Mariners Couldn’t Do It

For two-thirds of Thursday night’s game, it looked like the Mariners were going to win and sweep the Reds; however, things fell apart for the bullpen.

The Cincinnati Reds did score two runs in the first inning off of rookie Justin Dunn making his first start in the major leagues. Dunn had struggles with his control walking five batters. He and the Mariners were fortunate only giving up the two runs because he didn’t yield a hit at all.

Dunn last two-thirds of an inning when Zac Grotz came in to relieve him. He finished off the first inning well as pitching the second.  Tommy Milone came in the third inning and went four and two-thirds innings.

The Mariners tied the game in the second inning when Dylan Moore hit a two-run homer then took the lead in the third inning when Omar Narvaez hit a two-run homer as well.

Rookie Kyle Lewis continued his hot hitting in his third game. He had a double in the second, a single in the third and his third homer in three games in the fifth inning. He is making it look easy in the major leagues so far. I am sure the Reds are glad they won’t have to face him again for a while. After his homer, the Mariners were leading 5-2.

Things looked fine until the seventh inning. Tommy Milone who came in the third inning started having trouble. He was able to get two outs before Dan Altavilla came in. The Reds scored five runs in the seventh inning including a grand slam off of Altavilla. The Reds lead 7-5 at the end of the seventh.

The eighth inning wasn’t any better when reliever Matt Wisler gave up two home runs each with a runner on base. This gave the Reds an 11-5 lead making it hard for the Mariners to come back which they didn’t. It was the final score.

Art Warren came in to finish off the eighth inning getting the final out after surrendering a hit and a walk. Erik Swanson pitched the 9th inning without a scratch while striking out two.

The Mariners start a three-game series Friday night against the Chicago White Sox at T-Mobile Park. Yusei Kikuchi will start Friday night followed by Felix Hernandez on Saturday and Justus Sheffield on Sunday.

The Mariners are expected to see JP Crawford back at shortstop on Friday night. We may see Domingo Santana in the series as well. Not sure whether he will be at designated hitter in this series or pinch-hit.

The White Sox are similar to the Cincinnati Reds having trouble winning on the road while doing well at home. It will be nice if the Mariners can take at least two of the games against Chicago as well. Go M’s.


Another Sweep At the Hands of the Astros

The Seattle Mariners can’t beat the Houston Astros losing on Sunday 21-1. This was the second sweep this season in Houston. The Mariners have only beaten Houston once all year and have lost like 15 times.  Felix Hernandez lasted two innings plus giving up 11 runs. The bullpen obviously didn’t do much better. The Mariners only run came on a home run by Shed Long which happened to be the only hit they mustered for the day. I wonder if they should start Felix again. Maybe wait until the final game of the season?

The Arkansas Travelers the Mariners double-A team lost in the playoffs in the final game of the series 5-1 on Sunday to Tulsa so their season is over. The Mariners will likely promote right-handed starter Justin Dunn and outfielder Kyle Lewis for sure. May here about a couple of players being brought up too. 

The Mariners have 18 games remaining on the schedule. They play the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox this week beginning on Tuesday. They do have a good chance of winning all or most of these games. So come out and see these games as the season is coming to a close. Go M’s. 

Mariners Fail In Chicago

The Seattle Mariners lost for the second time in Chicago against the Cubs Tuesday night 6-1. The good news the Mariners don’t play Wednesday; however, the bad news they go to Houston to play four games against the Astros.

We could say Felix Hernandez didn’t get any run support but he only pitched three innings because he had trouble with walking batters. He walked four batters while striking out five. Servais must have figured throwing 70 pitches was enough. When Felix left the game the Mariners were down 2-0.

Wade LeBlanc came in the fourth inning for the Mariners but lasted only two innings. He gave up a home run with two runners on base to right-fielder Nicholas Castellanos in the fifth inning. If his name sounds familiar the Cubs picked him up at the trading deadline from the Detroit Tigers. He has hurt other teams since coming over to Chicago. The home run against the Mariners was his 12th since coming over to the Cubs.

The Mariners offense didn’t help matters though they were facing Jon Lester; however, he does have an ERA over four runs a game. He has given up 23 home runs on the season but the Mariners were not able to get one off of him.

The Mariners single run was on a hit by Daniel Vogelbach pinch hitting in the pitcher’s spot to drive in Dee Gordon. The Mariners had nine hits in the game but were not able to bring in any other runners.

