Kendrys Morales and Mike Zunino each homered to continue Seattle's July power surge, Aaron Harang pitched seven strong innings and the Mariners won their season-high seventh straight with a 2-1 victory over the Cleveland Indians on Monday night. Morales led off the fourth inning with a homer and Zunino did the same in the fifth off Cleveland starter Ubaldo Jimenez, helping Seattle increase its league-leading total to 29 homers in July.
The seven-game streak is the longest for Seattle since winning eight straight in August 2012. Harang (5-8) gave up a solo homer in the first to Nick Swisher, and danced around trouble for his second win in the last three starts.
Seattle rookie shortstop Brad Miller has been named the American League player of the week. Miller was selected for the award yesterday after hitting .385 with two homers and seven RBIs in Seattle's three-game sweep of Houston, July 19-21. The 23-year-old Orlando native is the first Seattle rookie to be named player of the week since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1989. Griffey won the award about six months before Miller was born.
- The Mariners extended their winning streak to 7 games, their longest win streak of the season and longest since winning 8 straight Aug. 14-22, 2012…the Mariners have outscored their opponents 46-21 during the winning streak.
- Seattle is 12-5 in their last 17 games and 20-15 in last 35).
- During the streak, the Ms starting pitchers are 7-0 with a 1.71 ERA (9 ER, 47.1 IP).
- Mike Zunino (2x3,R,HR,RBI) hit his 2nd homer of the year and first at Safeco Field…recorded his 5th career multi-hit game (last: 3, 7/12 vs. LAA).
- He is batting .310 (9/29) with 9 runs scored, 1 double, 1 home run, 4 RBI, and 6 walks in last 9 G (since 7/8).
- Kendrys Morales (1x4,R,HR,RBI) hit his 15th home run of the season, first since July 12 vs. LAA…also marked his 4th home run in July.
- Currently tied for the team lead with 56 RBI (also Raul Ibañez).
- Morales is batting .309 (25x81) w/ 16 R, 4 2B, 6 HR, 15 RBI, and 7 BB in his last 20 G (since 6/26).
- Aaron Harang (7.0,4,1,1,1,2,HR) is 3-2 with a 3.40 ERA (17 ER, 45.0 IP) in his last 7 starts, recording 4 quality starts and allowing 3 runs or less 5 times.
- Tom Wilhelmsen (1.0,1,0,0,1,0) recorded his 22nd save of the season and 6th straight save opportunity since June 3 at Texas.
- Michael Saunders went 0-for-3, snapping his career-high hitting streak at 10 games…during the streak he hit .351 (13x37) with 10 runs, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 11 RBI, and 5 walks during the streak (since 7/8).
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge suffered a dizzy spell during batting practice, had to be helped into the dugout by team personnel and has been taken to a hospital as a precaution. Seattle general manager Jack Zduriencik said Wedge was doing much better and was checked out by team doctors at Safeco Field before Monday's game against Cleveland. But Zduriencik said the team was being extra cautious and sent Wedge to the hospital for further evaluation. Bench coach Robby Thompson will handle the managerial duties for the game against the Indians. Zduriencik said he expects Wedge to be back at the ballpark on Tuesday.
July 23, 2013