Milwaukee Brewers Avoid Sweep

The Seattle Mariners had one of their best series on the season; however, they were unable to sweep the Milwaukee Brewers. The Brewers were able to beat the Mariners 4-2 Thursday afternoon. Now the Mariners move on to play the Astros in Houston Friday night.

Mike Leake pitched well for the Mariners except in the fourth inning when he struggled. He gave up a three-run homer to shortstop Orland Arcia batting ninth for the Brewers hit a three-run homer. The Brewers did score a run prior to Arcia’s home run when pitcher Chase Anderson was able to put down a suicide squeeze bunt.  Leake pitched six innings giving up eight hits, walking a batter and striking out five.

The Mariners scored their two runs in the sixth inning when Daniel Vogelbach and Tim Beckham each hit doubles. Vogelbach was able to bring home Domingo Santana and Beckham brought home Vogelbach. It was the second game in a row the Mariners didn’t hit a home run. Vogelbach hit the only home run in the series in the first game.

Kyle Seager missed two games against the Brewers after starting in game one. He hurt his right hand early on in game one. Tim Beckham played in game two and three in Seager’s spot. By the way, Seager injury that kept him out until May was to his left hand. Seager is expected to play in the Houston series though not sure whether he will in game one or not.

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Mariners Take Opener in Milwaukee

The Seattle Mariners are in Milwaukee taking on the Brewers in a three game series before finishing off the week and the month of June in Houston against the Astros. The Mariners didn’t look like the team is in dead last of the American League West while the Brewers are second in the National League central a game behind the Chicago Cubs.

The Brewers scored a run in the first inning. I am thinking not again. For one thing the Mariners hadn’t won a game in interleague play as of yet. The Mariners though scored four runs in the third inning including a two-run mammoth home run off the bat of Daniel Vogelbach. I have to say mammoth is used a lot when it comes to home runs from Vogelbach. It was his 19th of the season leading the Mariners. Also, it was the only home run the Mariners had for the night.

The Mariners had two more runs in the fourth inning followed by another run in the fifth inning making the score 7-1. Marco Gonzales who had been cruising after giving up the lone run in the first inning had trouble in the fifth inning giving up two runs. I thought the Mariners should have taken him out of the game after the second run scored since he had given up four hits as well. I didn’t want him to squander the big lead the Mariners had; however, he was able to get out of it. So the Mariners were leading 7-3.

Corey Gearrin came in the sixth inning replacing Gonzales. He gave up one walk; however, with two outs the Mariners decided to go with Austin Adams who had an outstanding time pitching an inning and a third striking out three. He looked like an animal out there throwing his wicked slider that was really working. He continues pitching this week the Mariners certainly have a good pitcher to bring in the late innings against the other team’s tough middle of the lineup.

The Mariners ended up scoring a final run in the ninth inning when Kyle Seager hit a double the second hit of the game for him. He moved over to third base on a grounder that made it two outs. It looked like he could end at third base with a final out of the inning; however, Tim Beckham who was pinch hitting for the pitcher it a slow grounder to third base that ended at the bag scored Seager.

There was thought that Roenis Elias would pitch the ninth inning but with Seager scoring they decided to go with Matt Festa who ended up getting all three batters including striking out the first two. Final: Seattle 8 Milwaukee 3.

The Mariners haven’t announced their starter for Wednesday night. They will go with an opener followed by Wade LeBlanc. Mike Leake is scheduled to start the final game of the series on Thursday. Although the opener hasn’t done well for the Mariners Wade LeBlanc had done quite well on most occasions coming into the game though he usually has had to with the team already behind. We hope for a different result from the opener on Wednesday night.

News came out that the Mariners had put Tayler Scott on waivers before sending him down to Tacoma. The Baltimore Orioles decided to pick Scott off of waivers. I am not sure why the Mariners would do that except they needed the 40-man roster spot. Although he didn’t do great while in Seattle I thought he had a lot of talent to help the Mariners not only this year but in the future. I would have put a couple of other pitchers ahead of Scott if they needed the spot. I wish the best to him in Baltimore, and I hope he succeeds.  No other news as of Wednesday morning but we all know with Dipoto we could hear about something anytime. Go M’s.

