Seafarers add another signature win to their young season, beating KC 5-4 in extra time

At the end of the sixth inning, I prepared a tale of how, now that we are 16 games into the season, we are approaching the point where the games are starting to get mixed up a little bit. This was just a lazy Sunday afternoon match. Something to mark the passage of time and avoid the Sunday Night Blues, but the first of those games that would feel imperceptible. The sailors in 2022 had other plans. Over a 24-hour period, they spent 8 hours and 18 minutes playing Royals, putting an exclamation point on the idea that these seafarers are different.

To know I will start with the seventh round. Matt Festa started the inning by going from Adalberto Mondesi in four places. Then Mondesi stole number two on the next track. And call me a liar if you will, but I swear this was the only moment in today’s fight where I thought the Mariners could lose. Even though they led in that inning and escaped unharmed, and even though there was a period where the Mariners were actually behind, it always felt like a winning battle for me. It was ethereal. This hold only feels as a winner.

I want to be the first to admit that it’s a foreign experience to have a lineup where no matter what battle players go to the next inning, it feels like they could score. And indeed, the Mariners pushed five runs across today, despite wasting plenty of great opportunities.

Even when acting manager Kristopher Negrón runs out of a different set of relievers than I would in places with high leverage, it still feels like they have a good chance of escaping unharmed. And surely the Mariners would escape two (2!) Extra innings with the Manfred man at second base without letting a race score.

In the end, the Mariners won 5-4 in 12 innings, and for a walk-off in extras, it’s harder than you might think to identify the game’s hero. Ty France certainly made a case for itself. The day the people of France went to the polls, Ty France went to the court.

The two-run bomb, on the Royals’ fourth lane in the game, was one of five balls that Ty put into play today. It was hit 108.4 mph. The others were 97.7, 88.9, 100.3 and 106.9. No wonder when he got up at the bottom of the 12th, Mike Matheny gave him the intentional walk before Joel Payamps even finished warming up.

The other big challenger is Jesse Winker, who came through with extra-inning RBIs twice despite a couple of defeat appearances earlier in the game. First, in the 10th, Winker sent a saw fly to the center on the 11th court in the match bat to recreate the match to 4-4. Then, in the 12th, again on the 11th lane in bat, he struck a blow to the right to win the Mariners battle and win himself a dance with France. It looks fun; I wish that I had Jesse’s spin.

Finally, one of the lesser-known arms in the pen could also be named the hero of the day. Erik Swanson remains in my head as the homer-prone wannabe starter in 2019-2020. It may be time to update these assumptions. This afternoon, he continued his string of performances with absolute stitching, keeping the Mariners ‘one-runs lead with a clean inning that took just 13 pitches, including two strikeouts by the Royals’ most dangerous batsmen, Whit Merrifield and Salvador Perez. His delivery comes to mind that he throws a friend their keys, but he does so at 94 years of age. It’s easy, airy, beautiful, and it’s brought his strikeout percentage up to 38% this season (to three hits and zero times). Dare I say it, Swanny looks like he’s filling the gap left by Casey Sadler himself.

I’m letting you decide.


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No matter who the hero of the game was, I assign today’s sun hat to Jarred Kelenic. The Solhat award is meant to highlight a remarkable contribution and is highly subjective, so I would not accept complaints about giving it to a guy who got 0-4 with two strikeouts and the game’s biggest negative WPA. For whatever else can be said about JK, he has just been shown an enormous amount of abuse. Opposing leaders’ refusal to let him see a fair one has been much talked about. And today, of course, Mike Matheny went to the south pot Amir Garrett as Kelenic led from the seventh. What’s more, the royals also deliberately went to Julio in the 11th to get to Jarred. Maybe it was the right call with a 3-0 count and first base open, but still it was part of a pattern of disrespect and inappropriate behavior. The judges also gave him the Rodney Dangerfield treatment and said he went around on a checked turn to strikeout in the ninth, leaving him in disbelief. But the tribe had spoken, and he was asked to leave the tribal council area immediately.

So Jarred gets his second sun hat of the season as some credit for being tough. When they brought in a leftist to meet him, he pulled a four-pitch walk. When they challenged his arm in the tenth, he gave Andrew Benintendi the Ichiro treatment. It was objectively a bad day for him in general, but I was still impressed.

For his part, Robbie Ray did enough, he got another quality start and continued his line of making it through six shots. It would be helpful when the bullpen should cover another six, but I hope for more. His slider got eight snaps in 39 spots, but his fastball continued to sit at 92.5. If he is to get close to repeating his 2021 tour de force, he needs to get the extra few ticks back he had last year. 94-95 hardly makes the Indy 500 look like a trolley race now, but it’s enough to be fun, fun, fun: the difference between 92 and 94 is the biggest difference in baseball. When he got there a few times today, he showed why he can be an ace.

So we had hero performances from France, Winker and Swanson; a rough performance by Jarred Kelenic; and a Robbie Ray outing that can only be considered a disappointment compared to Cy Young’s expectations. It was a good game. But I want to tell you what has really made me amplify is that the sailors managed it when so many things did not do go their way. It was then that they chased Royals starter Carlos Hernández to help fill the Royals’ cave with his farts, leaving runners on first and third with only one out. Julio then hit the ball with 112 mph, but it found a glove and killed the rally with a 6-4-3 double play. There was also the time the Mariners left JP Crawford at third base with one out in the 11th. And there was the time when officials decided it was OK for Josh Staumont to try to trap Adam Frazier as a third-class practical joke.

In the royals’ broadcast here, which is what came to the MLB movie room, they seem to think the challenge is whether Frazier beat the cast, but Goldy and Blow were all over the place, pointing out that Negrón actually challenged a non-intervention. calls. The rules say interference should only be called in exceptional circumstances, so I understand why this call resisted the challenge. But for me, Staumont has the ball and the balance and then sticks his back foot out again a second time, further into the running track. Would Frazier have been out anyway? Probably? Only maybe? I do not know. But I’m actually not that keen on this because my point is that 2022 seafarers can afford to get a few hard calls that do not go their way and still come out on top. That’s what has made me amplify. And I think that’s what made T-Mobile Park Electric Factory.

The team now has a big upcoming test to see if they can take that energy with them on the road. But they will do it on the heels of their first sweep, after finishing a 7-2 home run and going into the off-day with the division lead. Maybe this time.

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