SEATTLE -- The Mariners have had a host of different players step up in starring roles this season as they've zoomed into the lead in the American League West. Adam Lind figured it was finally his turn on Wednesday.The 32-year-old first baseman emerged from a season-long funk with a six-RBI
SEATTLE -- The Mariners have had a host of different players step up in starring roles this season as they've zoomed into the lead in the American League West. Adam Lind figured it was finally his turn on Wednesday.
The 32-year-old first baseman emerged from a season-long funk with a six-RBI eruption as he laced four hits, including a pair of home runs, in Seattle's 13-3 runaway win over the A's.
"I said to [hitting coach Edgar Martinez], it's great we're winning, but it's nice to participate, too," Lind said. "Tonight I had a chance to do that."
"He's capable of carrying a club for a few weeks," said manager Scott Servais. "He's got that kind of offensive ability. It was great to see. He needed one of those nights and good for him."
General manager Jerry Dipoto brought in Lind because of his prolific history against right-handed pitching, but he was batting just .216 with three homers and 12 RBIs in 35 games until reworking those numbers in a big way in his breakout game.
Lind heads into Thursday's off-day feeling a lot better about himself as his 4-for-4 day hiked his average to .242 with five homers and 18 RBIs. Though the 11-year Major League veteran has a track record of success, that doesn't mean he hasn't felt pressure to show his new club what he can do and to sweat his poor start.
"I know what I'm capable of, but do the random guys on this team that haven't played against me a lot?" Lind said. "Even the management, [bench coach Tim] Bogar has been around, but this is Scott's first time and Jerry Dipoto was out west. There's just a lot of things going on."
Lind had plenty of help in this one as the Mariners racked up season highs with their 13 runs and 17 hits. Robinson Cano moved into a tie for the American League home run lead with Todd Frazier of the White Sox with his 14th of the year. That solo shot also accounted for his 43rd RBI, tied for the most in the Majors with David Ortiz of the Red Sox.
Nelson Cruz ripped his 10th home run as well as Seattle improved to 28-18, tied for the fourth-most wins after 46 games in club history. But the Mariners haven't had a lot of laughers and Lind was happy to help the whole team relax a bit in this one.
"It was a good game. I think it was good for everybody," he said. "A Lot of smiles, we can enjoy the day off tomorrow and come back Friday. We've been playing well, but we haven't had a game like this all season."
Certainly that's true for Lind. But fitting into the winning equation in a blowout victory proved a welcome tonic for a guy who spent his first nine years in the Majors with the same team in Toronto before getting traded to Milwaukee last year and then finding himself in Seattle this spring.
"It's tough," he said of starting over in a whole new environment. "I did it last year, but we stunk. So I was just talking to some of my close people and I really don't want to screw this up. I'm finally on a good team and I'd like to contribute and be a part of the success of this team. It's time. It's time for me to do something to help this team win."
Lind became just the fourth Mariner ever to have four hits, one double, two homers and six RBIs in the same game, joining Ken Griffey Jr., Jay Buhner and Bret Boone.
Greg Johns has covered the Mariners since 1997, and for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @GregJohnsMLB, read his Mariners Musings blog, and listen to his podcast.