The Seattle Mariners Monday afternoon won again behind the starting pitching of Marco Gonzales, relievers James Pazos, Alex Colome and Edwin Diaz. Gonzales was able to go six and two-thirds innings before tiring. He gave up four hits, four walks and four strike outs so that he struggled a little bit but still pitched an outstanding game giving up one run that was not earned in a 2-1 victory.
The Rangers scored first in the top of the fourth inning however the Mariners waited later however fortunately not as late in some of the previous games. The Mariners scored their two runs in the sixth inning when Nelson Cruz drove in newcomer Denard Span and then Kyle Seager drove in Mitch Haniger. The Mariners had a chance to score a couple runs in the bottom of the seventh inning when Andrew Romine bunted two runners over to second and third base but they were both stranded. Colome came in and pitched well in the eighth inning after Pazos took care of one batter after replacing Gonzales in the sixth inning with two outs. Colome after giving up a single balked the batter to second base that was somewhat questionable and manager Servais came out to see why. It didn’t seem to faze Colome as he struck out the last batter of the eighth inning. Edwin Diaz came in the ninth inning to do his duty. He did walk a batter so the Rangers used Joey Gallo as a pinch hitter who has fifteen home runs on the season however he pop up to end the threat. So another victory for the Mariners and Diaz with his eighteenth save.
Although the plan was to start Jean Segura in the game the Mariner’s doctor decided to scratch him from the game. He is expected to start Tuesday’s night’s game. The Mariners are hoping that Dee Gordon will be back and activated on Thursday. This should help the Mariners get back to full strength. The Mariners are hoping this means that the Mariners offense will get back on scoring runs hopefully at a clip of over four runs a game. It is nice to see the Mariners pitching especially the starters are going deep enough into games to give them a chance to win. Felix Hernandez takes the mound on Tuesday so I am sure that everyone in Mariner land are hoping that he can get past giving up so many runs in the first inning. His last outing that led to their last loss Felix gave up four runs in the first inning however he did give them a chance getting sixteen out of the last seventeen batters out. Unfortunately it was too much for the offense to overcome. I am sure the Mariners offense will break out soon and Tuesday is the day. Go M’s.