Edward Encarnacion reached his 400th homer on Sunday. The Mariners beat Los Angeles 9-3. Encarnacion has been pivotal for Mariners success. His power has enabled Mariners to win some series.
On Sunday, Encarnacion entered the list of three active MLB players who have reached 400 homers and the 56th in history. His teammates went wild when he made his 400th homer that flew toward the Mariners’ bullpen beyond left field. He had something to cheer his teammates.
Encarnacion delivered two homers, and Tom Murphy added two more homers to give the Mariners a victory. Sunday game was his 35th time is his career to have delivered multi-homer in a game and a second one against Los Angeles. Together with Daniel Vogelbach, they hit back to back in the sixth, before Encarnacion added a solo shot in the seventh.
Sunday game was peculiar in a way, and the Mariners made the highest number of homers and the last game to have reached six homers being on May 12, 2015. It was also the first road series to win since mid-April. The Mariners vibes were also directed at celebrating Encarnacion who also reached 1200 RBI in the game.
Encarnacion said that he felt well he had accomplished what he had been waiting for so long. Encarnacion, who is 36, showed no signs of aging. He has 20 homers of the season and 282 homers since 2012 which are the most in the major league.
Mariner coach Scott Servais said that they are happy of him. He added that Emanciation had shown true professionalism since the time they got him.
Although rumors of trading him come and go, he may be retiring after next season and all that he is targeting is to reach 500 homers.
Los Angeles has so far lost five of the seven games. They have allowed 111 homers in 66 games this season. That is more homers allowed than every team in the major except Baltimore and Seattle
Los Angles manager was expelled for trying to argue about the strike zone of home plate umpire Jeremie Rehak after the third inning when Mike Trout struck out looking.
Other active players in 400 homer club are Miguel Cabrera and Albert Pujols.
Starter Jose Suarez Frustrated
Jose Suarez was not lucky this time around against Seattle. He managed four hits and two runs over 4 2/3 innings. Last weekend he beat Seattle by reaching 13 runs. Wilfredo Tovar was called by Angeles to replace injured Andrelton Simmons. He managed a double at seventh.
Austin Good Start
Austin struck out Trout and Shohei Ohtani in the first inning. Wade LeBlanc pitched six innings of six hit-balls with eight strikeouts for his first win since April 7.
Mariners Dee Gordon will be back on Tuesday in Minnesota. He had a bruised injury.
Los Angeles Trevo Cahill entered injury list with elbow soreness.
On Tuesday, Mariners will be in Minnesota. Mike Leake will start against Martin Perez. On Monday night, Los Angeles will face the Dodgers in Anaheim.