The rest of September and the season is to see what players will play to deserve to return next season.

The Mariners brought up infielder Shed Long and reliever Zach Grotz from Tacoma with the season done for them. They both got into the game with Long pinch hitting for Austin Nola late in the game while Grotz pitched the eighth inning. He gave up no runs, no hits, and struck out a batter. This was his second time up. He pitched most of the season in double-A Arkansas.

Speaking of Arkansas they start the playoffs Wednesday night. The first game will be televised on Roots Sports at 5 pm pacific time. When their season is over the Mariners will promote at least a couple of their players. Justin Dunn for sure we will see starting for the Mariner and outfielder Kyle Lewis.

Enjoy watching September baseball even though we might not get a lot of wins in the process. Go M’s.

Mariners Split Series With Rangers

The Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers on Thursday but followed by losing on Friday and Saturday; however, Sunday they beat the Rangers 11-3. The Mariners now go to Chicago take on the Cubs for two games before going back to Texas to take on the Astros in Houston for four games the returning home next week.

Yusei Kikuchi had a poor outing his last time; however, he went five innings Sunday going five innings giving up three runs. He gave up a run in the first and two in the third.

The Mariners got off to a fast start scoring four runs in the first inning. The Rangers scored a run in the bottom of the first. The Mariners scored two more runs in the third inning on two solo home runs by Tom Murphy and Daniel Vogelbach.

The Rangers scored two runs in the third inning making it 6-3. The Mariners pitching gave up no more runs covering six innings. The Mariners scored a run in the fifth inning then Kyle Seager blew the game open hitting a three-run homer to the upper deck to put the game out of reach. The Mariners scored one last run in the 9th inning.

Dan Altavilla, Austin Adams, and Brandon Brennan came off the injured list to pitch an inning of shutout ball along with Sam Tuivailala between Adams and Brennan. Braden Bishop coming off the injured list started in centerfield. The Mariners recalled Ryan Court from Tacoma.

Justus Sheffield and Felix Hernandez will start the two games against the Cubs. Go M’s.

Mariners Win Two At Home Against Blue Jays

Sunday the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays at T-Mobile Park 3-1. Marco Gonzales had a good day going seven innings giving up only three hits along with the one run. He did walk two batters however struck out five on 99 pitches. His lone run came in the sixth inning when the Mariners were leading 2-0 going into it.

The Mariners scored in the third inning on a solo home run by Dylan Moore his sixth of the season. They scored another run in the fourth inning and the final run in the seventh inning.

In all the Mariners had four hits in the game scoring three runs on them was a good sign. Besides Moore’s home run Kyle Seager hit a double to drive in a run and Omar Narvaez had a sacrifice fly. JP Crawford and Austin Nola had the other two hits in which led to Mariner scores.

The win was Marco Gonzales 14th of the season surpassing his 13 wins of last year. Matt Magill had the save his fourth since taking the closer role and the second in the series against the Jays. The Mariners now have won four series in a row all 2-1 series.

The Mariners now take on the New Yankees Monday night thru Wednesday afternoon. They will then go on the road to Texas facing the Rangers for four games followed by two against the Cubs in Wrigley Field then back to Texas four games against the Houston Astros. Hopefully, they will do better this time as they were swept in Houston at the beginning of August in three games which included a no-hitter.

The Mariners will start with an opener on Monday against the Yankees followed by Yusei Kikuchi on Tuesday after missing his last start in the rotation. In his last game he went the distance throwing a shutout. It wouldn’t be an easy task against the Yankees.

Justus Sheffield will make his second start after being promoted from Arkansas. He will be facing ex-Mariners James Paxton who he was traded for on the off-season on Wednesday afternoon. For the Mariners to take another series at home they will need to keep the Yankees from hitting home runs which isn’t an easy task.

Felix Hernandez is expected to make another start on Thursday in the first game in Texas.

The Mariners top draft picks in 2017 and 2018 Evan White and Logan Gilbert continue to perform well at double-A Arkansas. White has had multiple-hits in his last three games along with playing fantastic defense at first base. Also he has shown more power at the plate this year with 16 home runs.

Gilbert continues well going up levels in the Mariner farm system for his first season in professional ball. Arkansas is his third stop after starting at low-level A West Virginia followed by high-level A Modesto.  He has an ERA of 2.17 with Arkansas in eight starts. The way he is pitching he should find his way into the Mariners starting rotation sometime in 2020.

