Story and Photos by Christian J. Stewart (ISN)
August 12, 2014, Seattle, WA (ISN) – The good news for the Toronto Blue Jays is that they scored three times as many runs on Tuesday as they did Monday. The bad news was that two of them came when it was a bit too late, as the Seattle Mariners’ Chris Young shut the Jays down on just two hits over the first six innings of the game to give the Mariners a 6-3 win over the Jays at Safeco Field in Seattle.
Chris Young had a good outing for Seattle Tuesday, holding the Jays to just a single run on 2 hits in his 6 innings of work (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Things started well for the Jays Tuesday as Jose Reyes, inserted into the line-up after a day of rest Monday, walked to begin the ballgame and was promptly doubled home by Melky Cabrera. That would be all the damage the Jays would muster against Young however, as he would then retire 14 batters in a row, before giving up a two-out double to Juan Francisco in the 5th.
Jose Reyes was back in the lineup Tuesday for the Jays and he would score 2 of their 3 runs against Seattle (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
After a walk to Munenori Kawasaki, Young would get back on track, retiring Reyes to end the inning and then retiring the side in the 6th to finish his night.
Much to the delight of the large numbers of Blue Jays supporters along the third base line, Jose Reyes trots home with their first run of the game Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Meanwhile the Mariners offence was busy getting Young all the run support he would need, scoring once in each of the 3rd and 4th innings and then adding a pair in the 5th and another in the 6th, off Blue Jays starter J.A. Happ to give Young a 5-1 lead when he departed.
Blue Jays catcher Dioner Navarro makes a nice play on a slow roller from Seattle’s Robinson Cano in the first inning Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
Logan Morrison would get things going for the Mariners with a one out single in the 3rd, pushing his hitting streak to a season high 13 games. He would then be brought home on a single by Austin Jackson to put the M’s on the board and tie the game 1-1.
The M’s would take a 2-1 lead in the 4th, when Kyle Seager would launch his team leading 18th home run of the season (tied with Mike Zunino), hooking a line-drive just inside the foul pole in right field.
Kyle Seager would launch his 18th home run of the season Tuesday, a solo shot that would give Seattle a 2-1 4th inning lead (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Mariners added insurance runs in the 6th, thanks in part to a double by Logan Morrison, a walk to Chris Taylor, Austin Jackson reaching on a fielder’s choice (on which Morrison was thrown out between third and home) and then a clutch 2-out, 2-RBI single from Dustin Ackley. A solo shot over the left field fence by Kendrys Morales in the bottom of the 6th, his 2nd of the season, would be the last straw for Happ and he would be replaced by Aaron Loup in the 7th.
Seattle’s Logan Morrison would extend his hitting streak to 13 games with a single and a double Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
With Young out of the game, the Mariners went to Charlie Furbush in the top of the 7th and he would give up a double to Danny Valencia, but suffer no damage, getting out of the inning and then striking out Kawasaki to begin the 8th.
Toronto second baseman Munenori Kawasaki puts the tag on a sliding Kyle Seager on this steal attempt in the 6th inning Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The M’s then went to Brandon Maurer and he was greeted rudely by three straight Blue Jay hits, singles by Reyes and Melky Cabrera and then an RBI double from Jose Bautista to make the score 6-2.
Toronto’s Jose Bautista would give Blue Jay fans hope with an RBI double in the top of the 8th inning Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
That would be the end of Maurer’s short evening and Joe Beimel, seeing his second appearance in a row against the Jays, would give up a sacrifice fly to pinch hitter Nolan Reimold, making the score 5-3, and then retire Dioner Navarro to end the inning.
Toronto’s Nolan Reimold launches a sacrifice fly in the 8th to make the score 5-3 Mariners (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The Mariner’s would answer quickly, getting one of those runs back in the bottom of the inning after Morales would double and his pinch runner James Jones, after taking third on a wild pitch, would score on an error by pitcher Aaron Loup, who missed the catch at first while covering the bag on a ground ball.
Seattle pinch runner James Jones, slides safely into third after a wild pitch. Jones would later score the Mariners 6th run of the game (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The 6-3 lead would be more than enough for the Mariners, as closer Fernando Rodney would enter the game in the 9th, and while he gave up a walk to Anthony Gose, would get Kawasaki to line out to left, ending the game and finishing with trademark archer’s pose.
He wears his hat like a gangster and comes into the game amid great fanfare, but Seattle’s Fernando Rodney got the job done, earning his 34th save of the season (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The win moves the Mariners (now 64-55) into a tie for the final playoff berth in the AL, as both the Tigers and Royals lost Tuesday as did the Yankees, who sit 2 games back of Seattle.
The Jays, who have now lost for the 8th time in their last 11 games, fall to 63-58 and are now 2 games back of Seattle and Detroit.
Seattle’s Fernando Rodney delivers a pitch in the 9th inning Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
The teams conclude their 3-game set on Wednesday night. First pitch is at 7:10 pm.
- The Mariners haven’t allowed more than three runs in any of their 11 games in August, with that 11-game run setting a club record and tying for the fourth-longest stretch by any AL team since 2000.
Mariners fans turned the Blue Jays / Mariners rivalry into a Canada / USA rivalry Tuesday (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
- The roof was closed for the entire game Tuesday and the M’s record with the roof closed improves to 4-2 in 2014.
- Kyle Seager’s home run was the 15th he has hit at home, with just 3 coming on the road. Similarly 51 of his 73 RBIs have come at Safeco.
With 15 of his 18 home runs coming at home, Seattle’s Kyle Seager can afford to clown around with Robinson Cano (22) when he hits one (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
- Prior to tonight, Mariners shortstop Chris Taylor had hit safely in each of his 12 starts this season. He was 0-1 with a walk Tuesday, so that streak ends.
- After a big night Monday, Seattle’s Robinson Cano was 0-4 Tuesday.
Seattle’s Robinson Cano had a quiet night Tuesday, going 0-4 (Photo: Christian J. Stewart / ISN)
- The Blue Jays Adam Lind received a warm welcome back by the large contingent of Blue Jays supporters, but he exhibited a bit of rust after his long layoff, going 0-3 with a strikeout.
- Toronto is now 3-8 in August in that span they have been outscored 57-30.
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