take it.

Detroit and Seattle split the other two games in the series, the M's earning a win against Justin Verlander and the Tigers pouncing on a struggling Ian Snell.

Quick hits:

* Rob Johnson has done a fine job of drawing walks at the plate. Good to see this offensively-challenged player making the opposing pitcher work. Of course Rob's still making his own pitchers work, what with all the passed balls...

* The ball jumps off Milton Bradley's bat. It's not as apparent as when a player like Albert Pujols or Jason Heyward squares one up but Milton's a very, very good batter.

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