8/21 vs MIL by TOM HAYDEN
66-57, 6.0 GB in AL WEST
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Out of all the baseball games I have watched, which is a lot, this one was definitely one of the strangest I have seen, especcially in the ninth inning. In what seemed like another great day for the Seattle Mariners, who stood 10 games over .500 entering Sunday's game vs the Brewers, was all turned around as Milwaukee put up 4 runs in the top of the ninth inning, getting themselves the series finale win by a score of 7-6. This loss was a bad one mainly because of the great day the Mariners were having offensively, as well as on the mound. After the loss, Mariners fans everywhere were bummed, but when you really think about it, they took 2-of-3 from the Brew Crew and are still just a game out of the Wild Card all thanks to the Houston Astros who beat the Baltimore Orioles on Sunday, the team who sits right above us in this American League Wild Card race. With the unfortunate loss, the Mariners now have fallen to a W-L record of 66-57 on the season, and are 6.0 games in back of the first place Texas Rangers in the American League Western division standings. For a Wild Card spot, don't sweat it, because the M's are still right there, just 1 game in back of the Baltimore Orioles who sit in that second wild card spot currently.
On the mound on Sunday afternoon, LHP Ariel Miranda made just the 5th appearance in a game of his MLB career, making the start vs the Brewers. Miranda went a decent 5.2 innings giving up 3 runs on 4 hits (all runs earned) while walking just 1 and striking out a solid 5 Brewers. Miranda gave up a solo homer to MIL CF Keon Broxton in the top of the fourth inning. Ariel's outing was a no decision, so he now maintains a W-L record of 1-0 on the season. His ERA is now at a 5.49 in 19.2 innings pitched so far this season. Relief on Sunday was solid, as usual, of course until the ninth inning hiccup from RHP Tom Wilhelmsen, which is a rare occurrence. But hey, that's the game of baseball. RHP Steve Cishek (3.31), RHP Nick Vincent (4.01 ERA), and RHP Arquimedes Caminero (3.35 ERA) each earned themselves a hold (Cishek- 1st hold, Vincent- 13th hold, Caminero- 7th hold), as they each struck out 1 Brewer in a combined 3.1 innings of work. RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (7.20 ERA) then came into the game in the top of the ninth inning, looking to close things out, but unfortunately things didn't go as planned. Wilhelmsen suffered his 3rd blown save of the season and the loss in this one as he went 0.1 innings of the ninth giving up 4 runs on 4 hits (all runs earned) while striking out 1 Brewer in his outing. Wilhelmsen gave up a solo homer to MIL CF Keon Broxton to start off the ninth inning, and then gave up a 2-run home run to MIL 1B Chris Carter later in the inning. With the loss, Wilhelmsen now has an individual W-L record of 2-4 on the season in 40.0 even innings pitched. LHP Vidal Nuño (2.72 ERA) then finished off the rest of the ninth inning (0.2 innings) giving up 0 runs on 2 hits while walking 1 and striking out 1 Brewer.
Offensively on Sunday afternoon, the M's put up a solid 6 runs on 11 hits off of MIL RHP Matt Garza, RHP Jhan Marinez, and RHP Tyler Thornburg. RF Seth Smith (.261 AVG) had himself a day going 2-for-4 at the dish with a pair of hits for 2 RBI. Smith connected for 2 singles in this one, both for RBI in the third and fourth innings. Smith now has a total of 48 RBI on the season after the 2-RBI day. 2B Robinson Canó (.290 AVG) didn't get a base hit in this one going 0-for-5 at the plate, but he did manage to drive in 2 runs for Seattle, both via sacrifice ground outs. The 2 RBI day now gives Canó a total of 79 on the season. DH Nelson Cruz (.287 AVG) went 2-for4 at the plate on Sunday, also kicking in a run for the Mariners in this one. Nelson Cruz put the Mariners up 6-1 in the bottom of the fourth inning with an infield single. The RBI now gives Nelly a total of 77 on the season. SS Ketel Marte (.263 AVG) went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of hits, also for an RBI in this one for his 23rd RBI of the season so far for the M's. Marte got this one started with an infield single in the bottom of the third inning, which scored Leonys Martin to put the M's up 1-0 over the Crew. CF Leonys Martin (.246 AVG) didn't drive in a run but did connect for his 11th double of the season and a single in a 2-for-4 day at the plate for him. Martin also scored 2 runs for the Mariners on Sunday. C Chris Iannetta (.218 AVG) had a base hit and scored a run for the Mariners. LF Nori Aoki also continues to bring up a .268 AVG as he went 2-for-4 on Sunday with a pair of hits while also scoring 2 runs for Seattle in this one.
WHAT'S NEXT? :
The New York Yankees are coming to town! Get ready as our Mariners will now look to forget about Sunday's loss and get back to their August of success as they open up a 3-game mid-week series with the 63-60 Yanks. The Yankees are one of the teams that are trying to catch Seattle in the American League Wild Card race, so this series is a crucial one. Starting this one on Monday night for Seattle will be RHP Cody Martin (1-2, 3.14 ERA) who will be making just his 2nd start as Mariner in this one. The Mariners won when Martin started last, (8/17 vs LAA). Martin and the M's are set and ready to take on NYY RHP Michael Pineda (6-10, 4.89 ERA). Be sure to tune into ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio to catch all of the series opener action as the Mariners look to keep on climbing up in this Wild Card race. First pitch start time- 7:10 PM PAC, 10:10 PM ET!
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue as our Mariners #KeepFighting!