Coming into Monday night’s game against the Texas Rangers, Seattle Mariners Kendrys Morales had 42 RBIs and nine home runs. In Monday night’s game, he had two home runs and six RBIs as the Mariners pounded the Rangers 9-2. Morales first home run came in the first inning as part of back-to-back shots with Raul Ibanez.
Starting pitcher Joe Saunders was glad to see the run support from his team. Coming into the game, Saunders was 0-7 in Arlington with a 9.91 ERA. This was not only a big win for Saunders but for the Mariners as a team. The victory snapped a four-game losing streak for the M’s in Arlington.
Also, factor in they trailed Texas by 13 games coming into the three-game series and you realize how big it is for the Mariners to try and win at least two of the three games against Texas.
With the loss, Texas will either be 0.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics or 0.5 games up on Oakland depending on their outcome. Texas has to be kicking themselves for missed opportunities in the game, as they went 2-11 with runners in scoring position for the game.
For a team struggling to hit the ball out of the park right now, they need to cash in on the little opportunities that present themselves. Ron Washington thrives on little ball and in order for his team to win the division, they have to execute better with runners in scoring position.
The great thing about baseball, though, is it’s one game out of 162. The Rangers are still 13 games over the .500 mark on the season and are in an excellent position despite all the injuries. Seattle, on the other hand, must hope this series against Texas can propel them into a winning stretch that will put them back in the thick of things.