The Seattle Mariners now will look to sweep the Oakland A’s at Safeco Field after losing five games in a row including a sweep by the Orioles in Baltimore.
I would not say it is an easy sweep that they are trying to accomplish. On Saturday they had a 2-2 tie going into fourth inning when Yovani Gallardo went only three innings giving up two runs and five hits. He was replaced by Casey Lawrence who did even worse giving up four runs in one-third of an inning with three hits and two walks. He was replaced by newcomer Ryan Garton who was just called up from Tacoma. The Mariners made a minor league trade for him in August with the Tampa Bay Rays. He was able to get two outs in the fourth inning without giving up any more runs. Marco Gonzales who was sent to the bullpen after not pitching well in starting six games came in to take over for long relief. He actually did very well out of the bullpen going four innings giving up no runs on two hits and striking out five. Also he didn’t give up a walk either. For now it looks like he may have found his spot in the bullpen. Gallardo may have to look to go back to the bullpen himself if he isn’t released by the Mariners. James Paxton threw in the bullpen on Saturday and he could end up taking Gallardo’s spot in the rotation if he is ready to go. The Mariners are hoping that Felix will be able to throw as well and get into the rotation as well.
The game turned out to be a final finish. Mike Zunino hit a home run in the 8th inning to tie the score at 6-6. In the top of the ninth inning Edwin Diaz walked and got a hit however was able to strike out two batters to keep the tie going into the bottom of the inning. The Mariners were able to load the bases with nobody out and Nelson Cruz coming to bat. Unfortunately Cruz struck out and Kyle Seager had a pop up that didn’t go deep enough in the outfield to score Segura. So now with two outs everyone was wondering with Mitch Haniger at the plate he could drive in Segura however the pitcher Blake Treinen threw a wild pitch that brought in Segura for the winning run. Now the Mariners can see what they can do on Sunday afternoon to get the sweep before the Houston Astros come to town.
Andrew Albers will be taking the mound for the Mariners Sunday against the A’s. His last outing was not a good one at all and most of it was not his fault. He was able to go five innings even though there were five errors in the first inning and the eight runs he allowed in that time only three were earned. He deserved a better fate for sure. We hope that he is able to pitch and the outcome will be like his previous two outings. Now that the Mariners have more pitchers in the bullpen if Albers can go five innings and keep them in the game the relievers will be in good shape to finish off the game for the sweep and A’s lineup doesn’t scare me at all.
It would be nice if the Mariners could go on a good string of wins on this home stand before going on the road again. It is amazing that they are still in the wild card race. Of course it helps that the other teams are losing as well. Go M’s.