Losing is bad, but losing in extra innings is even worse. The M's did so on Monday night in Game 1 of a 4-game series with the 35-35 Detroit Tigers. DET LF Justin Upton connected for a solo homer to left in the bottom of the twelfth inning off of LHP Vidal Nuño to give Detroit the walk-off 8-7 victory. With the loss, the Mariners have fallen to 36-34, and are now 9.5 games in back of the Texas Rangers who sit atop first place of the American League West at 46-25. The M's are 2.5 games in back of getting a wild card spot at this point of the season.
Offensively, the Mariners connected for an impressive 19 hits on the night. CF Leonys Martin (.264 AVG) went 3-6 with 3 hits and an RBI. RF Seth Smith (.270 AVG) went 2-4 with 2 hits, 2 RBI. C Chris Iannetta (.242 AVG) had a 2-hit night going 2-5 at the plate. SS Ketel Marte (.275 AVG) tied for a career high of 4 hits in one game as he went 4-6 at the plate with 1 RBI and 2 runs. Marte connected for 4 hits in a game earlier last month (May). 1B Adam Lind continues to bring up a .243 AVG as he went 3-6 with 3 hits and 2 RBI for Seattle. Lind connected for his tenth HR of the year in the fifth inning of this one, in 2 run HR fashion. 3B Kyle Seager (.269 AVG) connected for his fourteenth HR of the season in the second inning of this one in solo HR form. Seager went 1-6 on the night with just the homer.
On the mound, RHP Nathan Karns made his fourteenth start of the 2016 season. Karns went 5.0 innings giving up 5 runs on 7 hits (all earned) while striking out 6 and walking 1 Tiger, and also giving up a 2-run HR to Miguel Cabrera in the first inning. Relieving Karns were RHP Jonathan Aro (0.00 ERA, made 2016 MLB debut, Mariners debut), RHP Nick Vincent (3.24 ERA), RHP Joaquin Benoit, and LHP Vidal Nuño (1.95 ERA). Aro went 0.2 innings in his Mariners debut, and got two to fly out, but let 2 on base, (gave up only 1 hit). Aro got his first hold of the season. Nick Vincent suffered his fifth blown save of the season as he went 1.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits (all earned) while striking out 2 Tigers. Benoit went 2.0 innings giving up only 2 hits, while striking out 1. Vidal Nuño suffered his first loss of the season (now 0-1) as he gave up a solo walk-off homer to DET LF Justin Upton to lead off the bottom of the twelfth inning. Rough stat: The Mariners are 0-8 in games within 1 run of their opponents so far this season.
The Mariners will look to turn things around on Tuesday night as the M's and Tigers are set and ready for some Game 2 night baseball. LHP James Paxton, who earned his first win of the season in a solid last outing, will face well - known DET RHP Justin Verlander (7-5, 3.87 ERA). Paxton (1-2, 2.86 ERA) will make his fifth start of the season since replacing an injured RHP Felix Hernandez (right calf sprain). Be sure to catch the Game 2 action on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio! First pitch- 4:10 PM PAC, 7:10 PM ET.
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.