Sampson's MLB debut impressive, but Red Sox take control in game two

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

6/18 at BOS by TOM HAYDEN


The Mariners were defeated by the 38-29 Boston Red Sox on Saturday afternoon in front of a sold out Fenway crowd on a beautiful day for baseball. RHP Adrian Sampson, called up from AAA Tacoma recently after LHP Wade Miley was placed on the 15-day DL (shoulder), made his Major League debut on Saturday. Seattle's offense also struck first in game two with a ground out FC from DH Nelson Cruz, and a solo blast to center from 1B Adam Lind. The M's went 1-for-6 however with runners in scoring position however, ultimately leading to only 2 runs being plated on the afternoon. With the loss, the Mariners have fallen to 36-32 on the season and are now 7.5 games in back of the Texas Rangers who lead the American League West. Here's how things went down Saturday in Beantown. 

Offensively the Mariners put up 9 hits on the day, off of BOS RHP Rick Porcello. 1B Adam Lind (.235 AVG) went 1-4 at the plate with a no doubt solo blast to the center field bleacher seats for his ninth HR of the season so far. Lind also now has 27 RBI in 52 games. Also contributing offensively was RF Seth Smith (.265 AVG) who went 3-3 at the plate with 3 hits. CF Leonys Martin (.254 AVG) went 2-4 at the plate with 2 hits and 1 run scored for Seattle in the first inning of this one. C Steve Clevenger (.230 AVG) and LF Nori Aoki (.245 AVG) each connected for a hit on the afternoon. 

On the mound, RHP Adrian Sampson made his first ever major league start on Saturday at Fenway. Despite his loss (0-1), Sampson had a decent first start going 4.2 innings giving up 4 runs (all earned) while striking out 2 and giving up 1 walk, 2 HR. He now has a 7.71 ERA. Sampson's start certainly was more of a positive than a negative, and we should see him more as this season continues. Relieving Sampson was LHP Mike Montgomery who went into pitch in the fourth inning, continuing to toss the next 3.1 innings to the eighth. Montgomery gave up 2 runs on 4 hits (1 earned run) while striking out 3 Red Sox in his outing. 

The Mariners will look to take the series on Sunday afternoon in Boston for some Father's Day rubber match baseball. RHP Taijuan Walker who has been throwing very well lately for this Seattle ball club will take the mound for his fourteenth start of 2016. Walker's last outing (June the 14th at TB) was a short 3.1 innings due to a soreness in his big toe. Despite the small injury, Taijuan and Mariners' pitching coach Mel Stottlemyre Jr. say he is ready to go on Sunday in Boston. Walker (3-6, 3.69 ERA) and the M's will face BOS LHP David Price (7-4, 4.52 ERA). Be sure to catch all of the Game 3 action on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle! First pitch start time- 10:35 AM PAC, 1:35 PM ET. 

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Happy Father's day to all of the Dads out there! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.