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.

Washington National Pick Up Hunter Strickland and Elias From the Mariners

The Mariners made two trades today with less than an hour remaining in the trading deadline. Hunter Strickland expected to be the Mariners closer this year, however, was on the injured list until last week was traded to the Washington Nationals for a Double-A reliever. Jerry Dipoto traded Roenis Elias to the Nationals as well. They picked up two more relievers as well.

The Nationals feel to make the playoffs they need bullpen help. 
The Mariners will have to bring up a couple of relievers to take over the spots of Strickland and Elias. They could promote a starter, and move LeBlanc or Milone to the bullpen. 

We will have to see whether Mike Leake and or Domingo Leake will go as well. Stay tuned. 

Mariners Sweep Tigers

It is never easy for a team to sweep another in four games no matter how much better or worse of a team you or they are. We know the Mariners have been struggling after getting off to a 13-2 record but the Tigers have the worst record in the major leagues. This series helped the Mariners for sure. We hope this gives them confidence going on the road to Texas and Houston for five games.

The game for a long time didn’t look like the Mariners would win although the Tigers weren’t accomplishing much themselves. The Tigers scored first having a home run off of Tommy Milone in the fourth inning.  Milone came in the game in the third inning after Matt Wisler went the first two innings. Wisler had a good time being the opener going two innings without giving up a hit or a walk while striking out two.

Milone gave up one other run in the fifth inning. He went five innings all together giving up six hits along with the two runs, one walk and five strikeouts.

The Mariners had a hard time getting anything done on the Detroit Tiger starter and Mercer Island’s own Matthew Boyd. The Mariners finally were able to score a run on him after a hit by Tim Beckham and a double by Kyle Seager to make the score 2-1 Tigers. Boyd walked three batters in six and one-thirds innings; however, he struck out ten Mariners.

Hunter Strickland made his first appearance out of the Mariners’ bullpen since he went on the injured list on March 30. He gave up no runs or hits throwing nine pitches in his one inning in the eighth inning.

Strickland was followed by Anthony Bass and Roenis Elias who neither gave up a run.

Domingo Santana hit a solo home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to tie the game. The game went into extra innings. Dylan Moore entered the game late replacing Kristopher Negron after he was pinch-hit by Omar Narvaez.  Moore hit a double then JP Crawford hit a ball dropping in between the Tigers’ center fielder, right fielder, and second baseman. Moore scored all the way from second after having to wait to see whether the ball would drop. Actually, he didn’t wait but he did feel the ball would go down for a hit. So Crawford went away with a walk-off single. It was the second walk-off hit in the series.

The news came out after the game Kristopher Negron had been traded. He was excited and the Mariner players gave him hugs to give him a sendoff. At the time Negron didn’t say where he was going. It wasn’t until later when the news came down.

The Mariners had to make a move since they had acquired outfielder Keon Broxton on waivers from the Baltimore on Saturday. The Mariners made the trade of Negron to the Los Angeles Dodgers officially in late Sunday night. The Mariners received minor league infielder Daniel Castro from the Dodgers. He will be reporting to Tacoma. This was a good deal for Negron going to the Dodgers who are likely to make the playoffs. Playing in the national league will give him additional time on the field. The Dodgers often use utility players. We wish Negron the very best.

We should expect Broxton will be activated before Tuesday’s game in Arlington, Texas.  Mike Leake is scheduled to start Tuesday’s game against the Rangers in Arlington. The question will he actually make the start or be traded beforehand or be traded after the start or not be traded at all. Stay tuned for the next three days to see what may happen before the deadline.  We expect Dipoto should make another move before the trading deadline on Wednesday; however, he did say last week something may not happen either depending on what happens in any talks. Go M’s.

Mariners Look To Sweep Tigers

The Seattle Mariners beat the Detroit Tigers Saturday afternoon 8-1. Marco Gonzales continues pitching well for the second month in a row. He went seven innings giving up six hits, one run, no walks and striking out eight.  Gonzales now has a record of 12-8. He is now one win away from his total of last year.

The Tigers scored first getting their only run of the game in the third inning. The Mariners got at least one hit from every player who started except Domingo Santana.

The Mariners scored three runs in the fourth inning to take the lead for good. Ryan Court making his first start in the major leagues playing the first time in right field had a single to drive in a run in the fourth inning. Later he hit a double in the seventh inning driving in two of the four runs.

Court and Austin Nola carry a big stick since being promoted to Seattle were the big heroes. Nola had two hits in the game driving in three runs as well. So these two players who didn’t start the season in Seattle or had any plans to be in a Mariner uniform playing their first times in the majors leagues counted for six of the Mariners eight runs.

While Court made his major league debut he was playing the first time in his life in right field in place of Domingo Santana. Having missed a couple games because of a poor shoulder Santana took his spot at designated hitter.

Catcher Omar Narvaez continued his hot hitting having four hits on Saturday scoring two runs though he didn’t drive in a run. Also, Tim Beckham another good day having three hits driving in a run. He made an outstand catch and throw in the 9th inning. He caught the ball while running then throwing the ball to Court at first base to make a double. Court moved from right field to first base in the 9th inning.

It was a fun game for sure to watch. Oh yes can’t forget this game was the first where neither team hit a home run in a Mariner game this season. They had the record which now ends at 107 games. Though it would have been nice to keep the streak alive the game in itself was exciting to watch.

News came during the game the Mariners acquired outfielder Keon Broxton off waivers from the Baltimore Orioles. Broxton is known for his defense more than his offense. He was hitting .204 with four home runs for the Orioles after he was acquired from the New York Mets on May 22.

This is now the fourth team Broxton has played for in the major leagues. He began his career with the Pittsburgh Pirates than traded to the Milwaukee Brewers. He only played a handful of games for the Pirates and he played for the Brewers three seasons before being traded to the Mets during this last off-season.  He did show some power in 2017 where he hit 20 home runs but not much of anything else since.

Broxton is many known for his defense playing in center field. A major reason the Mariners picked him up though they believe can help him turn his hitting around too. We will see wouldn’t we? Picking him up on waivers means the Mariners don’t have much to lose especially this season.

The Mariners still haven’t made a move on the trading front as of yet. Jerry Dipoto has four days remaining to make a trade of one of their players who might be able to bring back a prospect in return. The two likely players are pitcher Mike Leake and utility player Tim Beckham. They are both doing well right now so getting a decent prospect in return could happen. The Mariners don’t really have any one else to trade at this time with much value unless they decide to trade Marco Gonzales, however, he is considered part of the Mariners future. In his case, the Mariners would have to get a good prospect in return to do so.

The Mariners are expected to go with an opener once again on Sunday with Tommy Milone expected to come in either the second or third inning. The Mariners haven’t announced as of yet who the opener will be.

Having beaten the Tigers three of the games so far going with an opener again is a good idea continue to see how it works out.  The Mariners will head to Arlington Texas to take on the Texas Rangers then onto to Houston over next weekend to face the Astros. The Mariners do have Monday and Thursday off. So the players continue to have a lot of rest days since the all-star break. Besides having August 1st off the Mariners have four other off-days in August. Three of the four days will take place in the first half of the month. In September the Mariners will have one day off per week. The season ends for them on September 29th at home against the Oakland A’s. Go M’s.