Mariners Crush Red Sox On Opening Day At T-Mobile Park

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Tim Beckham

MARINERS NOTES:

  • The Mariners are now 27-16 (.628) all-time in home openers, including 10-6 (.625) after opening the season on the road…have won three straight home openers and are 6-1 in home openers since 2013.
  • The Mariners improve to 3-0, marking the 4th time in club history to start a season 3-0 (also: 1985, 1995, 2014).
  • The Mariners 12 runs today are the most in club history in a home opener (previous: 10, 4/6/92 vs. TEX).
  • The Marines plated 3 runs in the bottom of the 2nd inning, snapping a scoreless inning streak against Chris Sale of 20.0 consecutive innings, dating back to the 5th inning on August 26, 2016 at Chicago-AL.
  • The Mariners are the 8th team to hit 3+ home runs off Chris Sale in a game (last: TOR, 9/26/17 at BOS).
  • Tim Beckham (2×5, 2 R, 2 HR, 3 RBI) recorded his 4th career multi-home run game (last: 9/23/18 at NYY w/BAL)…becomes the 5th player to hit 2 home runs off Chris Sale in a single game and the first since Toronto’s Josh Donaldson on Sept. 26, 2017 at Boston…was 0-for-15 against Chris Sale entering today’s game.

o    Is the 6th Mariners player with at least 3 home runs in the club’s first 3 games of a season, joining Gorman Thomas (3, 1985), Ken Griffey Jr. (3, 1997), David Segui (3, 1998), Mike Morse (3, 2013) and Robinson Canó (4, 2016).

o    Has hit safely in each of the club’s first 3 games of the season, going 7-for-12 (.583) with 6 runs, 1 double, 3 home runs, 5 RBI and 2 walks.

  • Domingo Santana (3×5, 2 R, 2B, HR, 4 RBI) becomes the first player in the Majors to record the game-winning RBI in each of his club’s first 3 games of a season since the Angels Vladimir Guerrero in 2007.

o    His 9 RBI are the most in Mariners history through the club’s first 3 games of a season (previous: 7, 6x, last: Robinson Canó, 2016).

  • Marco Gonzales becomes the 15th pitcher in Major League history since 1908 to start and win 2 of his club’s first 3 games of a season and the first since the Rays Victor Zambrano in 2004.

o    Becomes the 2nd pitcher in club history to make 2 starts in the Mariners first 3 games of a season, joining Jason Vargas (2012).

o    Is now 3-0 with a 2.78 ERA (10 ER, 32.1 IP) with 25 strikeouts and 6 walks over his last 6 starts, dating back to Sept. 11, 2018.

o    Is the 3rd pitcher in club history to start both Opening Day and the home opener, joining Floyd Bannister (1982) and Félix Hernández (2012)…Seattle has opened the season on the road 16 times.

  • Edwin Encarnacion (2×4, R, HR, RBI) recorded his 3rd career home run against Chris Sale and is now batting .333 (7×21) with 3 home runs, 5 RBI and 4 walks in his career against Sale.

o    Leads active players in home runs against the Red Sox with 33 career home runs.

  • Ryon Healy (1×4, 2 R, HR, RBI, BB) belted his 2nd home run of the season in the 5th inning…has recorded at least 1 extra-base hit in each of his first 3 games this season…has 4 extra-base hits (2 2B, 2 HR) this season.

 

RED SOX NOTES:

  • Boston is now 58-60-1 all-time on Opening Day…is now 34-43-1 when opening the season on the road.
  • The Red Sox allowed at least 10 runs on Opening Day for the 6th time in club history (last: 4/1/02 vs. TOR).
  • Chris Sale did not record a quality start for the first time in 10 career starts against the Mariners…did not pitch into at least the 7th inning for the first time in 10 career starts against the Mariners…allowed at least 7 earned runs for the 8th time in his career (last: 8/1/17 vs. CLE).

o    Made his 5th career Opening Day start (also: 2013-14 and 2016 w/CWS and 2018 w/BOS)…is now 3-1 with a 3.77 ERA (13 ER, 31.0 IP) with 36 strikeouts and 8 walks in 5 career Opening Day starts.

o    Becomes the first pitcher to record the final out of a World Series and throw that winning club’s first pitch of the following season since the Giants Madison Bumgarner (2014-15)…is the first American League pitcher to do so since the Orioles Scott McGregor (1983-84)…joins Carl Mays (1918-19) as the only Red Sox pitchers to accomplish this feat.

o    Is now 6-2 with a 2.73 ERA (22 ER, 72.1 IP) with 100 strikeouts and 15 walks in 10 career starts against the Mariners…is now 3-1 with a 3.73 ERA (13 ER, 31.1 IP) with 46 strikeouts and 10 walks in 5 career starts at T-Mobile Park.

  • Xander Bogaerts (1×4, 2B) made his 6th consecutive Opening Day start at shortstop (2014-c)…he moves into a tie with Rick Burleson (1975-80), Freddy Parent (1901-06) and Rico Petrocelli (1965-70) for the 4th-longest streak of consecutive Opening Day starts at shortstop in club history…Everett Scott (8, 1914-21) holds the club record.
  • Mookie Betts (3×5, R) has hit safely in each of his 5 career Opening Day games, batting .429 (9×21) with 4 runs, 2 home runs, 3 RBI and 2 walks.

o    Made his 5th consecutive Opening Day start in right field, becoming the first Red Sox right fielder to make 5 straight Opening Day starts since Dwight Evans (10, 1978-97).

BOSTON MANAGER ALEX CORA:

 

On Chris Sale:

 

““If you compare it to the first start last year, velocity wise, he hit a few 94, but last year wasn’t 97, 98 either. I do think he tried to go to certain spots but he didn’t get it there. The at-bat with [Domingo] Santana, when threw the slider, that was a good at-bat. He made some good pitches. But then he hung a slider and he flipped it the other way. So, like I said. It wasn’t a good one. We’re have to turn a page and then learn from the next one.”

 

On missed scoring opportunities:

 

“We had a chance, Christian [Vázquez] came up with a man on second and third, no outs. We ended up scoring one because of [Eduardo] Nunez’s baserunning play but we were okay offensively, I think we expanded a little bit with two strikes, we don’t usually do that. It’s something we have to keep working on.”

HOME RUNS:

NO.

PITCHER

INN.

MOB

OUT

COUNT

DISTANCE

Tim Beckham

2

Chris Sale

2

0

1

1-2

430 ft., LF

Edwin Encarnación

1

Chris Sale

3

0

0

3-2

414 ft., CF

Tim Beckham

3

Chris Sale

3

1

1

0-0

417 ft., CF

Ryon Healy

2

Hector Velázquez

5

0

0

0-1

366 ft., LF

Domingo Santana

2

Tyler Thornburg

7

1

2

1-2

384 ft., LF

 

LINESCORE

1

2

3

 

4

5

6

 

7

8

9

R

H

E

LOB

Boston Red Sox

1

1

0

 

0

0

2

 

0

0

0

4

11

2

9

Seattle Mariners

0

3

4

 

0

1

2

 

2

0

x

12

12

2

7

First Pitch: 4:11 pm

 

Time of Game: 3:34

Temp: 61 F, W 2 MPH

Attendance: 45,601 (s/o)

 

WP: Marco Gonzales (2-0, 4.76) LP: Chris Sale (0-1, 21.00) Save: None