Mariners Win Two At Home Against Blue Jays

Sunday the Seattle Mariners beat the Toronto Blue Jays at T-Mobile Park 3-1. Marco Gonzales had a good day going seven innings giving up only three hits along with the one run. He did walk two batters however struck out five on 99 pitches. His lone run came in the sixth inning when the Mariners were leading 2-0 going into it.

The Mariners scored in the third inning on a solo home run by Dylan Moore his sixth of the season. They scored another run in the fourth inning and the final run in the seventh inning.

In all the Mariners had four hits in the game scoring three runs on them was a good sign. Besides Moore’s home run Kyle Seager hit a double to drive in a run and Omar Narvaez had a sacrifice fly. JP Crawford and Austin Nola had the other two hits in which led to Mariner scores.

The win was Marco Gonzales 14th of the season surpassing his 13 wins of last year. Matt Magill had the save his fourth since taking the closer role and the second in the series against the Jays. The Mariners now have won four series in a row all 2-1 series.

The Mariners now take on the New Yankees Monday night thru Wednesday afternoon. They will then go on the road to Texas facing the Rangers for four games followed by two against the Cubs in Wrigley Field then back to Texas four games against the Houston Astros. Hopefully, they will do better this time as they were swept in Houston at the beginning of August in three games which included a no-hitter.

The Mariners will start with an opener on Monday against the Yankees followed by Yusei Kikuchi on Tuesday after missing his last start in the rotation. In his last game he went the distance throwing a shutout. It wouldn’t be an easy task against the Yankees.

Justus Sheffield will make his second start after being promoted from Arkansas. He will be facing ex-Mariners James Paxton who he was traded for on the off-season on Wednesday afternoon. For the Mariners to take another series at home they will need to keep the Yankees from hitting home runs which isn’t an easy task.

Felix Hernandez is expected to make another start on Thursday in the first game in Texas.

The Mariners top draft picks in 2017 and 2018 Evan White and Logan Gilbert continue to perform well at double-A Arkansas. White has had multiple-hits in his last three games along with playing fantastic defense at first base. Also he has shown more power at the plate this year with 16 home runs.

Gilbert continues well going up levels in the Mariner farm system for his first season in professional ball. Arkansas is his third stop after starting at low-level A West Virginia followed by high-level A Modesto.  He has an ERA of 2.17 with Arkansas in eight starts. The way he is pitching he should find his way into the Mariners starting rotation sometime in 2020.

So as the Mariners close out this series against the Yankees we hope for continued success this month and in September when we should see some of the Mariner prospects in uniform. Go M’s.

Wild Pitch Ends Mariners Sweep the Rays

Wednesday game against the Tampa Bay Rays was one of those games where we weren’t sure who wanted to win the game.

The Mariners had the opportunity to win the game well as sweep the series against the Rays. The Rays scored a run in the first inning when leadoff hitter Tommy Pham walked stole second and third then scored on a sacrifice fly.

The Rays scored another run in the third inning when one of my favorite ex-Mariners Guillermo Heredia hit a home run off of Wade LeBlanc making the score 2-0. The Mariners scored three runs in the top of the fourth for a lead that didn’t last long. The big hit was by left fielder Tim Lopes. The Rays scored two runs in the bottom of the fourth giving them the lead back to 4-3. The Rays scored another run in the sixth inning to take 5-3 which stood until the ninth inning.

In the 9th inning Daniel Vogelbach hit a home run to get the game closer being down 5-4. With Jake Fraley making his major league debut being on third base and Dee Gordon on second after stealing the base Mallex Smith hit a triple to bring them both home to take the lead back 6-5. There was one out with Smith at third; however, the Mariners were not able to bring him in.

The Mariners brought in Matt Magill to save the game; however, he gave up a leadoff home run to tie the game. The Rays were able to load the bases without anyone out. It didn’t look good for the Mariners. They came back a couple times to go for victory but Magill threw a wild pitch catcher Omar Narvaez wasn’t able to handle so the game ended with the Rays winning 7-6. Not a pretty sight at all.

