May 29, 2014; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Dominic Leone (52) pitches to the Los Angeles Angels during the sixth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Miller, Dominic Leone Lead Mariners Past Braves


Former Clemson Tigers Brad Miller and Dominic Leone helped the Seattle Mariners beat the Atlanta Braves 7-5 Tuesday night at Turner Field in Atlanta. Miller went 2-3 with an RBI and two runs scored while Leone (2-0) earned the win in relief.

Miller, who debuted in the Major Leagues in June of last year, has struggled this season, raising his average to just .173 with Tuesday night’s performance.

Leone, on the other hand, has been spectacular. He threw 2 hitless innings Tuesday, striking out four for the victory, and has now compiled an impressive 1.40 ERA to go with 30 strikeouts in just 25.2 innings in his inaugural season.

Thoughts

It’s been nice following the quick rise to the Major Leagues for both of these guys. Hopefully this is the beginning of a turn around for Miller in what has been a disappointing season thus far. As for Leone, he has been beyond impressive in his rookie season. If he continues to pitch as he has, he may earn a permanent, prominent role in the Seattle pitching staff.

It was definitely pretty cool to see these two do the damage in Atlanta, so close to TigerTown. The Mariners (30-28), play the Braves again in Atlanta Wednesday afternoon before flying to Tampa Bay to take on the Rays.

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