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Many call them the one of the best team in baseball, and their 49 wins prove it; the New York Yankees took 3 straight games to put themselves in the forefront of the MLB as the team to beat.
The Seattle Mariners rode a high throughout the season, known as the plucky team that like the little engine that could has overcome the odds. Unfortunately, the test to see if they were worthy earned poor grades as they lost in every considerable manner.
This is not the end of the line for our heroes, they still have 46 wins; are just 3 games behind the Houston Astros; and are a full 7 games up on the Angels for the wild card spot.
Jun 19 @ NY Yankees L 7 – 2
Game 1 started off on the wrong foot as a 4 run 5th knocked the Mariners for a loop. Marco Gonzales had a stereotypically uneven performance giving up 6 runs and 8 hits in 6 1/3 innings. The former Gonzaga Bulldog was unable to keep the ball in the stadium as Giancarlo Stanton, Miguel Andujar, and Aaron Hicks would all take him deep.
With the exception of a Nelson Cruz home run, the M’s bats would go exceptionally quiet, striking out 9 times.
Four the win. pic.twitter.com/CQNwOmHRqF
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 20, 2018
Jun 20 @ NY Yankees L 7 – 5
Whreas last Friday against Boston, the Ms had their most memorable game of the year, on Tuesday, they had the game that they would most like to forget. In the 4th inning the Mariners jumped all over Yankee pitcher Jonathan Loaisiga scoring 3 runs and driving him off the mound. In the 5th inning they would score 2 more runs and with a 5-0 lead, the game looked to be in the bag as Felix Hernandez seemed likely to earn his 7th win.
But then disaster struck as the Yankees–who lead the MLB in come from behind wins (23)–did what they have done all season, and that is mash home runs. In the 8th inning, newly aquired Alex Colome blew the save (his 3rd) when he gave up a 2 run shot from Gary Sanchez to tie the game. Ryan Cook would be victimized by Giancarlo Stanton’s 2 run shot to deep left center that would win the game.
Tying it up. pic.twitter.com/a15lt4pCvx
— New York Yankees (@Yankees) June 21, 2018
Jun 21 @ NY Yankees L 4 – 3
Heartbreak abound in the final game of the series as the M’s recovered from a brutal 1st inning and rallied themselves back into the game. James Paxton had a very un-Pax 1st inning as both Aaron Judge and Miguel Andujar would go yard to put the Yankees up 4-0. Pax would settle down and strikeout 9 batters over the course of his 5 innings.
This would the 1st four game losing streak for the Mariners this year and things wont get any easier as they head to Fenway for a 3 game series against the Red Sox.
“We were battling. We were in all these games,” said Seager. “Especially these last two, we were right there at the finish. That’s baseball. It happens. You go on little runs and this type of stuff, but I don’t think anybody is too worried about it. We’ve been playing too good to panic over that.”
The Mariners strike right back as Kyle Seager drives a no-doubter up and out to right for a two-run shot. pic.twitter.com/lePlaYTith
— Mariners (@Mariners) June 21, 2018
Just the stats Ma’am
- This is the 1st time the Mariners have ever been swept at the new Yankees stadium
- 4th in the MLB in batting average (.258)
- Nelson Cruz is tied for #6 in the MLB with 18 homers
- Jean Segura is #5 in the MLB witha .334 batting average
- Dee Gordan is #4 in the MLB with 19 steals