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.