Offense can't back Miley in series finale loss to Toronto

Kevin Sousa-USA TODAY Sports

7/24 at TOR by TOM HAYDEN


The Mariners were narrowly defeated on Sunday afternoon in what was the finale of a 3-game set with the now 55-44 Toronto Blue Jays. Seattle, after coming off a 14 run, 19-hit performance on Saturday, was shut down on Sunday by former Mariner LHP J.A. Happ, now, of the Blue Jays. The Mariners were held to just a single hit. LHP Wade Miley got the start for the M's, and did himself a decent job in 6.0 innings of work. With the loss, the Mariners now trail the 58-42 Texas Rangers by 7.0 games and the 54-45 Houston Astros by 3.5 games at this point of the season in the American League Western division standings. For a wild card spot, the Mariners need to climb a latter of 5.0 games to get there. The New York Yankees, Detroit Tigers, and Houston Astros are all above Seattle for a Wild Card spot. Always stay #TrueToTheBlue however, for there is still A LOT of baseball left to be played this season. 

On Sunday afternoon in Toronto, the Mariners came into the game having won their last 3, and had clinched the series on Saturday with a BIG win over the Blue Jays. Making his 18th start of 2016 so far for the Mariners on Sunday was LHP Wade Miley. Miley went 6.0 innings strong giving up only 2 runs on 4 hits (all earned) while striking out 4 and walking 2. Unfortunately, Miley suffered his 8th loss of the season and now has a W-L record of 6-8 in these 18 starts so far. Relieving Wade were RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (8.16 ERA) and RHP Joaquin Benoit (5.18 ERA). Tommy Wilhelmsen went 1.0 inning giving up nothing and striking out 2. For Benoit, the eighth inning, where he gave up nothing as well, striking out none. 

Offensively on Sunday afternoon for the M's, it was an ugly one. Only CF Leonys Martin was able to get a hit off of Blue Jays pitching out of anyone in the lineup. Martin (.242 AVG) singled to right field in the top of the third inning off of TOR LHP J.A. Happ. Combined, the Mariners went 0-4 with runners in scoring position and left 5 runners on the bases. Strikeouts were a problem for Seattle offense on Sunday as they also struck out a combined 10 times. 


The 50-48 Seattle Mariners will now head to the beautiful PNC Park in the great city of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania to take on the 51-47 Pittsburgh Pirates for some inter-league action. The Mariners split a 2-game series earlier this year with the Pirates back home in Seattle. Not only will it be cool to catch the M's at PNC Park, but also on Tuesday night it will be RHP Felix Hernandez taking the hill for the second time this season since being on the disabled list. Hernandez had an OK start his last time on the bump (7/20 vs CWS), where he gave up 5 early runs on 10 hits to the Sox. Felix (4-4, 3.23 ERA) will now look to shine on Tuesday night in the start of this quick 2-game series with the Pittsburgh Pirates. Felix and the M's will face PIT LHP Francisco Liriano (6-9, 4.96 ERA). Be sure to catch all of the game 1 action as the M's take on the Black and Yellow on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio! First pitch start time- 4:05 PM PAC, 7:05 PM ET. 

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