Mariners split series with Pirates, drop Game two

6/29 vs PIT by TOM HAYDEN


The Mariners were defeated by the now 38-41 Pittsburgh Pirates on Wednesday night by a score of 8-1. Offensively the M's connected for only 6 hits against young PIT RHP Jameson Taillon. LHP Wade Miley made his first start since being on the 15-day DL with a left shoulder injury. With the loss, the Mariners have fallen back to an even .500 so far on the season with a W-L record of 39-39. Seattle now trails the Texas Rangers by 11 games and the Houston Astros by 1.5 games in the American League West standings.

On the mound on Wednesday night, LHP Wade Miley took the ball for his fourteenth start of the 2016 season, and his first since being on the 15-day DL with a left shoulder injury. Miley went 4.0 innings giving up 5 runs on 7 hits (all earned runs), while striking out 1 and giving up 1 HR to PIT 3B David Freese in the second inning. Wade suffered the loss, and now has a W-L record of 6-4 on the season with an ERA of 5.58. Relieving Miley were RHP Donn Roach (10.80 ERA) RHP Nathan Karns (4.45 ERA) (now a member of the bullpen) and LHP David Rollins (0.00 ERA) (recent call-up from AAA Tacoma). Donn Roach went 1.0 inning giving up 3 runs on 3 hits (all earned) while walking 1 Pirate. Karns struck out 6 and gave up only 1 hit, 1 walk in 2 innings of work. Rollins went the last 2.0 innings giving up only 1 walk while striking out 3.

Offensively, the Mariners were only able to put the ball in play 6 times on Wednesday on young PIT RHP Jameson Taillon. LF Seth Smith (.263 AVG) and 2B Robinson Canó (.305 AVG) each had 2-hit nights at the plate for Seattle. For Canó, he has now put the ball in play for a hit in 7 straight games. 3B Kyle Seager (.265 AVG) went 1-4 at the plate scoring the Mariners' 1 run. Seager connected for his 19th double of the season in this one. 1B Adam Lind (.242 AVG) drove Seager in for a run in the bottom of the fifth inning via a single to left field. Lind went 1-3 on the night and with the RBI, he now has a total of 34 RBI on the season.

The Mariners will now open up what should be a great 4-game series with a solid Baltimore Orioles ball club at home in Seattle to continue this home stand. The Mariners will look to jump a game above .500 with a win on Thursday night. RHP Taijuan Walker (3-6, 3.66 ERA) will make this start after missing his last scheduled start (6/24 vs STL) with discomfort in his foot. Walker and the M's will face BAL RHP Chris Tillman (10-1, 3.90 ERA). Be sure to catch all of the Game 1 action on ROOT Sports NW for watching or 710 ESPN Seattle radio for listening purposes. First pitch start time- 7:10 PM PAC, 10:10 PM ET!

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.