At least the Mariners were able to go 6-3 on this road trip taking two out of three from the Detroit Tigers, the Toronto Blue Jays and the Rays. The Mariners now come home to face the Blue Jays over the weekend starting Friday night. As we know T-Mobile Park will be filled with some if not many Blue Jay fans coming down from Canada. We hope the Mariners can make it an uneventful weekend for the team from the North.

The Mariners will have Justus Sheffield brought up from Double-A Arkansas to start on Friday followed by the return of Felix Hernandez on Saturday and Marco Gonzales on Sunday.

Soon we will be seeing some other players coming up from the minor leagues. We will see pitcher Justin Dunn up from Double-A Arkansas at some point probably when they complete their season and play in the league playoffs.

Oh can’t forget Kyle Seager’s hitting streak ended though he did score a run and drive one in as well. Also, Austin Nola didn’t have a hit and Tommy Murphy didn’t play. We shouldn’t have been surprised the Mariners would lost the game.

Kikuchi Shutout Helps Mariners Take Two In Toronto

In one of the best outings on the season by a Mariners pitcher happened on Sunday in Toronto when Yusei Kikuchi shut out the Blue Jay 7-0.

Kikuchi went the whole way for the Mariners giving up only two hits, walked one, and struck out eight. His best outing since he came to Seattle from Japan.  This shows what he is capable of the Mariners will have success with Kikuchi on the mound.

This was an added sight since the Mariners used seven relief pitchers on Saturday in the win over Toronto 4-3. The Mariners decided to go with all relievers in the game since this was the first time needing a fifth starter since Mike Leake was traded on the last day of the trading deadline.

Depending on how many relief pitchers they need to use in the next few days they may use a group of relievers once again or bring a pitcher like Justus Sheffield from double-A Arkansas or use Felix Hernandez if he is ready to go after doing rehab assignment. They have a day off on Thursday when the Mariners return home to play the Blue Jays so they may not need to use the fifth starter once again until facing the New York Yankees at home.

The Mariners had four home runs in the game. Kyle Seager continues his hot hitting getting another home run on Sunday in the second inning. Tom Murphy had a home run in the fourth inning helping the Mariners score four runs. Also, Austin Nola had a home run before Murphy in the same inning. Centerfielder Broxton had a home run in the seventh inning.

The Mariners had an interesting line up. Tim Lopes led off once again playing in left field. Dee Gordon batted second playing shortstop in place of JP Crawford.  Domingo Santana was back in the lineup at dh. He didn’t get a hit in the game though.

Marco Gonzales is expected to pitch Monday in Tampa. He may be followed by an opener on Tuesday and Wednesday. The Mariners are currently 4-2 on this road trip. Go M’s.

Mariners Win Series In Detroit

The Seattle Mariners after splitting the first two games in Detroit beat the Tigers on Thursday afternoon 7-2. This gave the Mariners a 6-1 record over the Tigers for the season.

Matt Wisler continued doing a good job being an opener for the Mariners. He gave up one hit but not any runs in one inning. Tommy Milone who has struggled the last couple months on the mound came in the second inning. He went four innings six hits, two runs, didn’t walk a batter, struck out three and gave up a home run to Miguel Cabrera in the 4th inning.

Cory Gearrin came in the sixth inning for Milone. He did a fine job getting all three outs on six pitches. Sam Tuivailala, Matt Magill, and Anthony Bass each pitched an inning without giving up a run. Good job once again by the bullpen.

Kyle Seager continued his hot having two hits including a double driving in three runs. Mallex Smith had a good game getting three hits, scoring a run and two stolen bases. Austin Nola playing first base had three hits as well. Catcher Omar Narvaez had two hits one being a double too. 

Dylan Moore starting at second base had a home run in the seventh inning. He moved to left field when Dee Gordon entered the game late. Gordon had a double, stole a base and scored a run too. A good game for the two speed guys in Gordon and Smith.

