Who are these slugging sailors who come into Motown and sweep the Tigers off the poop deck of the good ship Mariner?
Today Luis Rodriquez hits a three run homer, his first home run since July of 2009. Miquel Olivo also homers and Justin Smoak continues his hot hitting with an RBI double, his eighth run driven in for the three games in Detroit after returning from a weeks absence due to his father’s death. He hit home runs in each of the first two games.
The Mariners belted 33 hits in three games against the Tigers, scoring 24 runs in the process. The Tigers are struggling, but with their powerful lineup and playing at home a sweep by the light hitting Mariners was not in the sextant. They win 10-1, 7-3, and 7-2.
Rookie Michael Pineda, fourth in the league in ERA coming into the game, pitches another six innings with nine strikeouts, three walks, four hits, and two runs allowed. His ERA now is 2.01 while posting a 4-1 record.
Dave Pauley pitched two innings; one hit, two strikeouts, and lowered his ERA to 1.10 and is proving to be a reliable bridge to Brandon League, surrogate closer until Aardsma returns. Jamey Wright pitched the ninth in a non save situation, lowering his ERA to 0.79.
But now it is on to Boston, with all due respect to Tigers, a more difficult test for the hot Mariners.
Streaks in baseball go hot and cold as quick as turning on a faucet. What waits in Boston is anyone’s guess, but maybe the heat off the Mariner bats will continue to scorch runs. With strong Mariner pitching it could be a good series.