Brutal road trip hands Mariners another series loss, this time to the Yankees

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The New York Yankees took 3 of 4 games from the Seattle Mariners this week as the True to the Blue now stare at a .500 record. Now 20-20 on the season, the M’s have won just 7 games in there last 25 games. In the midst of a brutal stretch, the M’s have officially squandered a 13-2 record that had them hoisted by the fans and media as the darlings of baseball.

Unfortunately, reality is a cruel mistress as cracks in the armor that were overcome by power hitting have begun to manifest.  While the power hitting is till there, the bullpen, the defense, and clutch hitting have been brought to the forefront as huge problems.

May 6    @ NY Yankees        L              7 – 3

Felix Hernandez got lit up by the Yankees to the tune of 7 runs (6 earned).  The King allowed 3 home runs reversing a trend of several solid games. The King had 4 solid starts in a row, but against the Bronx Bombers he couldn’t keep the ball in the hitter friendly Yankees Stadium.

The Mariners offense went missing as they failed to help out Felix—as per usual. The M’s went 7-34 on the day with 7 hits,  but struck out a whopping 11 times as they left 13 runners on base.

May 7    @  NY Yankees        L              5 – 4

Anthony Swarzak had a meltdown keeping Marco Gonzales from a win.  Gonzales went 6 innings of 3 hit ball allowing just 1 run.  But then Swarzak came in to close the game out in the 9th inning.  Swarzak gave up a 2 run gopher ball to Gio Urshela who crushed the ball to deep center field (411 ft) to tie the game. He would then allow Cameron Maybin a hit before he was pulled for Roenis Elias.  Elias didn’t do much better as he subsequently allowed a walk-off, game winning hit to DJ LeMahieu.

The Mariners offense was about as inefficient as you could get.  With 10 hits on the day, they had Masahiro Tanaka’s number.  But those 10 hits turned into just 4 runs. The M’s left an insane 19 runners on base as they were simply unable to find clutch hitting with ducks on the pond.

May 8    @  NY Yankees        W           10 – 1

Yusei Kikuchi took a no hitter in the 6th,  showing off why the M’s took a chance on the rookie from Japan. Yusei threw a season high 106 pitches going deep into the game. He allowed just 3 hits in 7 2/3rd innings.  With just 1 run allowed, he brings his ERA down to 3.98 and his win total to 2. Kikuchi now has back to back 7 inning, 1 run games.

Edwin Encarnacion whacked a 4th inning homer, his 4th homer in the last 5 games. The homer is his 12th on the season. Ryon Healy would get into the fun and games with a 2 run homer of his own. Healy in fact went 4-5 on the day with 2 runs scored.

Dylan Moore filled in for a struggling Tim Beckham at shortstop. Moore went 1-4 at the plate with an RBI—that said, how long will it be before the M’s pull the trigger on recently acquired JP Crawford? JP still has some things to work on down in AAA Tacoma and will remain there for a little while longer;  but on Tuesday he went 4-5 with a homer and 6 RBI. Many M’s fans are licking their chops at a chance to see him at the pro level.

As well, Daniel Vogelbach, Jay Bruce, and Encarnacion all started.  All season long, usually one of these gentlemen had sat in a rotation. Today we saw Mitch Haniger move to center to accommodate Jay Bruce while Brandon Bishop sat.

 

May 9  @ NY Yankees        L              3 – 1

Former Mariners J.A. Happ got the better of the M’s on Thursday. Happ and his bullpen combined for a 2 hitter as the M’s batters looked “Happ-less.” In 5 innings Happ gave up just 1 hit, 0 runs, and struck out 7. The lone Mariner score was a Domingo Santana homer in the 9th, but it would be too little too late.

The Mainers wasted a great effort by starter Mike Leake who went 7 innings allowing just 1 run. For his efforts, he would earn a loss as reliever Connor Sadzeck would give up 2 runs on 3 hits in the 8th to secure the loss.

There was a bit of a scare in the 3rd inning as a high and tight fastball by Happ hit Dee Gordon in the arm. The M’s trainer would sprint out to the field to aid Dee. The HBP took Dee out of the game and he was none too pleased.

“I was pissed off. It was the second time he threw up by my head,” Gordon said, according to The Seattle Times. “You’ve got to get the ball down. You can’t throw that pitch. I got a family. You need to get the ball, you need to get the ball the f— down. That’s twice. If you can’t throw that pitch, don’t throw it.”

X-rays were inconclusive, but this could be a disaster as the starting 2nd basemen have been one of the bright spots in this roller coaster of a season.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.