Mariners Take Series Over Orioles

It shouldn’t be a big surprise; however, the Mariners beat the Baltimore Orioles Sunday 13-3. It means the Mariners took three out of four games; the only loss took place Saturday afternoon.

Both the Mariners and the Orioles scored a run in both the first and second innings then the third inning it was all Mariners scoring eight runs to put the game away. The Mariners did something we would like to see more often they hit a lot of singles in the third inning. All the runs happened because of the singles hit except one and that was a sacrifice fly by Omar Narvaez which actually was the first out of the inning.

The Mariners scored two more runs in the fourth inning on a two-run homer by Mac Williamson. Though he hasn’t had a lot of hits they do count well when he does. The Orioles scored their third run in the in the sixth inning and the Mariners tacked on one more in the seventh inning.

Mariners brought up two relievers on Sunday from Tacoma. They both pitched in the game. Matt Carasiti relieved for Kikuchi in the seventh inning striking out three batters. His control was excellent in the game. Something we haven’t seen much from the relievers. The other reliever was Mike Wright who pitched the final two innings. He gave up a hit but struck out two batters as well. He had been scheduled to start Sunday for the Tacoma Rainiers so going to innings not a big deal for him.

The Mariners sent down Gerson Batista to Tacoma. He has a wicked fastball going upper 90s but having control problems. He will be back with the Mariners sometime this season I expect. Also, the Mariners released lefty Jesse Biddle who they had acquired earlier from the Atlanta Braves. He had struggle pitching for the Mariners, and to add Carasiti and Wright to the 40-man roster they had to designate Biddle for assignment.

The Mariners had to transfer Chasen Bradford to the 60-day injured list to make room for the two relievers as well. Bradford is on the 60-day injured list because of a strained right forearm. Right now the Mariners are not sure whether he needs surgery or extensive rehab. We hope things go well for Bradford because he can be a good part of the Mariners’ bullpen.

The Mariners have Monday off before resuming action on Tuesday at Milwaukee against the Brewers. This allows Marco Gonzales who will start Tuesday and the rest of the starting rotation an extra day off. The Mariners will play three games in Milwaukee followed by three more in Houston to finish off June. The Mariners right now are 10-12 for June so they do have a change to break even or have a winning record for the month though not an easy task since the Brewers and Astros are good teams.

The Mariners will start off July at home taking on the St. Louis Cardinals for three games then three more against the Oakland A’s which is followed by the all-star break. The rest of July the Mariners will play mostly division rivals Oakland, Los Angeles and Texas. The only team outside the division will be the Detroit Tigers where the Mariners will play four games them at home near the end of the month. Go M’s.

Mariners Beat Royals in Final Game of Series

Wednesday the Seattle Mariner had their final game of the series and the season against the Kansas City Royals. After frustration in the first two games the Mariners pitching and hitting surfaced.

Marco Gonzales had his third good start in a row winning all three games. This was after losing five games in May and his first start in June. In all three games he has only given up two runs in each game. I would have to say that is a good sign for Marco.

In this game Gonzales went six and two-thirds innings scattering six hits, one walk and striking out five. Another good sign he and the relievers didn’t give a home run in the game.

Speaking of home runs the Mariners started off well with Domingo Santana hitting a three-run homer in the first inning. It was the first of two home runs for him in the game. Daniel Vogelbach followed him with a home run as well. So after the first inning the Mariners were leading 4-0. A very good sign; they often win when scoring in the first inning.

The Mariners had three more runs in the fourth inning and one more in the sixth inning. The Royals had their runs in the third and seventh inning.

The Mariners’ bullpen did a fine job over the final two and one-thirds innings. The three relievers gave up one single and a walk. I feel nervous when the relievers come into the game even with a large lead.

