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. 

Let you know I am not getting many readers at this site so can view Mariner action at another of my blogs check I will continue writing here a couple days a week. Most likely about different Mariner players and their stories. Thanks.

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.

Mariners Now 4-1

The Seattle Mariners got off to another good start Saturday night however almost blew once again. This time three errors by Dylan Moore utility player played third base with two outs allowed three runs to score but the Mariners survived any way winning 6-5.

The big play of the game was Jay Bruce when he hit a three-run homer to right center to give a 6-2 lead in the fifth inning. Ryon Healy hit a couple doubles in the game which allowed the Mariners to score one of the three runs early. Dee Gordon with the infield drawn in hit a single over the head of the third baseman to drive in another run too. Edwin Encarnacion had a couple hits scoring a run so this could be a start to getting on a good hitting streak. 

So far Daniel Vogelbach has had only a couple plate appearances so wonder at this point what the Mariners are planning to do with him. Wanting to play Bruce and Encarnacion regularly doesn’t leave much space for Vogelbach. Saturday night they had Healy at first base while Bruce was out in right field with Haniger in center field giving Mallex Smith the night off. Sunday afternoon the Red Sox will have right-hander Rick Porcello starting for them so this will be the chance to start Vogelbach at first base or DH. 

With the Saturday night win, this leaves the Mariners splitting the series with the Red Sox at the worst or taking 3 out of 4 before facing the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night when Felix starts his first game of the season.

The Mariners will have Wade LeBlanc starting Sunday against Porcello.  Mike Leake went six innings giving up seven hits, two runs, two walks and striking out seven to record the win in his first outing of the season. Like to see LeBlanc go the same as well.

Tom Murphy backup catcher the Mariners acquired on Friday from the San Francisco Giants made his first start of the season on Saturday night. He got his first hit of the season along with walking twice. It looks like he will be starting against lefties since he is a right-handed hitter while Omar Narvaez is a left-handed hitter. It may depend on who the Mariners are facing as well.    

After surrendering the home run costing the Mariners game Friday night Hunter Strickland was placed on the injured list for ten days. The Mariners recalled Dave McKay from Tacoma to take his spot. Right now it looks like the Mariners will be doing the bullpen by committee until Strickland comes back unless someone takes it to be their own.  Keep you up to date on any other news. Go M’s.

Home Opener With Power

The Mariners home opener started out like it could be a long night for the home team but it didn’t take long for things to change around. The Red Sox scored a run in both the first and second inning. Chris Sale looked like he would go along fine by the look of his pitching in the first inning, however, things changed in the second inning. 

Shortstop Tim Beckham who did well over in Japan in the first two games decided he would write a different story getting a home run off of Sale in the second inning. In fact, he hit two home runs off of Sale. The second inning homer was a solo shot then he hit another with Ryon Healy on base. Sale was only able to last three innings giving up seven runs in total. Domingo Santana getting off on a good start after having a very good spring training as well hit in a double in the third inning driving in two runs with the bases loaded. Mitch Haniger almost scored a third run but was called out at home plate on a close play. Both Healy and Santana had home runs later well as Edwin Encarnacion. The Mariners in total had five home runs in the game with the final score being 12-4.

Marco Gonzales making his second start of the young season in the opener struggled early but able to straighten himself lasted 5 and 1/3 innings giving up 4 runs with 3 earned for his second victory already on the season. He was relieved by Roenis Elias who finished off the sixth inning. He gave up one hit in the inning but no runs. 

Cory Gearrin went one inning in the seventh giving up no hits and striking out a batter in his second appearance on the season. Brandon Brennan the Mariners picked up in the rule 5 draft during the off-season pitched the final two innings giving up just one hit while striking out two batters.

Yusei Kikuchi will make his first appearance in Seattle starting Friday night for the Mariners. This will be his second start of the season after pitching the second game in his homeland Japan last Thursday. The Red Sox have never seen Kikuchi so it will be interesting to see how they do against him. 

The Red Sox will have Nathan Eovaldi going for them in the second game. He started 11 games last year for the Red Sox with a record of 3-3 and ERA of 3.33. This will be his first start of the season. We hope the Mariners can give him the same welcome they did to Chris Sale. Go M’s.