Mariners Split Series With Rangers

The series started out well for the Mariners winning the first two games however the Rangers came back to beat up the Mariners on Saturday night  15-1 then 14-1 on Sunday afternoon.

Not only was the Mariners pitching not good neither was the defense. It continues to a problem all season long. The Mariners had three errors on Saturday and four on Sunday.

Tim Beckham and Mallex Smith continue having problems in the field. Beckham’s problem continues to be his throwing and Smith is his fielding.  Also, Smith continues to have problems at the plate as well as not getting a hit in four at-bats. His batting average is now at .165. Smith because of a shoulder injury missed most of spring training. He didn’t make the trip to Japan so made his first start when the Mariners got back to Seattle facing the Red Sox. The Mariners probably should have left him in extended spring training and a rehab assignment before activating him on the roster.

The Mariners now take on the Chicago Cubs Tuesday and Wednesday then take on the Cleveland Indians for three next weekend in Seattle. Be a good homestand if the Mariners can take three out of five of the games or four out of five. The Mariners hitting and pitching has to get better. Go M’s. 

Mariners Shut Out in San Diego

The Mariners did well beating the Los Angeles Angels taking 3 out of 4 however lost again Wednesday to the San Diego Padres 1-0 making the road trip 3-3. I was hoping the Mariners would be able to split the games in San Diego. The Mariners used to do well when playing inter-league play however last year they were 6-14. They would have made the playoffs last year if the record was reversed or at least having a winning record. Losing the first two to the Padres doesn’t mean it will happen again this year having a bad record in inter-league play but not a good start for sure.

The difference in the game Ian Kinsler hit a home run off of Felix Hernandez in the second inning. It was one of only three hits Felix gave up in seven innings. He struck out eight batters as well. This was his best pitching performance in a long time. I am sure the Mariners are hoping this will continue. 

The Mariners offense is having problems scoring runs when they don’t hit home runs. At least it has only happened in a handful of games. The Mariners need to get Mallex Smith going to be a double threat with Dee Gordon to help score runs when the long ball isn’t happening. They should have found a way to score at least one or two runs against the Padres on Wednesday afternoon.

The two hits the Mariners had in this game were by Domingo Santana and Daniel Vogelbach the two hottest hitters in the lineup as well. Vogelbach’s hit didn’t come until the ninth inning. Each team had one batter walk in the game as well. 

Now the Mariners come home to play six games with four against the Texas Rangers and two against the Chicago Cubs. We hope this time they can take 4 wins out of 6 games. Go M’s. 

Mariners Go For Sweep

The Seattle Mariners are now going for the sweep against the Los Angeles Angels Sunday afternoon after beating them 6-5. The position players wanted the game bad so Yusei Kikuchi could have his first major league win. It wasn’t his best performance but now he is 1-1. 

Kikuchi went five innings giving up four runs on ten hits. The Mariners had for relievers closing out the game. Anthony Swarzak recording his third save of the season gave up a solo home run to Albert Pujols. 

Mitch Haniger led off the game with a home run. The Mariners scored two runs in the first inning having Daniel Vogelbach hitting a home run as well. In the fourth inning, Dee Gordon had the one-thousandth hit of his career. He drove in two runs with the hit.

The Mariners scored their final two runs on home runs by Edwin Encarnacion in the fifth inning and Domingo Santana in the 7th inning to round out the scoring.

Mike Leake will take the mound Sunday afternoon to see the Mariners can sweep the Angels. The Mariners are a full game ahead of the Houston Astros after they lost to the Texas Rangers 9-4 Saturday night. 

The Mariners will have Monday off then play the Padres in San Diego on Tuesday and Wednesday. Erik Swanson and Felix Hernandez are scheduled to pitch in both those games. Go M’s.  

Mariners Are Swept By Cleveland Too

I am sure we have to say it has been a tough six games watching the Mariners after starting off 13-2. On the bright side if they win 13 games in every 21 games they will end up with 91 wins with 4 games remaining. The home run streak ended with the Mariners being shut out 1-0. It was so close because the umpires called Ryon Healy’s hit a home run in the third inning and then it was overturned by replay. Probably a reason I am not a big fan of instant replay. The Mariners seem to get hurt by instant replay more than any other team.

Erik Swanson making his first major league start for the Mariners pitched a fantastic game. He gave up one run on a homer to Jake Bauers in the 5th inning. It was only Bauers second home run of the season. So a bit of tough luck and throwing one bad pitch. In six innings he gave up only two hits while striking out five batters. I would say Swanson is going to win a lot of game if he pitches anywhere like he did on Wednesday afternoon.

The Mariners at the plate in all six games. It didn’t help to go against some pretty good pitchers as well. Carlos Carrasco started for the Indians giving up only three hits and no runs in seven innings. He walked two and struck out 12 batters. A problem the Mariners had in the homestand was striking out so much. Carrasco had started off poorly in his previous starts so he was due since he is a pretty good pitcher. It is too bad he couldn’t wait until his next start instead of against the Mariners.

