Zunino Hits Home Run in Twelfth Inning

Saturday night the Mariners had another one of those close games which they are having frequently and probably continue until they are completely healthy. The game was zero to zero through the fifth inning until the Twins scored two runs in the top of the sixth inning however Jean Segura led off with a home run. After Haniger reached base on a walk Nelson Cruz home run for the Mariners to take a 3-2. It looked like Wade LeBlanc who pitched a wonderful game would get the victory however the Twins scored a run in the eighth inning to tie the game. Nick Vincent who got the first two outs along with walking a batter had to leave the game because of injury was replaced by James Pazos who gave up two hits that scored a run that was credited to Vincent.
The score stayed the same until the bottom of the twelfth when Mike Zunino hit a solo home run to win the game 4-3. Chase Bradford who pitched the top of the twelfth got the victory. Zunino who had struck out three times in the game was due to have contact with the ball and so he did with a long home run that had no doubt. I call him the all or nothing for a nickname. Fortunately for the Mariners he got it all this time and it was his eighth of the season.
I wonder how many home runs and doubles that Zunino could have if he went a whole season being consistent at the plate. The Mariners want him primarily for his defense and occasional bomb like in this game but having Zunino hitting .250 or higher for the whole season would be a joy to see. He would be an all-star for many years. If he isn’t able to hit any higher than the low two hundreds or like he is right now at .198 the Mariners will need to bring in another catcher. I would never get rid of Zunino because of his defense and power as long he performs but having another catcher that can hit for average would be really nice. I would like someone who bats left handed and can play first base as well. The unfortunate part though they are hard to find or I am sure Dipoto would have gotten one of them already. Anyway we will see what happens but we will enjoy Zunino as he is right now.
The Mariners will look at sweeping the Twins today with Mike Leake at the mound. After this game they will have seven more games at home before going on the road. Alex Colome the Mariners picked up along with Denard Span is supposed to arrive in time for Sunday’s game. With the unknown status of Nick Vincent injury it is a welcome sight. Jean Segura was hit in the helmet in the bottom of the eighth inning so his status is unknown after leaving the game. Gordon Beckham took his spot and Andrew Romine moved over to shortstop. Denard Span is expected in Seattle on Monday after clearing up some personal matters. It is amazing to think that when a move is made to improve the team something else happens as well. Monday the Mariners will take on the struggling Texas Rangers for a four game series in Seattle. The Mariners will finish the home stand next weekend with a series against the Tampa Bay Rays. The Mariners will go on a six game road trip after that facing the Houston Astros for two games and the Rays for four. It will be interesting to see where the Mariners record will be after that. The Mariners right now are eleven games above five hundred with a record of 31-20. I figured if the Mariners just play one game above five hundred the rest of the way in the final one hundred and eleven games they will win 87 games. We can imagine what they will do if they do even better. Go M’s.

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