Mariners Win Final Game Of Season

It was nice to see the Mariners season ended on a good note by beating the Oakland A’s 3-1. It would have been nice to get the same score Saturday night but we can’t have everything.

I recorded the game so whenever I need a baseball fix during the off-season I will watch some or all of this game.

Kyle Seager hit a home run in the first inning with a runner on base to make it 2-0. A good way for Kyle to end of his season so he can have positive attitude during the off-season; I am sure he will be around next season in part because of his contract and the other to help out the youngsters on the team.

I am not sure whether Dee Gordon will be around next season. He may be one of the few in the starting lineup in this final game who may not be in the lineup when next season starts.

It was nice to see Kyle Lewis getting two hits in the game including a double to send him off in a positive way as well. It will be nice if he is in the starting lineup somewhere in the outfield next year.  The Mariners might trade Mallex Smith during the off-season. He didn’t have a very good season this year especially on defense. I expect if he is on the team he will be in left field.

I will comment more about the roster in the days, weeks, and months ahead before training camp begins in February.

Justin Dunn though was the starter in the final game going two innings striking out three. He seems to get more comfortable in each start. We will see whether he will be in the rotation when next season starts.

The Mariners went the rest of the game with relievers. They used six relievers in the game. All six of them have a chance to be on the opening day roster.

Though the Mariners only one 68 games on the season at least they gave hope for next season. I will do how the players did over the season and what looks ahead. I hope you have a good off-season and be back in February 2020. Go M’s.

No Offense In Felix Final Game

The Seattle Mariners lost to the Oakland A’s Thursday night 3-1. Felix Hernandez went five and one-third innings giving up the three runs.

It was like so many games Felix pitched where the offense decided not to show up for the game. I predicted the home run by Matt Chapman in the second inning right after Marcus Semien walked on a swing I believed should have been strike three. It has happen many a time a batter was called out on a swing like that.

In the bottom of the 5th inning though Dylan Moore made a spectacular catch with the bases loaded to end the inning. Felix had thrown already one hundred pitches so it was fitting Servais came out in the sixth inning to take Felix out of the game after the first out.

The Mariners only run came in the 5th inning when Kyle Seager had a single then came home on an Austin Nola double. The rest of the night it felt like the players were just like the fans there to see the final chapter of Felix Hernandez. There was no energy at all from the hitters.

It was fitting two of the four hits the Mariners had on the night were from Kyle Seager who will probably be the only remaining Mariner next season when Jerry Dipoto and Scott Servais came in. The one other hit besides Seager’s two, Nola’s double was a single by Domingo Santana.

I do hope the Mariners offense does come alive for the final three games on the season. Justus Sheffield starts Friday night followed by Marco Gonzales on Saturday, and Justin Dunn will start the final game of the season Sunday afternoon. Go M’s.

Six Games Remaining

The Seattle Mariners final six games on the 2019 begin on Tuesday. The Mariners take on the Houston Astros who have won all but one game. I am sure it tells us something about the rebuilding.

The two remaining games against the Astros the Mariners will be playing some of those playing a significant part in the future of the team. We will see Shed Long, Kyle Lewis, JP Crawford, Justin Dun and Justus Sheffield the core group.

Other players possibly being in the mix who were not expected to be in the rebuild in Austin Nola, and Tim Lopes with other pieces like Donnie Walton, Dylan Moore, Dan Vogelbach, Braden Bishop along with relievers Zach Grotz, Taylor Guilbeau, Erik Swanson, and Art Warren.

Other players who will be around possibly just another year or two in catchers Omar Narvaez, Tom Murphy, Kyle Seager and Domingo Santana. I didn’t mention Jake Fraley because he is out the rest of the season.

Over the weeks ahead we will have to see what moves general manager Jerry Dipoto will make to improve the Mariners for the coming season.  

The Mariner final games will be against the Oakland A’s. The other team besides the Astros the Mariners is hoping to leap frog in two or three years.  Go M’s.  

Mariners Couldn’t Do It

For two-thirds of Thursday night’s game, it looked like the Mariners were going to win and sweep the Reds; however, things fell apart for the bullpen.

The Cincinnati Reds did score two runs in the first inning off of rookie Justin Dunn making his first start in the major leagues. Dunn had struggles with his control walking five batters. He and the Mariners were fortunate only giving up the two runs because he didn’t yield a hit at all.

Dunn last two-thirds of an inning when Zac Grotz came in to relieve him. He finished off the first inning well as pitching the second.  Tommy Milone came in the third inning and went four and two-thirds innings.

The Mariners tied the game in the second inning when Dylan Moore hit a two-run homer then took the lead in the third inning when Omar Narvaez hit a two-run homer as well.

Rookie Kyle Lewis continued his hot hitting in his third game. He had a double in the second, a single in the third and his third homer in three games in the fifth inning. He is making it look easy in the major leagues so far. I am sure the Reds are glad they won’t have to face him again for a while. After his homer, the Mariners were leading 5-2.

Things looked fine until the seventh inning. Tommy Milone who came in the third inning started having trouble. He was able to get two outs before Dan Altavilla came in. The Reds scored five runs in the seventh inning including a grand slam off of Altavilla. The Reds lead 7-5 at the end of the seventh.

