Justin Smoak and Jason Vargas spark as Seattle Mariners nip Texas Rangers, 3-1: MLB Update

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Justin Smoak and Jason Vargas spark as Seattle Mariners nip Texas Rangers, 3-1: MLB Update

Seattle Mariners’ first baseman Justin Smoak and starter Jason Vargas both performed superbly as Smoak hit a solo homer and Vargas pitched economically right through the game in the Mariners’ 3-1 victory over the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field in Seattle on May 5.

The Mariners started badly in this season as they had a Win-Loss record of 8-15, but now they set their winning record better as they won seven out of last nine games.

Smoak was satisfied with his performance and said of the Rangers’ starter Colby Lewis, “I got lucky that I squared it up. You just know the fact he throws everything from a slider to a cutter to a curveball to a changeup. It's one of those things you have to be ready to hit and if you get a pitch in the zone you have to be ready to do something with it."

The Mariners’ pitchers threw pretty well as they restricted the rivals till seventh inning and their score-board remained empty. While the Mariners opened their scoring account in the second inning by taking 1-0 lead when Smoak hit a high shot towards the centre field position and it ended up in a solo home run.

The Mariners took their lead 2-0 when Brendan Ryan hit a double leading single and posted a run on the grounder of Luis Rodriguez. Ryan broke his worst hitting record of 0-for-21 after playing that double shot. The Mariners missed a scoring chance in the fourth inning when Smoak did not reach at the second base. The fourth, fifth and sixth inning passed away without score for the Mariners also.

Jack Wilson extended the Mariner’ lead to 3-0 by hitting an infield shot and added a score on the two-out hit of Ichiro Suzuki. Julio Borbon was the only player from the Rangers who was able to put a run on the scorecard for his club and cut-off the shortfall to 3-1 during the eighth inning. Smoak hit a shot in the eighth inning, but seemed useless as the scorecard remained immovable.

The Mariners’ Manager Eric Wedge was pleased with the way Smoak hit throughout the game. Speaking to reporters, he said, “I love the fact he's up there hitting. He's not up there trying to do too much. He's not up there trying to generate anything. He's trusting his hands and when you do that and have ability good things are going to happen over time.”

Vargas also showed an impressive play as he pitched 7 2/3 innings and allowed just one run on six hits including three strike-outs. He gave away two walks, but the Rangers did not avail this opportunity to add a run. The relievers also shined especially the Mariners’ closer, Brandon League, who pitched the ninth inning for his ninth save.


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