The M's were unfortunately defeated on Sunday afternoon by their AL West rival Texas Rangers by a score of 6-4. 2B Robinson Canó was thrown out at second base on an attempted double to end the ball game. Rumor has it that Canó's shin guard slowed him down during his run to second base, causing him to get caught out in the act. With the loss the Mariners have fallen to 34-29 on the season, and are now 5.0 games in back of the AL West leading Texas Rangers, who have a record of 39-24.
LHP Wade Miley made his thirteenth start of the 2016 season on Sunday. Miley went 5.0 innings giving up 3 runs on 4 hits (all earned) while striking out 6 Rangers on the day. Miley unfortunately suffered the loss, but still maintains a solid W-L record of 6-3 on the season with an ERA of 5.28. Relieving Wade were RHP Steve Johnson (4.60 ERA), LHP Vidal Nuño (1.57 ERA), and RHP Nick Vincent (2.28 ERA). Steve Johnson came into pitch in the sixth inning and gave up 3 runs on 1 hit (all earned) while walking 2 Rangers in his outing. This is really the first time this season that Johnson hasn't tossed a decent outing. Vidal Nuño had himself another great outing going 3.0 innings giving up only 2 hits, striking out 5, and walking only 1 in his outing. For RHP Nick Vincent, he gave up no runs and no hits while striking out 1 Ranger in the ninth inning.
Offensively the M's connected for 9 hits on the night. Seattle certainly kept things interesting with the bats on Sunday, despite trailing the Rangers from the fourth inning on. CF Leonys Martin, recently off of the 15-day DL (hamstring), connected for his tenth HR of the season in the fifth inning of this one to put up a run for Seattle. 2B Robinson Canó (.295 AVG), DH Nelson Cruz (.293 AVG) and SS Ketel Marte (.279 AVG) each had 2-hit days at the plate. Marte connected for his tenth double of the season. Robinson Canó recorded his 51st RBI on the season in this one. 3B Kyle Seager (.280 AVG) and C Chris Iannetta (.233 AVG) each also had an RBI on Sunday afternoon (Seager- 42 RBI on the season so far, Iannetta- 17 RBI on the season so far).
The Mariners will look to turn things around as they embark on a very important road trip. The trip will run from June 14th to June 23rd. Seattle will head east to the great cities of Tampa Bay, Florida, Boston, Massachusetts and Detroit, Michigan. The trip will begin with a 3-game series starting Tuesday night at Tropicana Field in Tampa Bay as the Mariners take on the 29-32 Rays. RHP Taijuan Walker who came off of a HOT start will take the hill on Tuesday looking to start off the series on a good note. Walker (3-6, 3.48 ERA) and the Mariners will face TB RHP Jake Odorizzi (3-3, 3.47 ERA). Be sure to catch this one on ROOT Sports NW, or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle. First pitch start time for Game 1 on Tuesday night in Tampa Bay is set for 4:10 PM PAC, 7:10 PM ET!
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.