Sep 17, 2020
Visitors at Home, Giants Hit 3 HRs and Beat Mariners 9-3
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By JANIE McCAULEY, AP Baseball Writer
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Brandon Belt, Brandon Crawford and Evan Longoria homered for San Francisco, and the visiting Giants playing at home beat the Seattle Mariners 9-3 on Wednesday night in a game moved to the Bay Area because of smoky, dangerous air in Western Washington.
Donovan Solano and Mauricio Dubon hit early RBI singles as the Giants backed Drew Smyly (1-0) and snapped a three-game losing streak with a “road” victory at Oracle Park. One encouraging development: A familiar mist hovered over the outfield late in the game, not smoke.
Smyly made his first start since Aug. 1 and second appearance since being sidelined by a sprained index finger on his pitching hand.
Belt hit a two-run homer in the third inning and Longoria connected for a solo drive one out later against right-hander Ljay Newsome (0-1). Crawford contributed a two-out shot in the seventh and Mike Yastrzemski added an RBI double as the Giants pounded out 15 hits.
The Mariners drew a pair of bases-loaded walks in the fourth.
This marked the first of two games relocated from Seattle because of the unhealthy air quality from numerous West Coast wildfires. The Mariners and Oakland Athletics played a Monday doubleheader in the smoke and players expressed concern.
The Mariners took off about 10 a.m. Wednesday — rare day-of travel in baseball — from Seattle and pitcher Kendall Graveman even joked about wearing uniforms on the plane and eating sack lunches on the way. Some went straight to Oracle Park upon landing in San Francisco, while others opted to stop by the team hotel.
“There was some talk about it,” manager Scott Servais said with a grin on a pregame Zoom call.
Seattle was the home team but wore its gray road jerseys. The Giants sported their cream-colored home uniforms — the first time playing as the road team at home since Game 2 of a doubleheader with the Reds on July 23, 2013, making up a rainout from July 4 that year.
"If there ever was a year for this to happen, this was it, because nothing is normal," Servais said. "It has been weird all year long.”
HAVING SOME FUN
Giants PR man Mike Passanisi and longtime Mariners media ace, Tim Hevly, came up with an entertaining pregame announcement with Passanisi on the mic: “First pitch 6:45. Game time temperature in San Francisco, 71 degrees. Game time temperature in Seattle, 70 degrees.”
Mariners: Seattle got a scare when Dylan Moore was hit in the head by a pitch in the seventh. He stayed in the game briefly. ... On Tuesday, RHP Matt Magill underwent arthroscopic debridement surgery on his throwing shoulder in Los Angeles performed by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. The hope is Magill will be ready to begin a throwing program in spring training and pitch in exhibition games, Servais said. The rehab process will start immediately. ... 2B Shed Long is deciding his next step with a stress fracture in his shin that was diagnosed last week and put him out for the season. "Shed is still working through what's the best course of action for him to get back healthy. I know he's weighing a couple different options right now. I'm not sure where he's headed," Servais said. “May be a minor surgery, may not be.”
Giants: RHP Jeff Samardzija, sidelined by an inflamed pitching shoulder, is expected to throw five innings in a simulated game Thursday at the club's Sacramento alternate site. ... RHP Reyes Moronta (right shoulder surgery) threw in Sacramento. He still could get into a major league game by season's end. “We’re going to monitor him at every outing, and figure out how he bounces back,” manger Gabe Kapler said. “But so far, his stuff has been crisp, and it’s been trending up.”
The Mariners reinstated INF J.P. Crawford from the bereavement list and optioned INF Donovan Walton to their Tacoma alternate site and kept him on the taxi squad.
Giants LHP Tyler Anderson (2-3, 4.50 ERA) tries to win consecutive starts for the first time this season opposite Seattle LHP Nick Margevicius (1-3, 5.34), looking to snap a two-start skid.
AP Sports Writers Tim Booth and Anne M. Peterson contributed to this report.
