Sometimes, bowlers can do anything to change their fortunes.
For Jared Kelenick, this meant changing his walk-up music to John Denver’s “Take Me Home, Country Roads.”
seattle mariners Took those songs to heart in Monday’s 8-4 win against the visiting washington nationals And will look to do the same on Tuesday as the teams continue their three-match interleague series
Kelenik said of their song, “When the crowd gets into it, man, I feel like as a team, we just get our fill of that.”
On Tuesday, Jake Irvin (1-4, 4.71 ERA) will take the field against Washington. mariners‘Brian Wu (1-1, 5.09) in a matchup of rookie right-handers
After failing to score without hitting the ball out of the park while losing the final two games of their three-game weekend series in Baltimore, mariners Showcased his hitting skills beyond the long ball on Monday
JP Crawford and Eugenio Suarez hit solo homers, but mariners Scored some runs on sacrifice flies, advanced runners and took extra bases when possible
“We’ve talked a little bit about where we are in the season and what we need to do to build a good momentum.” mariners manager Scott Servais said. “And it’s no coincidence when you’re selfless like that and dedicate yourself to the team and all of a sudden instead of getting just one run, we ended up getting three runs in that (fifth) inning because we did the right thing.” doing things and executing there.
With the score tied 3–3 in the fifth, Teoscar Hernandez reached on an infield single to lead off the inning and advanced to second on a throwing error. Cal Raleigh spun out of the field, while Hernandez finished third. Suárez then drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly.
Servais said of the groundout, “Cal didn’t get a hit, but he might have been one of the biggest hitters of the night.”
Kelenik then drew a walk and slid to avoid the tag with a spectacular swim move to take second. He scored on Mike Ford’s single up the middle.
Kelenik also helped fuel the tying rally in the fourth. Suarez’s homer then extended the inning to 3–2 in his favor. citizens, Kelenik followed with a single and so distracted Washington starter Trevor Williams that the pitcher made three pickoff attempts. This allowed Kelenik to take second place on the disruption violation.
Kelenik moved back to second on a lineout before scoring on Julio Rodríguez’s two-out single.
Servais said of Kelenick’s work on the basepaths, “It’s a game-changing-type play.” “Jared plays with a lot of intensity. He brings the edge.”
Lane Thomas and Dominic Smith homered citizens, who fell three games behind in an attempt to match their season-high win streak. He loaded the bases in the ninth with two outs and drove in the tying run as Jamar Candelario took the plate. mariners Closer Paul Seewald entered and fanned Candelario on a pitch that looked pretty out there.
Washington manager Davey Martinez said, “We had one bad inning where we gave them extra outs and things got out of hand.”
Both Irvine and Wu will be making first-time appearances against their Tuesday opponents.
Irvin has pitched at least five innings and allowed only one earned run in each of his last two starts. Woo earned his first win in his latest outing when he pitched 5 1/3 shutout innings against the New York Yankees on Thursday.
–Field Level Media