Every big league team gets blown out once in a while. It looked it was the Seattle Mariners’ turn last night after the San Diego Padres scored 7 runs in the bottom of the fifth to take a 12-2 lead. Mariners starter Wade Miley was charged with giving up 9 runs over 4 2/3 innings.
But the Mariners had other ideas. They would score 5 runs in the 6th to cut the deficit to 12-7. Then they would score an astounding 9 runs in the 7th on seven consecutive singles to take a 16-12 lead in front of a stunned crowd at San Diego’s Petco Park. The Mariners would win the game 16-13 for their biggest comeback in franchise history. Kyle Seager and South Korean sensation Dae-ho Lee drove in five and four runs, respectively. Six other Mariners drove in at least one run (although somehow Robinson Cano was left out of the party despite going 2 for 4 at the plate). The win puts the Mariners into a first place tie in the AL West with the Texas Rangers.
The triumph gives the Mariners some measure of revenge. Back in 2001, the year the Mariners tied a MLB record with 116 wins, the M’s somehow managed to blow a 14-2 lead in the 7th inning against the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe won 15-14 on a single by Jolbert Cabrera in the 11th inning. The notorious John Rocker was the winning pitcher.
It is worth noting that 2001 was the last time the Mariners reached the post-season. If this win doesn’t get people in Seattle excited for baseball then nothing will.