Seattle is now 18 games over .500 for the first time since the 2007 season.
Here is some video of Mariners manager Scott Servais and pitcher Wade LeBlanc as well as some notes and quotes following Seattle’s 5-3 win over the Angels Monday night in front of 20,116 at Safeco Field.
· The Mariners are 18 games over .500 for the first time since being 73-55 after game #128 on Aug. 26, 2007.
· The Mariners have won 9 of their last 11 games, 13 of their last 17 and 18 of their last 23… are now 21-12 at Safeco Field.
· The Mariners recorded their 19th comeback win of the season.
· The Mariners improved to 28-11 (.718) in games decided by 2 or fewer runs, the most wins and the top winning percentage in the Majors this season.
· The Mariners and Angels combined for 6 home runs tonight…marks the 18th time in Safeco Field history that the Mariners and their opponent have combined for at least 6 home runs (last: 4/14/18 vs. OAK).
· Wade LeBlanc made his first career start against the Angels tonight, tossing 5.0 innings with 4 hits, 2 earned runs and 5 strikeouts. With this start against Los Angeles, he has now faced every Major League team except for Kansas City.
o He now has a streak of 16 consecutive starts without a loss by a pitcher to start his tenure with a team, the 6th-longest in the live-ball era. In those 16 starts, he is 5-0 with a 3.49 ERA (33 ER, 85.0 IP) with 65 strikeouts and 20 walks.
o The Mariners are 6-2 in LeBlanc’s 8 starts this season…are 13-3 in his 16 career starts with the club.
· Nelson Cruz (2×3, 2 HR, 3 RBI, 2 R, BB, K) has homered in three straight games (6/9-c) and in four of his last six games (6/6-c)… In the last three games, he is batting .555 (5×9) with 4 runs, 4 home runs, 5 RBI and 4 walks.
o Marked his 24th career multi-home run game (last: 8/29/17 at OAK).
o Is batting .345 (20×58) with 11 runs, 2 doubles, 8 home runs, 17 RBI, 3 HBP, 7 walks, a .435 on-base percentage and a .793 slugging percentage (1.228 OPS) in 16 games since May 26.
· Jean Segura (3×4, R) has reached base safely in 21 of 24 games in his career against the Angels, including hits in 19 games… overall, he is batting .370 (37×100) with 19 runs scored, 5 doubles, 3 home runs, 10 RIB, 2 HBP, 6 walks and 6 stolen bases.
o Becomes the 2nd Mariners player in club history to reach 90 hits in the club’s first 66 games of the season, joining Ichiro Suzuki, who accomplished the feat 7 times (last: 2010).
o Recorded his 30th multi-hit game of the year, including his 13th game with at least 3 hits…leads the Major Leagues in both categories.
· Ryon Healy (1×3, HR, 2 RBI, R) became the 5th Mariner to hit at least 10 home runs this season, joining Nelson Cruz (15), Mitch Haniger (13), Kyle Seager (12) and Mike Zunino (10).
· Edwin Díaz collected his 24th save of the season, which puts him in a tie for 3rd-most saves before the All-Star Break in club history (also: J.J. Putz, 2007).
o Recorded 2 strikeouts tonight…has now struck out 56 of 135 batters faced (41.5%) this season.
· Chasen Bradford has now pitched 9.2 straight scoreless innings over his last 9 games (5/17-c)…coming into the game, his streak was the 11th-longest in the American League.
· The Angels have held opponents to 3 or fewer runs in 32 of the last 39 games, but tonight was the second straight game allowing 5 runs or more after giving up 7 at Minnesota yesterday.
o Have won 6 of the last 8 games but have lost back-to-back games.
· Mike Trout and Albert Pujols each homered in the 1st inning for the 9th time with the Angels, most of any teammates in Major League history.
· Mike Trout (2×3, 2 HR, 2 RBI, 2 R, K, IBB) became the first player in Angels history with 20+ home runs in seven straight seasons after hitting a solo shot in the first inning.
o Joins Alex Rodriguez and Mickey Mantle as the only American League players all-time to amass seven season of 20+ home runs prior to their age-27 season.
o Recorded his 11th career multi-home run game (last: 9/29/17 at SEA)…four of his 11 career multi-home run games have come vs. the Mariners.
o Brings his career home run total to 222, tied with Brian Downing for 3rd-most in club history.
o Has hit 8 career home runs in the 1st inning at Safeco Field, T7th-most in the history of the ballpark (also: Ken Griffey Jr. and Raul Ibañez).
o Has hit 18 home runs in Safeco, more than any other road ballpark in his career.
· Albert Pujols (1×4, HR, RBI, R, K) hit his 10th home run of the season and 624th of his career.
o Becomes the 8th player in Major League history to record at least 10 home runs in each of his first 18 seasons, joining Barry Bonds, Harold Baines, Eddie Murray, Carl Yastrzemski, Frank Robinson, Hank Aaron and Mickey Mantle.
o Has recorded 5 RBI in his last four games.
· Andrew Heaney is now 1-2 against Seattle in his career with a 4.48 ERA (9 ER, 18.1 IP).
o Marks the 3rd time this season he has allowed 5 or more runs (also: 4/20 vs. SF and 5/31 at DET).
· Justin Upton (1×4, 2 K) is batting .353 (12×34) with 4 home runs and 5 RBI over the last 9 games, lifting his season average from .237 to .253.
· Jefry Marté (0x1) left the game in the fourth inning with a left wrist contusion.
LOS ANGELES MANAGER MIKE SCIOSCIA:
On Andrew Heaney:
“Andrew just looked like he missed some spots with his fast ball. Those guys tonight didn’t miss him. (Nelson) Cruz got ahold of a couple fast balls. It just didn’t seem like he got settled in to be able to repeat pitches like he did in his last start.”
Jefry Marté’s injury:
“X-rays were negative here. He will be evaluated tomorrow. It hit his glove as he made the catch to get out (Dee) Gordon.”
On facing Wade LeBlanc:
“He just kind of gives you a different look every pitch. He moved his fast ball around. He reminds me of the way Jamie Moyer used to pitch when he was here. He just kind of takes enough off to keep guys off balance. He pitched a good five innings for those guys tonight. We had some opportunities, but he threw some good pitches.”