Silent offense can't back Iwakuma in rubber-match loss to Yankees

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8/24 vs NYY by TOM HAYDEN 

67-59, 6.5 GB in AL WEST ----

Tough loss. That's all you can say after Wednesday afternoon's game vs the New York Yankees in which the Yanks took control offensively in their 5-0 win over our M's. The Yankees (now 65-61 on the season) have pitched very well in these past 2 games of this series. In this one, NYY RHP Mashiro Tanaka out-dueled RHP Hisashi Iwakuma in what was a re-match pitching matchup from earlier this season, April 17th in the Bronx. Iwakuma had another strong performance for the Mariners on Wednesday afternoon, but offense simply couldn't get the job of backing him up done. With the loss, our Seattle M's have fallen to a W-L record of 67-59 on the season, and are now 6.5 games in back of the first place Texas Rangers in the American League Western division standings. The loss still isn't setting off alarms however, for the M's are still just within 3.0 games of that second American League Wild Card spot, trailing the Baltimore Orioles, who have won 3 straight games. 

On Wednesday in what was an early get-away-day game for the M's, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma took the ball for his 26th start of the season, a team-high in starts for pitchers. Iwakuma had himself a decent outing going 6.0 innings giving up 3 runs on just 6 hits (all 3 runs earned) while walking 2 and striking out 3 Yankees on the day. Hisashi gave up a solo homer to NYY C Gary Sanchez in the top of the first inning. Unfortunately, Kuma suffered his 9th loss of the season but still now has a solid individual W-L record of 14-9 on the season with an ERA of 3.81, which is also good. Iwakuma has tossed over 160.0 innings so far this year for Seattle. In relief on Wednesday afternoon were RHP Arquimedes Caminero (3.46 ERA), RHP Nick Vincent (3.83 ERA), RHP Tony Zych (3.29 ERA), and LHP Wade LeBlanc (4.50 ERA). Caminero went 1.0 inning giving up 1 run on 2 hits (earned run) while walking 1 and striking out 2 Yankees. Nick vincent tossed the eighth inning (1.0 inning) while giving up nothing and striking out 1. Tony Zych went 0.2 innings giving up 1 run on 1 hit (earned run) while striking out 1 Yankee and walking 2 in his outing. Wade LeBlanc then finished up the game going 0.1 innings of the ninth, escaping a jam by giving up nothing and striking out 1 Yankee on the day for his outing. 

Offensively, the Mariners got shut out by Tanaka as they put up 0 runs on 8 hits. CF Leonys Martin (.248 AVG) had himself a 2-hit day, however, as he put up a pair of singles in a 2-for-3 day at the dish. LF Norichika Aoki (.268 AVG) went 2-for-4 at the plate notching a single and a double in this one. The double was Aoki's 17th of the season, which is 5th on the team rankings for doubles. 2B Robinson Canó (.297 AVG) continues to bring up that average as he also had himself a 2-hit day at the plate with 2 singles for the M's. Canó went 2-for-4 at the dish on Wednesday afternoon. SS Ketel Marte (.265 AVG), and 1B Adam Lind (.230 AVG) each had a single in this one. Marte went 1-for-3 at the plate while Lind went 1-for-4 at the plate on the day for Seattle. 

WHAT'S NEXT? : The Mariners will now open up a 7-game road trip at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago to take on the 60-65 Chicago White Sox. The series will be a 4-game set, starting on a Thursday and ending on Sunday. Getting things started will be LHP James Paxton, who is making his return off of the 15-day DL. Paxton will make the start on Thursday night in what will be his first start since August the 7th vs the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Paxton (4-5, 3.53 ERA) and the M's are set and ready to face CWS RHP Anthony Ranaudo (1-1, 9.42 ERA). Be sure to tune into ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 770 AM KTTH radio as Paxton makes his 14th start of the season with the M's! First pitch start time- 5:10 PM PAC, 8:10 PM ET. 


LHP James Paxton has been recalled off the 15-day DL officially. 

LHP Wade LeBlanc has been designated for assignment. 

INF Mike Freeman has been recalled from AAA Tacoma, mainly because of Kyle Seager taking time off for an injury. 

RHP Tony Zych has been optioned back down to AAA Tacoma. 

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