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.