The Mariners defeated the 32-26 Cleveland Indians on Wednesday night by a score of 5-0. RHP Taijuan Walker, who has been struggling on the mound as of late, absolutely turned things around on Wednesday night in his outing. C Chris Iannetta helped out Walker with the bat as he went 3-3 at the plate with 4 RBI (a double and 2 HR, 1 2-run HR and 1 solo blast). With the win, the Mariners are now 7 games above .500 at 33-26, 3.5 games in back of the Texas Rangers.
Offensively the M's put up 7 hits on the night. As I said earlier, C Chris Iannetta (.233 AVG) had himself a night at the plate going 3-3 with 4 RBI and 2 homers. Iannetta now has 6 HR on the year with 16 RBI. Also contributing offensively were 2B Robinson Canó (.292 AVG) and SS Ketel Marte (.284 AVG). Canó connected for 2 hits with a 2-4 night at the plate. Canó connected for his fifteenth RBI of the season. Ketel Marte went 2-3 on the night with 2 hits.
On the mound, RHP Taijuan Walker made his twelfth start of 2016. Walker had a fantastic outing going a full 8.0 innings striking out 11 Indians on the night while giving up no runs on 3 hits. Walker obviously earned the win and now has a W-L record of 3-6 on the year with an ERA of 3.48. Walker was relieved by RHP Nick Vincent who tossed the ninth inning. Vincent (2.08 ERA), went 1.0 inning giving up no runs on no hits while striking 2 Indians in his outing.
The M's will look to win this 4-game series with the Tribe as the two teams will play series finale baseball on Thursday night at Safeco Field in Seattle. The Mariners will look to keep the momentum going especially because of the start of a weekend series with AL West rival Texas Rangers coming up on Friday night. RHP Nathan Karns (5-2, 4.23 ERA) will make his twelfth start of the season. Karns and the M's will face CLE RHP Josh Tomlin (8-1, 3.54 ERA), who has been putting up some solid numbers for Cleveland so far this season. Catch this one on ROOT Sports NW or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio. First pitch start time- 7:10 PM PAC, 10:10 PM ET!
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.