Our AL West rival Texas Rangers jumped out to an early 3-0 lead on Saturday night, something they did on Friday night as well. RHP Nathan Karns made his eleventh start on the season, and he said after the game that he had trouble locating his fastball throughout his entire outing on Saturday. With the loss, the M's have fallen to 31-24 on the season, and are now 2.0 games back of the Texas Rangers, the new leaders of the division. The M's are still a decent 7 games above .500 however, and they have a promising future ahead of them to keep the record going well.
Offensively the Mariners put up 11 hits on the night. 2B Robinson Canó reached base for his 33rd straight game on Saturday night with a single early (longest active streak in Majors). Canó (.290 AVG) went 1-5 at the plate with the 1 single. DH Nelson Cruz (.290 AVG) also went 1-5 on the night but did connect for his twelfth HR of the season in the third inning, a solo blast. Cruz also had 2 RBI (HR, ground out FC). CF Shawn O'Malley (.156 AVG) batted leadoff on Saturday night as Nori Aoki took the game off and went 1-5 with a 2-out RBI single in the top of the fourth inning. O'Malley's second RBI of the season. 1B Dae-Ho Lee continues to bring up a .319 AVG as he had himself a 2-hit night. C Chris Iannetta (.218 AVG) connected for 3 hits on the night and had 2 doubles (6 on season so far for Iannetta). LF Stefen Romero (.231 AVG) connected for the other Mariner RBI as he hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the second inning.
On the mound, RHP Nathan Karns made his eleventh start of the season going 4.0 innings giving up 7 runs on 8 hits (all earned) while walking 5 and striking out 5 Rangers on the night. Karns came into the game winning his last 9 starts, but unfortunately suffered the loss on Saturday, now with a W-L record of 5-2, and an ERA of 4.23. Nathan Karns was relieved by LHP Vidal Nuño (1.83 ERA) and RHP Steve Johnson (3.14 ERA). Relief combined to give up 3 runs on 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out none. Relief gave up 2 HR on the night.
The Mariners will now look to avoid a sweep as we play series finale baseball on Sunday afternoon with the Texas Rangers. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma will make his twelfth start of the season. Iwakuma (4-4, 4.41 ERA) and the M's will face TEX LHP Derek Holland (4-4, 4.78 ERA). Expect to see Dae-Ho Lee at 1B in the lineup for Adam Lind as Holland is a lefty. Catch this one on ROOT Sports NW, or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle. First pitch start time- 12:05 PM PAC, 3:05 PM ET!
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.