So as the Mariners close out this series against the Yankees we hope for continued success this month and in September when we should see some of the Mariner prospects in uniform. Go M’s.

Wild Pitch Ends Mariners Sweep the Rays

Wednesday game against the Tampa Bay Rays was one of those games where we weren’t sure who wanted to win the game.

The Mariners had the opportunity to win the game well as sweep the series against the Rays. The Rays scored a run in the first inning when leadoff hitter Tommy Pham walked stole second and third then scored on a sacrifice fly.

The Rays scored another run in the third inning when one of my favorite ex-Mariners Guillermo Heredia hit a home run off of Wade LeBlanc making the score 2-0. The Mariners scored three runs in the top of the fourth for a lead that didn’t last long. The big hit was by left fielder Tim Lopes. The Rays scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth giving them the lead back to 4-3. The Rays scored another run in the sixth inning to take 5-3 which stood until the ninth inning.

In the 9th inning Daniel Vogelbach hit a home run to get the game closer being down 5-4. With Jake Fraley making his major league debut being on third base and Dee Gordon on second after stealing the base Mallex Smith hit a triple to bring them both home to take the lead back 6-5. There was one out with Smith at third; however, the Mariners were not able to bring him in.

The Mariners brought in Matt Magill to save the game; however, he gave up a leadoff home run to tie the game. The Rays were able to load the bases without anyone out. It didn’t look good for the Mariners. They came back a couple times to go for victory but Magill threw a wild pitch catcher Omar Narvaez wasn’t able to handle so the game ended with the Rays winning 7-6. Not a pretty sight at all.

At least the Mariners were able to go 6-3 on this road trip taking two out of three from the Detroit Tigers, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Rays. The Mariners now come home to face the Blue Jays over the weekend starting Friday night. As we know T-Mobile Park will be filled with some if not many Blue Jay fans coming down from Canada. We hope the Mariners can make it an uneventful weekend for the team from the North.

The Mariners will have Justus Sheffield brought up from Double-A Arkansas to start on Friday followed by the return of Felix Hernandez on Saturday and Marco Gonzales on Sunday.

Soon we will be seeing some other players coming up from the minor leagues. We will see pitcher Justin Dunn up from Double-A Arkansas at some point probably when they complete their season and play in the league playoffs.

Oh can’t forget Kyle Seager’s hitting streak ended though he did score a run and drive one in as well. Also, Austin Nola didn’t have a hit and Tommy Murphy didn’t play. We shouldn’t have been surprised the Mariners would lost the game.

Kikuchi Shutout Helps Mariners Take Two In Toronto

In one of the best outings on the season by a Mariners pitcher happened on Sunday in Toronto when Yusei Kikuchi shut out the Blue Jay 7-0.

Kikuchi went the whole way for the Mariners giving up only two hits, walked one, and struck out eight. His best outing since he came to Seattle from Japan.  This shows what he is capable of the Mariners will have success with Kikuchi on the mound.

This was an added sight since the Mariners used seven relief pitchers on Saturday in the win over Toronto 4-3. The Mariners decided to go with all relievers in the game since this was the first time needing a fifth starter since Mike Leake was traded on the last day of the trading deadline.

Depending on how many relief pitchers they need to use in the next few days they may use a group of relievers once again or bring a pitcher like Justus Sheffield from double-A Arkansas or use Felix Hernandez if he is ready to go after doing rehab assignment. They have a day off on Thursday when the Mariners return home to play the Blue Jays so they may not need to use the fifth starter once again until facing the New York Yankees at home.

The Mariners had four home runs in the game. Kyle Seager continues his hot hitting getting another home run on Sunday in the second inning. Tom Murphy had a home run in the fourth inning helping the Mariners score four runs. Also, Austin Nola had a home run before Murphy in the same inning. Centerfielder Broxton had a home run in the seventh inning.

The Mariners had an interesting line up. Tim Lopes led off once again playing in left field. Dee Gordon batted second playing shortstop in place of JP Crawford.  Domingo Santana was back in the lineup at dh. He didn’t get a hit in the game though.

Marco Gonzales is expected to pitch Monday in Tampa. He may be followed by an opener on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Mariners are currently 4-2 on this road trip. Go M’s.