Postgame notes, quotes, boxscore and video of Scott Servais discussing the Mariners' 13-3 win over the A's on Wednesday night as well as the injury to Leonys Martin
Obviously, a huge night from Adam Lind going 4-for-4 with a solo homer, a three-run homer, a RBI single and a run-scoring double for six RBI.
Asked if he was building toward this, he laughed and said: “Yeah, that’s one way to put it. I’ve been building something. It was just a good night.”
The Mariners obviously don’t expect these kinds of nights from Lind, but they did acquire him in the offseason to be a force against right-handed pitching. They’ve only seen glimpses of it.
“There’s been incremental improvements for the last two to three weeks,” he said. “Tonight it all worked out. I have a good day and two bad days. Small steps. It’s always process. And as Edgar (Martinez) says, ‘you gotta enjoy the process, no matter how long it takes.'”
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Obviously seeing Leonys Martin grabbing at his hamstring put a damper on the win. Martin felt tightness in the left hamstring on a steal of second in the six-run third inning. After advancing to third and telling third base coach Manny Acta of the discomfort, trainer Rob Nodine and manager Scott Servais met with him. He remained in the game, but after getting caught in a rundown on the next play, it showed how gingerly he was moving. Servais removed him from the game.
The Mariners officially called the injury a “tweak.” Martin called it a cramp.
“It’s a little cramp,” he said. “There was a little cramp when I came up from the base. It felt a little bit tight. They decided to take me out of the game to be smart. I hope to be back in a few days. We’ve got a day off tomorrow.”
Martin said he’d never dealt with any issues with his hamstring before. He’ll be re-evaluated in the morning by the Mariners’ medical staff.
“It’s my first time, but I’m going to be all right,” he said.
From the visitor’s clubhouse: Manager Bob Melvin …
On Zach Neal’s performance after the first inning: … “Yeah I mean the first five hitters he got out. And then when Lind hit the homer it looked like maybe the ball was creeping over the plate more. It looked like he had a pretty good sinker early on and was on the corners.
On Zach throwing a perfect 4th after a long 3rd inning: … I needed some innings. Sometimes you can’t just take a guy out early and run through your whole bullpen as we’ve been doing quite a bit this year. Sometimes guys just gotta figure it out a little bit and give you some innings.”
- The Mariners are 28-18 (.609) and have the 2nd-best record in the American League, trailing only the Boston Red Sox (29-17/.630).
- The Mariners are 7-2 in their last 9 games, 23-10 in their last 33 games and 26-12 in their last 38 games since snapping a 5-game losing streak April 13.
- The Mariners are 28-18 after 46 games…the 28 wins are 4th-most in club history after 46 games, trailing only the clubs from 2001 (34-12), 2002 (30-16) and 2003 (30-16) while ranking ahead of the clubs from 2000 (25-21), 1997 (25-21) and 1996 (25-21).
- The Mariners have won 3 straight series and are 10-1-1 in their last 12 series since April 15…are 11-3-1 overall in series this season.
- The Mariners are 5-0 in rubber games this season (game to decide outcome of a 3-game series), winning the final game of the series at Texas (4/4-6), at Cleveland (4/19-21), at Los Angeles-AL (4/22-24), at Baltimore (5/17-19) and vs. Oakland (5/23-25).
- Seattle scored a season-high 13 runs tonight (prev. 11, 4/26 vs. HOU), had a season-high 17 hits in a 9-inning game (prev. 16, 5/4 at OAK), tied their season-high with 4 home runs (last: 4/5 at TEX) and equaled a single inning season-high with 6 runs in the bottom of the 3rd inning (also: 4/5 at TEX, 8th inning).
- Adam Lind (4×4, 3 R, 2 HR, 6 RBI) is 1 of 4 Mariners with at least 4 hits, 1 double, 2 home runs & 6 RBI in a game (also: Jay Buhner, Ken Griffey Jr. & Bret Boone). … Lind recorded the 11th multi-home run game of his career and 10th career game with 2 home runs (last: 9/7/13 at MIN w/TOR).
- Hisashi Iwakuma recorded his 50th career win tonight, becoming the 10th pitcher to win 50 or more games with the Mariners (also: Felix Hernandez, Jamie Moyer, Randy Johnson, Freddy Garcia, Mark Langston, Mike Moore, Joel Pineiro, Erik Hanson and Gil Meche). … Iwakuma is the 8th Mariners pitcher to earn his first 50 career wins with the Mariners, joining Hernandez, Garcia, Langston, Moore, Pineiro, Hanson and Meche. … Iwakuma is 10-3-1 with a 3.24 ERA (46 ER, 127.2 IP) in 20 games (17 starts) in the month of May…his .769 winning percentage in May is his best of any month and his 3.24 ERA in his 2nd-best month (2.81 in Sept./Oct.).
- Robinson Canó (2×5, 2 R, HR, RBI) has reached base safely in 24 consecutive games (since April 30). … During the streak he’s hitting .347 (35×101) with 19 runs, 10 doubles, 5 home runs and 19 RBI. … The streak is the 4th-longest of his career (31, 2015-16; 31, 2014 & 26, 2012).
- Nelson Cruz (3×4, 2 R, HR, 2 RBI) recorded his 4th 3-hit game of the season tonight and 2nd in his last 9 games.
- Kyle Seager (2×5, 2 R, 2B, RBI) has reached base safely in 25 of his last 26 games. … In his last 26 games, Seager is batting .351 (34×97) with 13 runs, 10 doubles, 2 triples, 4 home runs, 17 RBI and 12 walks.
- Leonys Martin (1×2, RBI) extended his hitting streak to 9 games with a RBI single in the 3rd inning. … Since May 3 is hitting .353 (24×68) with 14 runs, 1 double, 5 home runs and 10 RBI. … Martin left the game in the top of the 4th inning with a tweak in his left hamstring and is day-to-day.
- Khris Davis (1×3, R, HR, RBI) hit his 10th home run in May and 13th of the season with a solo shot to center field in the 2nd inning. … Davis is batting .241 (20×83) with 10 home runs and 22 RBI in 22 games in May. … Entering today, his 9 home runs led the Majors and his 21 RBI ranked second in the month of May.
- Dating back to July 5, 2015, the A’s have hit at least 1 home run in 19 consecutive games vs. the Mariners (25 HR)…Oakland is 7-12 in these games.
- Coco Crisp (1×3, RBI, K) has hit safely in 10 of his last 11 games, including his last 9 games, batting .304 (14×46) with 5 runs scored, 6 doubles, 1 home run, 7 RBI, 1 walk and 1 stolen base.
- Billy Burns (2×4, 2B, RBI) has hit safely in 17 of his last 20 games, dating back to May 3…during this stretch he is batting .289 (24×83) with 14 runs scored, 2 doubles, 1 triple, 1 RBI, 2 HBP, 3 walks and 5 stolen bases.
- Chris Coghlan (1×3, R, 2B) snapped a 0-for-21 hitless streak with a double in the 5th inning.
- Zach Neal made his first Major League start and went 4 innings, allowing 7 runs and 8 hits, while striking out 1.