Mariners Vault: Cruz HR walks off Cleveland

June 10th, 2021

MLB.com is digging back into its massive video vault to uncover classic plays that you have loved, forgotten about or, perhaps, are discovering for the very first time. Watch these moments and many, many more on the MLB Vault YouTube page.

Sept. 22, 2017: Boomstick bomb against Cleveland
The Mariners had already tumbled out of postseason contention, but Nelson Cruz still gave fans plenty to cheer for during the final days of the regular season, crushing a 405-foot homer off Cody Allen to walk-off red-hot Cleveland, which earlier that month had completed a 22-game win streak, the longest in American League history. The two-run shot pushed Cruz into the AL lead in RBIs, with 114. It also snapped a six-game skid for Seattle.

May 2, 2002: Four dingers and warning-track power
Mike Cameron is one of just 18 players in MLB history to pull off the nearly impossible: Four long balls in a single game. Everyone in Seattle remembers that iconic showing in the South Side of Chicago that afternoon in 2002. But what probably gets lost in the noise is how close Cameron came to becoming the only player to go deep five times in a game. After stepping to the plate to a roaring ovation from the crowd, he drove a pitch out to the right-field warning track for the first out in the ninth inning.

July 19, 2019: Leake avenges with near perfecto
With most of the Mariners’ faithful turning their eyes toward Cooperstown for the Hall of Fame enshrinement of Edgar Martinez, back in Seattle, Mike Leake was flirting with perfection. Exactly one week after he didn't get out of the first inning when the Mariners were no-hit in Anaheim, Leake came three outs shy of history at T-Mobile Park. He lost the perfecto on a single to lead off the ninth, then he walked the next hitter before coming back to retire his final three hitters, including an emphatic punchout of Mike Trout to end the game.

Sept. 5, 2008: Morrow's special start
Brandon Morrow was drafted No. 5 overall in 2006 and pitched his way onto the big league club in '07, but as a reliever. Finally in '08, the Mariners committed to developing him as a starter, sending him down to Triple-A in August to stretch him out. Morrow punctuated those plans by coming back up in September and nearly tossing the fourth no-hitter in club history in his first career start against the mighty Yankees. He lost his bid at history after 106 pitches, in front of a roaring home crowd.