The Mariners were narrowly defeated on Thursday night at Safeco Field in what was the series finale of a 4-game set with the Boston Red Sox. Seattle entered the game seeking a series victory, tossing the new LHP Ariel Miranda, acquired recentl from Baltimore in exchange for LHP Wade Miley. With the loss, the Mariners have fallen to a game above .500 with a W-L record of 54-53 on the season so far. In the American League Western division standings, Seattle trails the first place Texas Rangers by 8.0 games, and the second place Houston Astros by 1.5 games. For an American League Wild Card spot, the Mariners need to climb a 5-game ladder. The Boston Red Sox, Detroit Tigers, and Houston Astros are the only teams ahead of the M's in the race for that Wild Card spot!
On Thursday night in Seattle, the Mariners threw a combined six pitchers in the 3-2, 11 inning loss to Boston. LHP Ariel Miranda made his Mariners debut on Thursday night in front of a large crowd, and he looked good out there. Miranda, the newest member of the Mariners, took the ball on Thursday looking to get a good first impression out of himself for his new team and fans. Despite the Mariners' loss on Thursday night, Ariel certainly put out a great first impression. Miranda went 6.0 innings giving up 2 runs on 8 hits (all earned runs) while striking out 5 and walking only 1 Red Sox in his outing. Ariel Miranda's outing was a no decision, so he maintains his 0-0 W-L record from just 8.0 career innings pitched. His is ERA is now a 5.63. Relieving Miranda were RHP Drew Storen (6.51 ERA), LHP Vidal Nuño (3.15 ERA), RHP Tom Wilhelmsen (7.71 ERA), RHP Blake Parker (0.00 ERA, recent call up from AAA Tacoma) and RHP Cody Martin (3.68 ERA). Relief combined to give up only 1 run on 5 hits while walking 3 and striking out 1 Red Sox. Cody Martin suffered his second loss of the season as he gave up an RBI single in the top of the eleventh inning to BOS LF Brock Holt. Martin went the 1.0 inning of work giving up 1 run on 2 hits (run was earned).
Offensively on Thursday night, the M's combined to put up 2 runs on 6 hits off of BOS LHP Drew Pomeranz, RHP Junichi Tazawa, and LHP Fernando Abad. SS Shawn O'Malley had himself a NIGHT, and is my pick for the Mariners Player of the Game despite the loss. O'Malley (.242 AVG) went 3-for-5 at the plate with 3 hits, 6 total bases, and an RBI. Shawn connected for his 1st homer of the season on Thursday, a solo blast to left off of Pomeranz in the bottom of the fifth inning. O'Malley has 2 homers in his career. The RBI now gives O'Malley a total of 10 on the season so far for Seattle. Also contributing offensively for the M's was 1B Dae-Ho Lee (.260 AVG) who went 1-for-3 at the plate with an RBI single to center in the bottom of the fifth inning. The RBI tied things with Boston at 2 a piece at that time. Lee now has a total of 41 RBI on the season so far. 3B Kyle Seager (.280 AVG) and LF Guillermo Heredia (.143 AVG) each had 1-for-4 nights at the plate, each notching a base hit for the M's!
WHAT'S NEXT? :
Our 54-53 Seattle Mariners will now welcome the 49-59 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to town starting up a 3-game weekend series on Friday night. RHP Felix Hernandez (5-4, 3.46 ERA) and the M's are set and ready to face LAA LHP, and University of Washington alum Tim Lincecum (2-5, 8.49 ERA). The start will be Felix's 14th on the season so far this year for Seattle. Be sure to tune into ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN radio as the Mariners look to start off this series strong with Hernandez on the hill. Also, be sure to tune in this whole weekend as the Mariners will honor Hall of Famer Ken Griffey Jr. in what is know as "Griffey Weekend" at Safeco Field. The Mariners will retire the number 24, Griffey Jr.'s number, prior to Saturday's game in Seattle! First pitch start time for Friday night's game is scheduled for 7:10 PM PAC, 10:10 PM ET!
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.