The Mariners promoted Taylor Guilbeau from Tacoma and put Brandon Brennan back on the 10-day injured list for his right shoulder. Brennan left Tuesday’s game against the Tigers after throw just two pitches. He had thrown a lot of pitches in the bullpen before coming to the mound. Guilbeau is a lefty acquired from Washington Nationals at the training deadline.

The Mariners promoted #2 prospect 18-year old Julio Rodriguez outfielder from low level A West Virginia to high-level A Modesto. This is Rodriguez first professional ball in the United States.  The Mariners want to see him play some ball in the Arizona Fall League too.

The Mariners don’t know yet who will start Friday or Saturday in Toronto against the Blue Jays. Sunday Yusei Kikuchi is expected to start though. The Mariners could go with an opener and use the bullpen the rest of the way on Friday and or Saturday. They could bring up Justus Sheffield from double-A Arkansas as well. Go M’s.

Mariners Swept Again This Time By the Rays

The Seattle Mariners had another rough game at home being shut out on Sunday 1-0, and being swept at the same time.

The Mariners started Sam Tuivailala as the opener for an inning before bringing on Wade LeBlanc.  Thought Yusei Kikuchi would start the game, however, the Mariners moved him back to Tuesday in Detroit against the Tigers after they have a day off.

LeBlanc pitched outstanding going six innings giving up five hits, but gave up a home run to second baseman Eric Sogard in the fourth inning. Sogard is hitting well on the season having a batting average of .307 for the Rays. It was his 13 home run on the season too. This is a high for his career as well.

Eric Sogard the Rays acquired from the Toronto Blue Jays just before the trading deadline. He actually started the season in triple-A at Buffalo the Rays farm team. He came up in the middle of April. He has played ten games for the Rays.

Ryan Yarbrough almost went the distance for the Rays going eight and two-thirds innings before being lifted for Emilio Pagan. As you can understand Yarbrough was not happy for being lifted with two outs in the 9th. He had a chance for a shutout well as a complete game. He is a former Mariner farmhand while Pagan pitched for the Mariners.

The Mariners right now are 1-7 in the month of August. The only win was the second game against the San Diego Padres on Wednesday. I wonder the Mariners offense having trouble because they have had three off-days in August already.

The Mariners have Monday off as well on Monday before playing taking on the Detroit Tigers for three games before going on to Toronto for three games followed by three in Tampa Bay Rays. The Mariners will have their last off-day in August on the 22nd before facing the Blue Jays in Seattle and the New York Yankees too.

The Seattle Mariners say Felix Hernandez will make another rehab assignment in Everett. The date has not been made as of yet. Mitch Haniger and Braden Bishop will be headed this week to do a rehab assignment at high-level A Modesto. How many games they both will play hasn’t been determined but both guys have been out for a while. They may end their rehab assignment with Tacoma though.

We hope the Mariners can win some games in Detroit since they did sweep the Tigers in Seattle in their previous home stand. The importance is the Mariners can win some games while seeing improvement in their players the rest of the way.  Go M’s.

Astros Sweep Mariners Over The Weekend

Most of us I am sure are not surprised the Seattle Mariners were swept by the Houston Astros this weekend in a three-game series.

Friday night the Astros took down the Mariners 10-2. Yusei Kikuchi was only able to go four innings for the Mariners where he gave up four home runs while the Astros scored six runs.

On Saturday Aaron Sanchez acquired by the Astros at the trading deadline on Wednesday started his first game for the Astros. He and three relievers threw a no-hitter against the Mariners with the final score 9-0.

Marco Gonzales went five innings on Saturday for the Mariners giving up four runs. Three of the four runs happened in the first inning so not a good start.  Recently acquired Matt Wisler gave up two runs relieving Gonzales for an inning; however, both the runs were unearned. Gerson Bautista who was recalled from Tacoma on July 31 when Roenis Elias, Hunter Strickland, and Mike Leake were traded gave up three runs when finishing off the game.

On Sunday the Astros beat the Mariners 3-1. Sam Tuivailala was the opener. He was recorded going one inning; however, he walked two batters in the second so Tommy Milone expected to relieve Tuivailala came in with no outs was able to get the Mariners out of it without giving up a run.

