On Thursday afternoon the Mariners demonstrated again why June has been a terrible month for them and being swept by Detroit Tigers. They went 2-8 on this recent trip where they could have easily been 5-5 or a winning record. Thursday’s game showed exactly how bad the road trip was. Adrian Sampson who was supposed to start the game for the Mariners had to bow out having been injured while warming up in the bullpen. He was replaced by Vidal Nuno who pitched just over four innings and giving up four runs. The bullpen did an outstanding job and the Mariners came from behind 4-1 to tie the game at 4-4 by hitting four home runs including two by Nelson Cruz how had Wednesday off. The Mariners showed in the tenth inning how much bad luck they had demonstrated on this road trip. Sean O’Malley led off the inning with a single and the Tigers tried to pick him off but the ball was overthrown so he went to third base without an out. It looked as though the Mariners should score at least one run in the inning but with one out a ball was hit to second base. O’Malley had left third base on contact and was called out on a run down between third and home. Robinson Cano ended the top of the tenth inning. The Tigers ended up loading the bases after a poor throw to Seager at third base so the two runners moved up to second and third. The Mariners did an intentional walk however Cishek threw a wild pitch that brought home the winning run to end the game. This totally showed how bad the Mariners had played in Detroit if not the whole road trip. The Mariners lost five in a row after beating the Boston Red Sox in the first game of that series last Friday. The Mariners do come home with a winning record still on the road but it is now 21-19. Also the Mariners are one game below five hundred as well. They have only won six games this month.
The Mariners now take on the St. Louis Cardinals for an interleague series over the weekend. The attendance should be outstanding over the weekend since the Cardinals are one of the best teams in the National League over many years.
The Mariners traded with the Toronto Blue Jays on Wednesday for Wade LeBlanc a left handed starter who had been pitching in triple A. He lasted started a game in the major leagues in 2014 after spending 2015 in Japan. He is expected to start Friday night’s game for the Mariners. The Mariners will likely make several roster moves today. Wade Miley is expected to make a rehab start in Everett. He should make his next start next week with the Mariners. Also TaiJuan Walker is expected to return next Thursday to start depending on his injury. King Felix is not expected to return until after the All-Star break in the middle of July.
It will be interesting to see what trades that Jerry Dipoto may make over the next several weeks. I see that Luis Sardinas has recently been playing in the outfield so a possibility he could be playing some outfield along with Sean O’Malley. I would not be surprised if Aoki is off the roster if he continues to play the way he has so far this season. The Mariners need to improve the defense in the outfield. Neither Seth Smith nor Nelson Cruz been playing very good defense. O’Malley and Gutierrez have been playing late in games depending on who the Mariners are facing in the lineup. It would be nice to have an outfielder who can play regularly in either left or right field. Also take Leonys Martin spot when he needs a rest in center field. He is still hurt from the injury that occurred to him when he landed on the disabled list so he is not at one hundred percent at this time.
I was reading where the Pittsburgh Pirates who were having a good season until recently as well has lost twenty out of their last twenty-six games and are five games below five hundred. So nice to know that the Mariners are not alone however we hope this home stand will put the Mariners back together again. So Jerry Dipoto shake your magic wand and go M’s.