The eighth inning wasn’t any better when reliever Matt Wisler gave up two home runs each with a runner on base. This gave the Reds an 11-5 lead making it hard for the Mariners to come back which they didn’t. It was the final score.

Art Warren came in to finish off the eighth inning getting the final out after surrendering a hit and a walk. Erik Swanson pitched the 9th inning without a scratch while striking out two.

The Mariners start a three-game series Friday night against the Chicago White Sox at T-Mobile Park. Yusei Kikuchi will start Friday night followed by Felix Hernandez on Saturday and Justus Sheffield on Sunday.

The Mariners are expected to see JP Crawford back at shortstop on Friday night. We may see Domingo Santana in the series as well. Not sure whether he will be at designated hitter in this series or pinch-hit.

The White Sox are similar to the Cincinnati Reds having trouble winning on the road while doing well at home. It will be nice if the Mariners can take at least two of the games against Chicago as well. Go M’s.

Another Sweep At the Hands of the Astros

The Seattle Mariners can’t beat the Houston Astros losing on Sunday 21-1. This was the second sweep this season in Houston. The Mariners have only beaten Houston once all year and have lost like 15 times.  Felix Hernandez lasted two innings plus giving up 11 runs. The bullpen obviously didn’t do much better. The Mariners only run came on a home run by Shed Long which happened to be the only hit they mustered for the day. I wonder if they should start Felix again. Maybe wait until the final game of the season?

The Arkansas Travelers the Mariners double-A team lost in the playoffs in the final game of the series 5-1 on Sunday to Tulsa so their season is over. The Mariners will likely promote right-handed starter Justin Dunn and outfielder Kyle Lewis for sure. May here about a couple of players being brought up too. 

The Mariners have 18 games remaining on the schedule. They play the Cincinnati Reds and the Chicago White Sox this week beginning on Tuesday. They do have a good chance of winning all or most of these games. So come out and see these games as the season is coming to a close. Go M’s. 

Mariners Fail In Chicago

The Seattle Mariners lost for the second time in Chicago against the Cubs Tuesday night 6-1. The good news the Mariners don’t play Wednesday; however, the bad news they go to Houston to play four games against the Astros.

We could say Felix Hernandez didn’t get any run support but he only pitched three innings because he had trouble with walking batters. He walked four batters while striking out five. Servais must have figured throwing 70 pitches was enough. When Felix left the game the Mariners were down 2-0.

Wade LeBlanc came in the fourth inning for the Mariners but lasted only two innings. He gave up a home run with two runners on base to right-fielder Nicholas Castellanos in the fifth inning. If his name sounds familiar the Cubs picked him up at the trading deadline from the Detroit Tigers. He has hurt other teams since coming over to Chicago. The home run against the Mariners was his 12th since coming over to the Cubs.

The Mariners offense didn’t help matters though they were facing Jon Lester; however, he does have an ERA over four runs a game. He has given up 23 home runs on the season but the Mariners were not able to get one off of him.

The Mariners single run was on a hit by Daniel Vogelbach pinch hitting in the pitcher’s spot to drive in Dee Gordon. The Mariners had nine hits in the game but were not able to bring in any other runners.

The rest of September and the season is to see what players will play to deserve to return next season.

The Mariners brought up infielder Shed Long and reliever Zach Grotz from Tacoma with the season done for them. They both got into the game with Long pinch hitting for Austin Nola late in the game while Grotz pitched the eighth inning. He gave up no runs, no hits, and struck out a batter. This was his second time up. He pitched most of the season in double-A Arkansas.

Speaking of Arkansas they start the playoffs Wednesday night. The first game will be televised on Roots Sports at 5 pm pacific time. When their season is over the Mariners will promote at least a couple of their players. Justin Dunn for sure we will see starting for the Mariner and outfielder Kyle Lewis.

Enjoy watching September baseball even though we might not get a lot of wins in the process. Go M’s.

Mariners Split Series With Rangers

The Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers on Thursday but followed by losing on Friday and Saturday; however, Sunday they beat the Rangers 11-3. The Mariners now go to Chicago take on the Cubs for two games before going back to Texas to take on the Astros in Houston for four games the returning home next week.

Yusei Kikuchi had a poor outing his last time; however, he went five innings Sunday going five innings giving up three runs. He gave up a run in the first and two in the third.

The Mariners got off to a fast start scoring four runs in the first inning. The Rangers scored a run in the bottom of the first. The Mariners scored two more runs in the third inning on two solo home runs by Tom Murphy and Daniel Vogelbach.

The Rangers scored two runs in the third inning making it 6-3. The Mariners pitching gave up no more runs covering six innings. The Mariners scored a run in the fifth inning then Kyle Seager blew the game open hitting a three-run homer to the upper deck to put the game out of reach. The Mariners scored one last run in the 9th inning.

Dan Altavilla, Austin Adams, and Brandon Brennan came off the injured list to pitch an inning of shutout ball along with Sam Tuivailala between Adams and Brennan. Braden Bishop coming off the injured list started in centerfield. The Mariners recalled Ryan Court from Tacoma.

Justus Sheffield and Felix Hernandez will start the two games against the Cubs. Go M’s.