SEATTLE -- Eric Thames has largely taken over the role vacated by Ichiro Suzuki in right field for the Mariners and the 25-year-old seems to be thriving in his new situation.
Going into Tuesday's game, Thames had hit .417 (10-for-24) with two doubles, a triple and two home runs at Safeco Field since being acquired from the Blue Jays on July 30 for reliever Steve Delabar. Overall, he's hit .286 with two home runs and seven RBIs in 17 games since the trade.
His solo home run Monday tied the game with Cleveland and set up Michael Saunders' go-ahead two-run shot on a day Seattle clubbed three long balls in a 5-3 win.
"I was just happy to put us back in the game in that inning and then see Michael go up and hit a tater off [Tony] Sipp, a tough lefty, that was pretty impressive," Thames said. "We were all pretty fired up at the end. That's a great thing to see from a team. It's not just ho-hum, another win. We're all pretty fired up and trying to get to .500 and that AL Wild Card. We have a lot of goals."
Since Thames' arrival, the club has gone 11-7. He had a big walk-off hit in a 3-2 victory over the Twins and then made the game-opening catch on a ball in the gap in Felix Hernandez's perfect game.
"Being part of a perfect game was awesome, even though Felix did all the work," he said with a laugh. "I'm speaking for everybody, to be a part of that or a walk-off win is great. You watch the Little League World Series and how much fun those kids are having, that's what we feel like right now."