Exactly one year ago today exactly the same match – Marco Gonzales against Jakob Junis – played in this stadium. The end result was … not great. Junis broke seven scoreless innings and gave only a single hit and a few walks. On the other hand, Marco needed staggering 42 positions just to get out of the first inning and eventually got seven runs en route to a 10-0 drubbing. Woof.
Fortunately, déjà vu ended apart from match and start time for the M & # 39; s.
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4/9 / 1
After the swift drop of Mallex Smith and Domingo Santana, Junis was served with Bray Juice:
Jay Bruce has nine hits a year. Seven are home runs. This season, dude. Unfortunately, the royals struck back immediately. Whit Merrifield threw a 3-1 fastball in the center of the middle for a triple strike and came home two shots later after an Adalberto Mondesi infield hit (side note: Good Lord are all these new royals). Marco, however, managed to get Alex Gordon into a rather routine 4-6-3 double, bringing Jorge Soler on a first-pitch flyout, ending the inning with eleven places tossed. Begone, déjà vu !
After an uneventful second (save a rope from a twin in front of Ryon), Bruce added another run to an RBI groundout in the third part, but again Kansas City immediately grabbed it. Billy Hamilton took second place in an ugly case of Domingo and took second place in one-out-sack Fly from Mondesi.
I Mallex can not even be so excited that Mallex has to take the ball again. that's a pretty impressive speed. Marco was able to get out of trouble again, which allowed Gordon a happy double, before he brought Soler out of balance on a dirty change. So far, this competition looked much cheaper than last year, but Jakob Junis remained mostly unpacked.
To be honest, Junis & # 39; stuff was uncomfortable tonight. His fastball – usually around 91-93 – had a bit more power and hit 93-94 regularly, and his slider had some video game moves. Daniel Vogelbach and Dylan Moore both looked stupid, each struck twice, and Junis scored six goals. In short, it was the kind of matchup that even the good Mariner teams of recent years could count on.
Not this team! Thanks to the Seattle lineup, he had to pitch 94 pitches in just four innings of his work, including a whopping 59. Six goals and a walk in the span in the last two, apparently every hitter has fought a fight and Dee Gordon snapped the lead with a two-run punch in the fourth:
… and another Dylan Moore flare into the right field. Yay insurance! Marco also kept his end to the agreement and looked in his more than six work usually sharp. I noticed that the third time he flopped in a tonne of curveball by the order of the Royals, he used a generous shot of high fastballs to great success. Unfortunately, he would leave seventh place with runners in the corners and put no one out of action, leaving Rule 5-type and possibly the best helper Brandon Brennan to stop any bleeding. Brennan offered a sackfly to Hamilton, but managed to escape with only one crossing, mainly because Dee had just hit a train ride from Merrifield enough to knock out a big second.
Brennan was sent to another inning of work and was noticeably less keen. After another hit for Alex Gordon, he managed to get a troop before heading off to deal with Ryan O & # 39; Hearn (add another to the Create A player name stack) added). Dee worked again with his magic, beating a Hunter Dozier Grounder against Moore and ending the road robbery against Chris Owings:
Enter three hits, including eventual winners and a stolen base, and this was not one of Dee's best games in a Mariner uniform. Totally healthy, it was a pleasure to see it again, and although you want to go for a walk, of course, I take a barrage of singles and stolen bags every day. Anthony Swarzak worked a scoreless 9th to defend, and in Marinerland everything was fine for another night.
It happened so much good stuff. I did not even mention that Vogey has two doubles and one singleton. It should come as no surprise to anyone that they do not defeat several home races each time, but the rapprochement and struggle they have shown on the plate tonight suggests that this offensive rise may mean more than we thought. Yusei Kikuchi will play tomorrow at another Create-A player in Heath Fillmyer, and I'm curious that the Ms control the zone and fight even more. And hey, maybe you can win Kikuchi for the first time in the big league, right?