Milone was able to go five innings, giving up four hits, two runs, one walk and struck out seven. Against most teams Milone may have gone away with a victory. The Astros scored a third run in the seventh inning on a single followed by a steal, wild pitch, and a sacrifice fly off of Matt Magill. Anthony Bass who has pitched well as of late for the Mariners pitched the eighth inning giving up no runs, no hits, and struck out a batter.

The Mariners recorded their lone run in the seventh inning when Kyle Seager hit a home run off of Justin Verlander. The Mariners had four hits total in the game. Seager had another hit in the game while JP Crawford had a single, and Dylan Moore hit a triple. Verlander went six innings plus. He left the game with no outs in the seventh inning. He gave up three hits including the Seager home run while walking two, and striking out ten.

The Mariners now come home for two against the San Diego Padres followed by three over the weekend against the Tampa Bay Rays. A series you want to come see since the Mariners will be honoring Hall of Famer Edgar Martinez.

There is no announcement who will start for the Mariners on Tuesday against the Padres though we will probably see Wade LeBlanc enter the game in the second or third inning. Wednesday Kikuchi will start hoping to rebound after his poor start against the Astros on Friday.

The Houston Astros now have a record of 73-40 while the Mariners are at 47-67. Say the Mariners win half of the 48 games remaining on the schedule they will end with less wins than the Astros do now.

Right now it doesn’t look as though the Mariners will even win half of their remaining 48 games on the schedule so they will probably have less than 70 wins on the season. This season isn’t important it is what the Mariner players can build on for next season and the year or two after that when they hope to be making the playoffs. Go M’s.

Mariners Win Streak Ends, Make Deals too

The Seattle Mariners had another interesting end to the trading deadline. With less than two hours left the Mariners were able to strike three deals while the players still around had to play a game four hours later.

Roenis Elias and Hunter Strickland were the first two to go in deals separate to the Washington Nationals. The Mariners picked up two minor league pitchers for Elias while one for Strickland. I expect the deal for Strickland was a surprised to many Mariner fans. Actually Jerry Dipoto might have been surprised the Nationals asked for him since came off the injured list last week. Since the Mariners are not going anywhere the rest of the season having no closer is fine. I am sure the other relievers will pick up the slack.

Mike Leake no one was sure would be traded, however, when time was running out the Arizona Diamondbacks wanted to have him so they struck a deal where the Mariners received a minor league infielder for him. The Mariners sent cash to the Diamondbacks as well.

The heat and the wind helped the game in Arlington, Texas to be high scoring. Unfortunately the Mariners came out on the short end of the stick at the end losing 9-7.

Wade LeBlanc started for the Mariners. With the three trades happening the Mariners pitching staff was low on pitchers. I am sure the Mariners would have like to have an opener in this game.

LeBlanc was only able to go four and a third innings. Going into the fifth inning the Mariners were leading 5-3, however, LeBlanc gave up three runs before exiting with one out. The big blow was a three-run homer by Willie Calhoun.

The Rangers scored another three runs in the seventh inning to extend the lead to 9-5 off of reliever Matt Magill. Newcomer  Keon Broxton made it interesting hitting a two-run in the eighth inning. The Mariners though were unable to get any more runs to tie up the game or go ahead.

Austin Nola continued his hot hitting having three hits in the game including a home run in the second inning. Also, Kyle Seager extended his hitting streak having a single before Broxton’s home run in the 8th.

The Mariners called up reliever Gerson Batista from Tacoma and promoted reliever Zac Grotz from double-A Arkansas. The Mariners have 24 players at this time on the 25 man roster. The Mariners likely add another reliever in place of Leake at this time.

The Mariners have today (Thursday) off plus next Monday and Thursday off as well. Leake’s spot won’t need to be taken in the rotation until the second-half of August possibly against the Toronto Blue Jays. The Mariners could us Erik Swanson as a starter or bring someone like Justus Sheffield from double-A Arkansas. It is too early to tell at this time. Go M’s.