The Mariners now go to Anaheim to play the Angels for four games before going to San Diego for two. The Angels are 8-10 on the season, however, are 6-1 at home. Hopefully, the Mariners can change that. The Padres are 11-8 but 4-5 at home so we can hope the Mariners can win in San Diego as well. If the Mariners can go 4-2 on the road trip that would be a good sign. Go M’s. 

Astros Sweep Mariners

The Seattle Mariners were able to get a 2-0 lead over the Houston Astros Sunday afternoon including another home run by Mitch Haniger extending the streak to 18 games. Haniger scored both the Mariner runs with Domingo Santana driving him in the third inning. 

Marco Gonzales pitched well going into the sixth inning when he started tiring. He gave up two runs when Michael Brantley hit a single driving in Tony Kemp and Jose Altuve. The Astros were able to load the bases, however, Brandon Brennan coming in was able to get a double play that ended the inning with a tie at 2-2. Unfortunately, he gave up a solo home run in the seventh inning to DH Aledmys Diaz. 

The Astros were able to keep the Mariners from tying or winning the game. There were some questionable strikes called by home umpire Tichnor especially one on Santana that was on strike three. Astros catcher did a good job of picturing the pitch. The ball was high but he brought it down enough Tichnor wasn’t able to see. Pitches to Vogelbach were bad as well. He to struck out to end the game. 

Robert Asuna Astros closer was able to shut down the Mariners in all three games by getting a save in each one. He now has seven saves on the season.

The Mariners now have a three-game series against the Cleveland Indians before going on the road to Anaheim to play the Angels. Hopefully, the Mariners will be able to rebound in the series against Cleveland. The Mariners were in each game but didn’t have the luck to win any of the games.

Other news the Seattle Mariners traded catcher David Freitas to the Milwaukee for minor league pitcher Sal Biasi who is pitching in single-A ball. The Mariners had three catchers on the Tacoma Rainiers roster so they felt it was important to trade one of them. Biasi is 23 years old, he was originally drafted by the Kansas City Royals in the 11th round in 2017 draft out of Penn State. I am sure Jerry Dipoto sees a lot of potential in Biasi.

The Mariners called up Erik Swanson once again this time because Wade LeBlanc went on the disabled list after hurting his oblique on his shoulder Friday night. Hard to know when LeBlanc will return, however, the Mariners hope it will be in ten days.  

Right now don’t know whether Swanson will pitch start in LeBlanc’s spot on Wednesday or not. A lot will depend on how the series goes beforehand against Cleveland. I am sure the Mariners hope Swanson will start but I am sure they will do what is best. Go M’s. 

Mariners Sweep Royals

Most of Thursday afternoon it didn’t look like the Mariners would sweep the Kansas City Royals on the road. In fact, going into the 9th inning the Mariners were behind 6-4. Actually, Mitch Haniger had a 3-2 count with two outs when he hit a triple to bring in the tying runs. When you are off to a great start like the Mariners those things happen. The Mariners broke the record for most home runs in consecutive games to in the sixth inning when Dee Gordon hit his first home run of the season. He was the last Mariner position player to hit a home run.

The Mariners were able not to allow the Royals to score in the bottom of the 9th. In the 10th inning, the red hot Daniel Vogelbach hit a home run to win the game for the Mariners 7 to 6 now giving the Mariners a 13-2 record. I read later the last time the Mariners swept the Royals on the road in a four-game series was no other than 2001. I am sure it is too early to imagine 116 win season but who knows it might happen. 

Mike Leake started the game for the Mariners. He didn’t do as well in this game as he had done in his previous two starts. He went only five innings giving up five hits and four runs. Also, he gave up three home runs that gave the Royals those four runs. 

Erik Swanson making his major league debut after being called up to replace reliever Chasen Bradford who went on the 10-day injured list came in as the second reliever. He gave up the other two run on three hits. They were both earned but some fielding miscues helped along the way as well. I am sure he was hoping for a better outcome however the Mariners still won and that is what counts.

Connor Sadzeck recorded the save pitching the tenth inning. It was his first in a Mariner uniform and the sixth Mariner pitcher to record a save this season so far. 

The Mariners now come home to face the Houston Astros. We are hoping the Mariner magic can continue against the Astros. They will face the Cleveland Indians at home after the Astros as well. 

Friday night Wade LeBlanc will start for the Mariners against former Mariner Wade Miley. Felix Hernandez is expected to pitch on Saturday followed by Marco Gonzales going for his fifth win already on the season. Go M’s. 

