Craziness. That's how this one ended on Saturday night in Seattle. With Seager on first and O'Malley on third in the bottom of the ninth inning, the Mariners were caught trying to get the tying run home as the Twins made an impressive defensive double play to get both Seager and O'Malley to end the ballgame. With the loss the Mariners have fallen to 28-20, but still maintain a 0.5 game lead over the Texas Rangers for a first place spot in the American League West.
On the mound on Saturday night, LHP Wade Miley made his tenth start of 2016. Miley went 4.0 innings giving up 5 runs on 6 hits (all earned), 3 walks, while striking out 6 Twins on the night. Miley is currently tossing a 4.95 ERA. LHP Mike Montgomery (1.55 ERA), RHP Nick Vincent (2.45 ERA) and RHP Steve Cishek (2.70 ERA) tossed in relief. Montgomery struck out 2 while giving up only 1 hit in 2.0 innings of work. Vincent unfortunately suffered the loss after giving up 1 run on 4 hits (run earned) and now so far has a 2016 W-L record of 2-2. Steve Cishek tossed the ninth inning and gave up no runs, no hits, while striking out 1 on the night.
Offensively the Mariners put up a solid 14 hits. CF Nori Aoki (.249 AVG) went 2-4 at the plate with his first HR of the season, a solo HR to right field to put the M's on the board. Aoki's other hit came with an RBI single. Nori had 2 RBI on the night and now has 8 so far this season. 3B Kyle Seager (.261 AVG) went 3-5 at the plate with a 3-hit night. Seager had 3 total bases. C Steve Clevenger (.178 AVG) gave the Mariners a lead with a bloop single to center field to score Gutierrez. The third RBI of the ballgame came from SS Luis Sardiñas (.194 AVG) with a solo HR to left in the sixth inning to tie the game at 5. That HR was Sardiñas' second of the season.
The M's will look to avoid the sweep on Sunday as the Twins and Mariners will play series finale baseball. Seattle will look to win their first game of the season in their home-alternate uniforms, (0-3). RHP Taijuan Walker (2-4, 2.70 ERA) and the M's will face MIN RHP Ricky Nolasco (1-3, 5.54 ERA). This will be Walker's tenth start of 2016. Catch this one on ROOT Sports NW, or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle! First pitch start time- 1:10 PM PAC, 4:10 PM ET.
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.