The Seattle Mariners had probably had the best game they played this season with a great comeback. Justin Verlander had been pitching a no-hitter into the sixth inning with one out. No one on the Mariners looked like they were going to get a hit all evening when Jarrod Dyson decided to lay down a bunt for a single. When the inning ended the Mariners had scored three runs to come within a run 4-3. The seventh inning Mitch Haniger who had been moved down to seventh spot in the batting order hit a lead-off home run to tie the score4-4. The Mariners scored three more runs to take a three run lead of 7-4. In the top of the ninth inning Ian Kinsler hit a home run to make the final score 7-5. The Tigers did have a runner on base with two outs in the ninth when Miguel Cabrera came up to bat however he hit a grounder to end the game.
James Paxton struggled once again for the third time in a row. He went five and one-third innings giving up nine hits and four runs with three of them earned. The unearned run was on a throwing error by Jarrod Dyson. Paxton gave up two walks and struck out eight batters. He did look fine at times though so hopefully he will be on his way back. He should be back on the mound next Tuesday against the Philadelphia Phillies with the Mariners having an off day on Monday. So he will have an extra day off rest which we hope is good for him. Also allows him to work in the bullpen to before the next outing.
The Seattle Mariners made some roster moves on Wednesday before the game. They brought up starting pitcher Andrew Moore who will make his debut Thursday night against the Tigers. He is the 2nd ranked pitching prospect in the Mariners organization. He has worked his way up the organization in a good manner. The Mariners do feel that he is ready to go. He takes the spot in the rotation of Yovani Gallardo who has struggled in most of his starts. Gallardo is being sent to the bullpen and he will likely be the long reliever. Depending on how Moore does Thursday Night Gallardo could be the first pitcher out of the bullpen. Moore is the 2nd high pitching prospect to come up this week with Max Povse being recalled on Sunday Night. Povse still hasn’t made his debut as of yet either. Also depending on Moore’s performance he could make his debut tonight as well.
Friday Night is expected to be King Felix Hernandez return to the rotation. It would be nice if Moore and Felix both could go six innings in both games. Felix will be the first guy to face the Houston Astros in this three game series over the weekend. On Saturday Sam Gaviglio is expected to start. Originally the start was between him and Bergman however Bergman was sent down to Tacoma with the promotion of Andrew Moore. We hope that all three of these pitchers will be able to go a minimum of six innings so the relievers won’t be over used. Diaz having pitched the last four games he is not expected to pitch Thursday Night.
Daniel Norris will be going for the Tigers who are hoping not to be swept by the Mariners. Norris is a lefty so Haniger will be back in familiar spot of second in the batting order. As of now Ben Gamel will be second in the order against righties while Haniger will be against lefties. Haniger was seventh in the batting on Wednesday night so Gamel should be hitting seventh while Guillermo Heredia should be batting eighth in front of Mike Zunino.
With the return of Jean Segura Wednesday night the batting order looks real good for the Mariners. They will have an effective hitter batting second as well as seventh. Quite the lineup that is for sure and I believe that Gamel will play first base soon to give Danny Valencia a day off against a tough right hander. Whatever the case the Mariners offense looks good for us to see on a regular basis. Go M’s.