Mallex Smith who has been hitting well lately led off the game with a double. JP Crawford walked before Santana’s home run. Santana was the only Mariner hitter with more than one hit. He had three hits including the two home runs. He drove in five of the Mariners eight runs.

The Mariners had ten hits in the game. Everyone in the starting lineup had a hit except for Dee Gordon; got to give him a break since he has done well as of late.

We just hope this offensive outpour in this game will go into the series against the Baltimore Orioles. The series starts Thursday so it is a four game series. It would be nice if the Mariners could win at least three if not sweep it. The Orioles is one of the worst teams in the majors so the possibility is here.

Wade LeBlanc is scheduled to start for the Mariners on Thursday night; however, the Mariners come go with an opener to start the game and bring LeBlanc in the second inning. Mike Leake is scheduled for Friday. All the starters except Gonzales will pitch in this series.

On the injury front Felix Hernandez MRI showed no additional injury to his shoulder. He will throw several bullpen sessions then go on a rehab assignment with Tacoma when he is ready. Sam Tuivailala who has been out all season and was shut down on previous rehab assignment is expected to pitch Friday at Everett. Hunter Strickland who was expected to come off the injured list initially on Wednesday has to wait now. He is expected to throw lightly on Friday. Not sure when he will return right now.

I am sure everyone is looking to see who and when the next trade by the Mariners will be. With Jerry Dipoto it isn’t a sure thing but something could happen soon or wait until July before the trading deadline. How many will be traded is a good question to. The most likely player is pitcher Mike Leake. Also, Tim Beckham and Dee Gordon could go as well. Not sure on either one of them. Beckham doesn’t have a large salary and might not get much in return. Gordon does have a large salary but the Mariners may want to keep him because of his energy levels. We will have to see. Go M’s.

Mariners Go 5-4 on Road Trip

The Seattle Mariners won 6-3 Sunday to take the series against the Oakland A’s 2-1, while at the same time going 5-4 on the nine game road trip.

While the Mariners were on the road they traded Edwin Encarnacion to the New York Yankees for a prospect and giving the Yankees in cash about half of Encarnacion salary. The Mariners activated JP Crawford off the injured list when arriving in Oakland. The Mariners sent Shed Long back to Tacoma. Also, reliever Brandon Brennan went on the disabled list as well after having another poor outing with shoulder problems. Depending on how he is doing should be back in a week. Matt Festa was recalled in his place.

Mike Leake had another outstanding game going seven innings giving up three runs with two being earned. He is another being rumored to be traded as well as Dee Gordon who played good on Sunday after missing Saturday because of his wrist.

Mallex Smith continues to hit well hitting a two-run homer in the second inning in the win over Oakland Sunday.

Austin Nola made his major debut on Sunday being called up from Tacoma with the trade of Edwin Encarnacion. News came out to that Ryon Healy will miss another three to four weeks so he won’t be traded any time soon. Nola has versatility where he can catch and play the outfield well as first base.

It will be interesting to see who the Mariners will trade next with the departure of Encarnacion. I would put my guess on Tim Beckham. He doesn’t have a large salary so moving him won’t cost as much for the Mariners. It might mean they may not get a very prospect either.

I will keep you up to date not only the games but what is happening off the field too. Go M’s.

Mariners Bullpen Can’t Do It Again

Going into the bottom of the sixth inning the Mariners had a chance to sweep the Minnesota Twins with the game tied at 1-1; however, they had to go to the bullpen which once again cost the Mariners the game. 

Yusei Kikuchi had a rough outing though he only gave up one run and that was to former Mariner Nelson Cruz who hit a home run in the third inning. Kikuchi had runners on base in almost every inning but was able to get out where the Twins couldn’t score. The Mariners relievers couldn’t do the same thing.

