Wild night in Arlington … capped by this scene
One of the wilder nights in Mariners baseball history tonight, a 21-run outpouring against the Texas Rangers. And as I left Rangers Ballpark after writing it all up, the heavens opened, thunder blasted and lightning began flashing over the stadium.
No, this time it wasn’t coming from Justin Smoak’s bat. This was Mother Nature checking in, Texas style, on another muggy night in Arlington. But it seemed fitting, somehow, after all the thunder and lightning produced by Seattle’s young offense.
A pair of three-run bolts by Smoak. A three-run shot by Dustin Ackley. A two-run bomb by Jesus Montero, who came a triple short of the cycle and then joked afterward that he’s too slow to hit a three-bagger … though he did go for the cycle in Triple-A last year.
Everyone was having fun on this night and why not. You can read all about it on Mariners.com, including how Steve Delabar was sent down postgame (I guess he was one guy probably not having fun), with the expecation that hard-throwing Stephen Pryor will be joining the team in Chicago.
Yeah, the winds of change are in the air as well. This club will get even younger as the season goes. And as the young bucks get to play, there’ll be ups and downs and growing pains … and sometimes nights like tonight when it all comes together and there’s electricity in the air. Literally.