Saturday’s game between the Seattle Mariners and the Chicago Cubs may have been the best game of the year. Certainly the top of the eighth inning was the most exciting.
The Cubs were leading 1-0 with two outs when Leonys Martin came up to the bat with two runners on base. The Cubs decided to bring their closer in Aroldis Chapman whom they just got a few days earlier from the New York Yankees. All the Cub fans were excited and believed the game was over. I am sure most of the Mariner fans felt the same way however Leonys Martin for the Mariners decided the story would end in a different manner. You see Chapman had not given up a run batted in to a left handed hitter all season long so the odds were in the Cubs favor however Martin hit one of his pitches that was thrown over one hundred miles hour in-between the left and centerfielder that scored both runners on base to give the Mariners a 2-1. Next Martin left early on a steal of third base but Chapman threw it high so he was safe. Chapman than threw a ball in the dirt that the catcher could not handle so Martin ran home for a third run in the inning.
Edwin Diaz pitched the bottom of the eighth inning as the Mariners version of the fireball. He allowed a couple runners on base to make it interesting however unlike Chapman he was able to get out of the inning.
In the ninth inning the Mariners got another run. Nelson Cruz started out getting a single. Franklin Gutierrez pinched run for Cruz. He moved to second and then third on two outs. A ball hit by Chris Iannetta went to the shortstop looking like the third out however the shortstop threw it high and Iannetta was safe so Gutierrez scored the fourth and final run in the game. Steve Cishek came into the ninth inning and got his twenty-fifth save of the season for the Mariners.
In his seven innings that he pitched Wade Miley gave up one run along with only one hit. There are rumors that he is on the trading block. If he is traded by the Mariners this game made his value go higher. One team mentioned in a trade for Miley is the Baltimore Orioles. The Mariners are in the driving seat since they don’t have to trade Miley if they don’t want to however there a spot is needed in the rotation when TaiJuan Walker taken off the disabled list.
Friday’s night game that the Mariners lost to the Cubs 12-1 Nathan Karns pitched one of his worst games of the season in relief. Saturday morning Cody Martin was in the clubhouse and the Mariners activated him on the twenty-five man roster. No surprise to me Karns was put on the disabled list after two bad outings in a same manner that happened to Nick Vincent who is expected off the disabled list soon.
Sunday Night the Mariners and Cubs will play on a nation televised game on ESPN with Felix Hernandez taking the mound for the Mariners. This will be Felix’s third outing since coming off the disabled list. He likes pitching in games like this so I expect this will be a well-pitched game by the King.
The next twenty-four hours or so it will be interesting to see if the Mariners actually make a trade to help them. This is known as the trading deadline however teams still are able to trade but must put players on waivers before finalizing the trade. Most trades go through but a team can block if necessary. Go M’s.