In what has been a disappointing opening to the season for the once highly-touted Seattle Mariners, second baseman Jose Lopez came through Sunday afternoon to give his team a come-from-behind win over the San Diego Padres, 3 - 2.
This gives them their second consecutive win… and the first since their games on April 20 and 22.
The Mariners are now 18-27, nine games below .500 and in the cellar of the American League West.
Texas, at 22-23 just above them, is riding high, with a 7-3 record in their last ten games. Oakland is falling, with a 3-7 record in their last ten, and the Angels are also slumping at 4-6.
So if the Mariners are going to get hot, now is the time.
Ichiro Suzuki is continuing to struggle at the plate, hitting only .280 (but raising his average considerably since May began). But when he does get on, he usually makes it count. In this game he got his 20th stolen base of the season, and broke Julio Cruz’s record with a total of 291 for his Mariner’ career.
While Suzuki’s bat is starting to warm up, though, Richie Sexson and Kenji Johjima continue to struggle..and the Mariners will go nowhere until at least one of them starts producing.