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Wilson magnificent, but defense a concern for 2-0 Seahawks
SEATTLE (AP) — The Seattle Seahawks seem determined to see just how much Russell Wilson’s talent and skill can carry them.
Because for the first two weeks of the season, the Seahawks’ 2-0 start has been predicated on Wilson playing some of the best football of his career and making up for a defense that continues to show deficiencies, especially when trying to protect a lead.
Seattle’s wild 35-30 win over New England on Sunday night was another showcase performance for Wilson. He matched his career high with five touchdown passes and has nine through the first two weeks.
Wilson is orchestrating Seattle’s offense with inspired determination and confidence with seemingly all of his throws.
And the Seahawks have needed every bit of what Wilson is bringing to make up for a defense that has surrendered an eye-popping amount of yards in the first two games and continues to have a mostly absent pass rush.
“We’ve given up too many explosives. … We’ve got to do a better job there and we have to execute better,” Seattle coach Pete Carroll said Monday. “We gave away, I don’t know, maybe 80, 100 yards in situations there that we didn’t need to give up. And we have to play cleaner.”
It’s a balance and one Seattle would like to figure out if for no other reason than to limit stress. The 73 points scored in the first two weeks is the second-highest total to start a season in franchise history.
But Seattle has also allowed 831 yards passing in the two games, the second-highest total by any team through the first two weeks of the season, according to the Pro Football Reference database. Only the 2018 Kansas City Chiefs allowed their opponents more passing yards through two games at 860.
Of course, those Chiefs also had the MVP in Patrick Mahomes and went on to win 12 regular-season games and reach the AFC Championship.
Maybe Wilson is on a similar path?
Seattle offensive coordinator Brian Schottenheimer deserves recognition for the efficiency of the Seahawks offense. While Week 1 was heavy on Wilson through the air, there was balance in how Seattle attacked the Patriots.
Wilson attempted 27 passes, but Seattle also ran the ball 30 times and finished with 154 yards rushing. Those are benchmarks that will keep Carroll happy with the type of balance Seattle is getting but doesn’t take away the explosiveness that’s been in display in the pass game.
WHAT NEEDS HELP
Seattle managed one sack and just five quarterback hits on New England QB Cam Newton. The pass rush continues to be a huge contributing problem to the passing yards being allowed. Even when Seattle brings extra pressure, it’s struggling to get to the quarterback. Seattle must find a fix or a secondary that is already giving up huge chunks of yards will have more chances to be exposed.
And now they’ll be without veteran Bruce Irvin for the rest of the season after he suffered a torn ACL in his knee in the fourth quarter.
Wilson’s five touchdowns Sunday went to five different pass catchers, four of them wide receivers. Tyler Lockett, DK Metcalf, David Moore and Freddie Swain all took turns celebrating in the end zone, along with running back Chris Carson. Of Wilson’s 21 completions, 15 went to wide receivers. For the season, Seattle wide receivers have caught 31 passes on 38 targets with five touchdowns.
It’s not the flashiest group in the league, but it has been highly effective for two games.
Veteran TE Greg Olsen had a rough home debut. He mishandled his only target of the game on Seattle’s opening drive, watching the catchable pass bounce off his hands and be returned for a touchdown by Devin McCourty. Olsen also had a false start penalty.
9 — Wilson is the third player in the Super Bowl era to have nine or more TD passes and one or zero interceptions in the first two weeks of the season. The other two were Mahomes in 2018 and Peyton Manning in 2013. Both went on to win the MVP award in those seasons.
Irvin and defensive back Marquise Blair are both done for the season due to torn ACLs.
Blair had emerged through training camp as Seattle’s primary nickel cornerback and was doing well in making the transition from safety. Ugo Amadi is likely to take over.
Irvin played two roles for Seattle as the strongside linebacker in its base defense and as a pass rusher in nickel and throwing situations.
“It was really great to have (Irvin) back. It was such a positive factor, such a great example of what our program is about,” Carroll said.
Seattle’s secondary will face another big test with a visit from Dak Prescott and Dallas.
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