Former Oregon Duck Ryon Healy continues to progress and impress for the Seattle Mariners.
Seattle was team pegged for a Playoff Push this season. Despite recent struggles, one player still believes in the hype. On Sunday night, former Oregon Duck Ryon Healy stepped to the plate in extra innings and provided the game-winning hit to beat the Texas Rangers 4-3.
The Mariners have opened some eyes this season, at one point leading the Majors in one run game victories and now hold a 9-1 edge this season in extra-inning games. The AL West is led by the Houston Astros with 73 wins. Seattle is slightly behind with 65. The Oakland A’s are in second place in the division with 67 victories.
Monday night saw Closer Edwin Diaz pick up his 42 save of the season for Seattle. Mariners Starter Wade LeBlanc has had a few rough outings of late but settled in against the Texas Rangers throwing 6 2/3 giving up two hits and a run in what ended up being a no-decision. He was lifted after just 82 pitches. The game remained tied in the bottom of the ninth inning and went into extras.
Despite his seventh fielding error of the season, Ryon Healy atoned with a single in the top of the 12th inning with an RBI to put Seattle up a run. They would hold on for the win. Healy will have to help put his sense of urgency into the team over the next few months.
Of course, the talk of Major League Baseball this month seems to be the unstoppable Boston Red Sox, who over the weekend dismantled the New York Yankees and have reached the 80 win mark with just under two months to go in the Regular Season.
Seattle lost to Texas on Tuesday 11-4 and will look to take the series 2-1 on Wednesday. (11:05 am PT)