Mariners Continue Hitting Away

The Seattle Mariners now have won another series winning the last two games over the Chicago White Sox. The Mariners beat the White Sox Sunday afternoon 12-5 after Saturday’s win 9-2. Hadn’t been for a blown save Friday night the Mariners would have swept the series.
Edwin Encarnacion and Daniel Vogelbach were the two big bats on Sunday.  Encarnacion played first place in place of Jay Bruce giving him a day off and Vogelbach at DH. Encarnacion had a home run in the 4th inning. This was after the Mariners scored six runs in the 3rd inning. He had three hits in the game and drove in four runs.

Vogelbach had a bigger game hitting a double in the 3rd inning than a two-run homer in the fifth and another homer in the ninth inning. The three hits by Vogelbach gave him six runs batted in for the game.  Center fielder Mallex Smith had a couple hits while scoring two runs and Domingo Santana did the same along with driving in a run in as well.

The Mariners caused another starter to leave the game early as Ivan Nova left in the third inning giving up seven runs on seven hits. He left with one out. Three of the White Sox relievers gave up the other five runs. The White Sox used five relievers in all.

Now the Mariners go to Kansas City to play the Royals for four games starting on Monday. Felix Hernandez will be making his second start for the Mariners.

The way Vogelbach is hitting right now we will likely see Jay Bruce play some outfield giving Santana, Haniger, and Smith a day off. I would not be surprised if the Mariners give Bruce two chances in the outfield in the Royals series at least.

Wade LeBlanc recorded his second victory going six innings giving up six hits and two runs. He walked only one batter while striking out six.
Matt Festa came in for LeBlanc in the seventh inning. He didn’t fare so well like he did in his previous outings. Fortunately, the Mariners had the large lead in this one. He gave up three runs on three runs and two walks. He did strike out the last batter to finish the inning. I expect the game being closer he would have been taken out before finishing the inning. I expect Festa will rebound in his next outing.

Chasen Bradford gave up one hit in the eighth inning without giving up a run. Anthony Swarzak made his second time out of the bullpen after coming off the injured list pitched the ninth inning taking the White Sox batters fast and easy.  He threw 12 pitches getting all three batters and striking out one. He looks like someone who will help the Mariner bullpen in a fine way. It will be interesting to see if he ends up pitching again tomorrow in Kansas City. I am sure Servais will look to see if he can go two days in a row.

Tim Beckham had to leave the game early because of his hamstring. Utility player Dylan Moore took his spot. We will have to see if Beckham returns tomorrow or whether Mariners give him a full game off. We will update on Beckham on Monday. 

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Sunday Mariners Win Again

Seattle Mariners took three of four from the Red Sox at T-Mobile Park (previously Safeco Field). The Mariners scored 34 runs in the four games, however, the pitching gave up 24. Usually, when giving up that many runs in a series you won’t win it but the Mariners are the exception to the rule. 

Another thing it would have been nice if they added on as well. Funny thing to say when scoring 34  however many of the runs happened early on in the game. The first five innings for the most part. The Mariners were able to score runs against the Red Sox starters which is a hard thing to do. They didn’t do as well against the relievers. On the other hand, the Mariners bullpen had their struggles along with the defense. 

On Sunday the Mariners won 10-8. All the runs by the Mariners were in the first four innings. They did have more opportunities but didn’t add on. The Red Sox had six of their eight in the first four innings as well. The ninth inning was tough because Cory Gearrin had a hard time getting the ball over the plate and walked three batters. Again it looked like the Mariners may blow another game. Casen Bradford came in for the first time of the season. He did walk a batter too but then was able to get out of the inning without getting any more outs. 

News now looks like Hunter Strickland could be out for two months so one of the guys needs to take over the closing spot. Gearrin was given his opportunity but at this point, he won’t be the one. Maybe Bradford since he got the save. Also, Anthony Swarzak is expected to come off the injured list any day now. He does have some experience having four saves last year for the New York Mets. 

In Sunday’s game, everyone for the Mariners got a hit except for Domingo Santana and Daniel Vogelbach although both walked twice. Vogelbach scored once as well. It was his first start of the season. Omar Narvaez had a three-run homer in the third inning where the Mariners scored seven runs total. Besides Narvaez driving in three runs Dee Gordon did as well.  Jay Bruce had his second homer of the season hitting it in the fourth inning.

Wade LeBlanc recorded the victory as he went five and a third innings giving up seven hits, six runs (four earned), walking three and striking out one. Not one of his better performances. The big blow was a three-run homer off the bat of J.D. Martinez.

Now the Seattle Mariners face the Los Angeles Angels in a two-game series at home. Felix Hernandez will make his first appearance on the season starting for the Mariners on Monday. Marco Gonzales will make his third appearance on Tuesday. The Mariners have Wednesday off then play the White Sox in Chicago on Thursday. They have a rare Friday off then two more games in Chicago than onto Kansas City.  Go M’s.