It was isn’t easy and not a normal sweep for the Mariners over the Minnesota Twins. The first two games the Mariners won by one run in however on Sunday they made it to win by two runs but it didn’t happen until late in the game.
Both starting pitchers did an outstanding job going into the eighth inning they were both still on the mound and the score was 1-1. The Twins scored first in the second inning and then Kyle Seager tied the game in the fourth inning with a home run.
It did look like another game that could go into extra innings however in the bottom of the eighth inning Ben Gamel started off with a single however he was thrown out trying to steal second on a close play. Manager Servais had them review the play that looked like he was safe but with it looking so close they did not overturn it. It was a really great throw by catcher Bobby Wilson who had to come up throwing on a low pitch. Mitch Haniger walked then Nelson Cruz who was up next struck out so things looked like there would be a tie going into the ninth however Kyle Seager hit a single to move Haniger to second and then Ryon Healy hit a ball that went by the shortstop into left field. I thought the play at home plate would be close but the ball got by the left fielder and went all the way to the wall so not only did Haniger score so did Seager. Healy was on second base when newcomer catcher Chris Herrmann was at the plate. He hit a single into left field but Healy was thrown out at home to end the inning with a 3-1.
The Mariners didn’t have any plan to pitch Edwin Diaz in the game so Alex Colome the Mariners traded for along with Denard Span took the mound for the save. He got all three batters out on nine pitches without striking out anyone but no hits either his first save with the Mariners. Span should be in town for tomorrow night’s game so another move will have to be made.
Here are the moves the Mariners made. They activated Colome before the game and put Nick Vincent who was hurt in Saturday night’s game on the ten day disabled list. They brought up Chris Herrmann from Tacoma along with pitcher Dan Altavilla. To make room for Herrmann on the roster they designated Taylor Motter for assignment. If Motter isn’t claimed on waivers than he will stay on the Tacoma’s roster. Also backup catcher David Freitas was optioned to Tacoma. The Mariners will have to make another move tomorrow when Span arrives. Most likely outfielder John Andreoli will be sent back to Tacoma. Dee Gordon says that he will probably be ready to go on Thursday so the Mariners will have to make another move then. We all hope that Vincent will be ready to go when the ten days are up on the disabled list. More news will come for sure however right now the Mariners have a record of 32-20 which looks pretty good to me and better than what we expected. Go M’s.