Mariners notch miraculous win vs. Padres
The Seattle Mariners were in loads of trouble in Game 4 of their four-game, home-and-home series with the San Diego Padres after falling into a 12-2 hole early on Thursday night. But sometimes it’s about how a team can respond in the most dire of situations, and Thursday’s game was proof of that.
Seattle used a miraculous comeback to shock the Padres in San Diego, and the television and radio broadcast made it sound like the game was taking place at Safeco Field in Seattle with a pro-Mariners’ collection of fans in attendance. That might have been a part of what became the largest comeback in franchise history, as Seattle erased a 10-run deficit with monster numbers in the sixth and seventh innings.
Thursday night’s game marked the second consecutive poor start for Seattle pitchers, this time being the worst start of Wade Miley‘s season. Miley lasted only 4.2 innings, giving up 12 hits and nine earned runs, but ended up with a no-decision instead of a loss.
In the sixth inning, Seattle scored five runs with a Kyle Seager two-run single and a three-run homer from pinch-hitter Dae Ho Lee. Lee’s homer landed in the second deck of the Western Metal Supply Building in left field, and was absolutely crushed off of the rookie’s bat.
Then came the seventh inning which completed the mind-boggling comeback for the Mariners. Seattle sent 13 batters to the plate and scored nine runs to take a 16-12 lead. Seager and Lee both struck again for the second consecutive inning to help Seattle.
“You don’t see that very often,” Seager said of the seven straight singles. “That doesn’t happen. That was just unbelievable and something I’ve never been a part of,” via ESPN.
There was even some humor involved following the franchise-best comeback win.
“It was just another game,” manager Scott Servais deadpanned.
“What can you say about our club? Guys don’t quit. They just keep battling. It just kept going and going. The momentum builds. Everybody was involved in this win.”
“(Down) 12-2. I’ve been around a lot of big-league games and I’ve never seen a 10-run comeback. I think I’ve seen seven or eight, but never 10. I can’t say enough about our guys and the belief in each other. It’s kind of what it’s all about,” via The Seattle Times.
Perhaps the biggest surprise of the game was the fact that outfielder Leonys Martin was the team’s biggest cheerleader in the dugout, and he’s on the disabled list currently.
“He was going nonstop, screaming, yelling and getting the energy going,” Servais said. “And the guys just kind of fed off it,” via The Seattle Times.
This season has become a refreshing change for Seattle as they try to change their postseason fortunes, and they are now 21-5 this season when registering at least 10 hits. With much of the season left to play, fans might not have seen the best that this team has to offer in 2016, but the comeback win was an exceptional start.