The Seattle Mariners finished the month of August with a 17-10 record with a win over the Washington Nationals on Sunday (Aug. 31). The 5-3 victory was propelled by a four RBI day from outfielder Dustin Ackley. He has had an amazing second half of the 2014 MLB season and he continues to be one of the best hitters in the lineup. On this day he saved the team and helped Hisashi Iwakuma improved to 13-6 on the season. Fernando Rodney came in to shut the door on his 39th save of the season.
During August, several players have been hitting very well for the team. Endy Chavez led the way with a .326 batting average over 52 plate appearances. Robinson Cano posted a .305 average in the month to go along with a .400 on-base percentage, five home runs, and 29 total hits. Then there is Ackley, who posted a .280 batting average, 13 extra base hits, 30 hits overall, and 24 RBIs in the month alone. He has been a main catalyst in many of the wins.
As a team, the Mariners had the fifth best batting average in the American League at .260. They also had the third best on-base percentage at .322 and hit 22 home runs in August. That was in addition to the 123 wins they scored in just 27 games, showing why they were able to go 17-10 overall. Now the team will need to play well in September as well to get into the MLB postseason for the first time since 2001.