The Mariners tied the score in the top of the sixth inning but Brandon Brennan couldn’t hold the Twins at bay. The Twins had runners on first and third without an out. The batter was on a count of 2-2; all Brennan had to do was strike out the batter and get the other runner out on a double play. Even if he couldn’t do that the Twins could have had the runner on third score on a fly out or a ground ball out to second; instead Brennan tried to pick the runner off first but the ball went into the dirt so the runner scored from third and the other advanced. 

Brennan wasn’t able to get a single out and he was replaced by Corey Gearrin who didn’t do much better other than getting one out. When the sixth inning ended the Twins had scored six runs and they were ahead 7-1. Things didn’t get better where the Twins scored three more runs in the seventh inning which included a two-run homer by CJ Cron who has lived off Mariner pitching for years. He is another the Mariners should never pitch too. So that left the score 10-1 going into the eighth inning.

The hope for the Mariners was to see how many runs they could score in the last two innings since the Twins relievers aren’t much better than the Mariners. The Mariners scored two runs both in the eighth and ninth innings. The final was 10-5.

After the game, Brennan said that he had a fatigued and sore shoulder which isn’t really a surprise so he could be going on the ten-day injured list. We will know more sometime on Friday if that is the case. Whether it is an injury or not I would say add Brennan to the injury list. 

The Mariners are expected to reactivate JP Crawford on Friday before playing the Oakland A’s over the weekend. The Mariners have had success playing the A’s in Oakland so hopefully, it will happen again. The Mariners might make a couple moves with Crawford coming back and Brennan to the injured list. 

No news on the trading block but something could happen over the weekend or sometime soon. Just under seven weeks until the trading deadline on July 31. I am sure the Mariners will make at least a couple of transactions over this period. Go M’s. 

Mariners Relieved to Come Home

There wasn’t much positive on this last road trip since the Mariners lost all six games. They will be home for the next eleven games so hopefully, some good signs will come about.

I wouldn’t be surprised if Jerry Dipoto will make some changes to the roster including making at least one trade.  Edwin Encarnacion is the likely one to be traded because the Mariners might be able to get the most for him. It would be good to get a starting pitcher back for him along with a prospect or two. 

I was hoping to see this last road trip where the Mariners would go at least 3-3 instead of losing each one. They were doing so well against other teams with losing records, however, the Rangers and A’s are on an upswing. Of course, in part by playing the Mariners. The Rangers are 7-3 in their last ten games while the A’s are 9-1. Last year the A’s made their move around this time and once again are doing so. 

It would be nice if the Mariners can beat the Rangers at home well as the Los Angeles Angels. Outside of the Mariners the Angels are the other team with a losing record in the past ten games going 4-6. The only other American League team to go 1-9 like the Mariners is the Detroit Tigers.

Mike Leake continues to struggle on Sunday in the Mariners loss to the A’s 7-1. He pitched six and two-thirds innings. He only gave up three hits but two of them were home runs that gave the A’s three of the five runs against him. Wasn’t normal for Leake he walked three batters. For the Mariners to get back on track Leake along with Marco Gonzales who hasn’t won in May and Kikuchi who had a bad outing after pitching well before the Mariners need these three. 

It is hard though for the starters to do well when they have the pressure of having to be perfect when the offense isn’t working. The Mariners scored only eight runs in the three games. They have shown unless they score six runs or more in a game they probably won’t win and they haven’t done that often as of late.

It isn’t as though the Mariners haven’t hit the ball because they had 25 hits in the Oakland series just they left a lot of batters on base. Whether it is changing the lineup or not is the answer the point is they do need to score runs. 

It does come down to the pitching overall though. The position players Dipoto decides to trade they need to have pitching come back in return. I expect the hitting will come back even with the trading of some of the position players. I can see Jay Bruce and Tim Beckham both leaving before the trading deadline too. 

Tommy Milone will be going against the Texas Rangers Monday night. He had a good game against the Rangers last Tuesday in Arlington though the Mariners lost 5-3. A similar outing by Milone should nest a Mariner victory.  This week will be interesting for sure. Go M’s.