The Seattle Mariners won their first 2014 game against the Texas Rangers on Monday night (April 14). Roenis Elias started for the team, going 6 2/3 innings to pick up his first win in Major League Baseball. He allowed only five hits and two walks while striking out five hitters. Yoervis Medina and Danny Farquhar finished off the game, with the two relievers keeping the Rangers from scoring any more runs.
The offense really came alive for the Mariners in the sixth inning as they scored six runs to knock Rangers starter Colby Lewis out of the game. It included a nice triple by Michael Saunders to score a run, followed by a hard single by Kyle Seager that showed he might have found his swing again. By the end of the inning it was 7-0 and Elias had breathing room that the offense had not yet given him through his first two starts.
Saunders, Seager, Justin Smoak, and Mike Zunino each had two hits on the night and the team ended up with 12 total. Zunino also had a very impressive home run in the fifth inning off Lewis that provided no doubt it was going to leave the ball park. The shot to deep center field showed his power stroke and notched his third homer of the young season.
Going 2-for-4 at the plate helped Seager improve his batting average on the season to .162 and he was hitting the ball very well in each at-bat. If he has found his swing this year, it will give the Mariners a much needed weapon further down in the lineup. Zunino was also 2-for-4 on the night and bumped his average up to .282 so far. If he can continue to hit at that clip in the No. 9 slot the team could continue to put a lot of runs on the board.
In the latest 2014 MLB standings, the Mariners have a stronger hold on second place in the American League West. The team has a 7-5 mark and trails only the 9-4 Oakland Athletics in the division. They will face the Rangers again on Tuesday night (April 15), as Blake Beavan will be getting his first start of the season. He was called up to fill in for this spot start and will face off against Robert Ross. Ross is 0-0 with a 1.74 ERA so far this season. First pitch is scheduled for 5:05 p.m. PT.