Do wonders never cease? Mariners found a team they can beat, take series from Orioles

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Please do not take the byline as any type of hesitation to commend the Mariners for a hard earned series. In fact, they did take 3 of 4 from a team that they should have beat. The 22-55 Baltimore Orioles are the absolute worst team in the major leagues and our hometown 9 did destroy them in a manner fitting of a team that should not dwell in the cellar of the America League West. The M’s found some confidence it their bats and hopefully that translates to victories as the summer solstice ascends upon us.

Jun 20   vs  Baltimore            W           5 – 2

Domingo Santana hit his 3rd homer in 2 days and Wade LeBlanc found a way to get the M’s the win. Santana nailed his 16th homer off of Baltimore’s starter Dylan Bundy in the 6th inning. Wade LeBlanc went 6 1/rd inning of no run 4 hit ball and he collected 7 strikeouts on the way. Roenis Elias grabbed his 8th save of the year.

Jun 21   vs  Baltimore            W           10 – 9

The Marines gave the Orioles their 10th straight loss in a row and that is just fine for the “True to the Blue fans.” The Orioles struck first with 3 runs in the first off of Mike Leake. Leake would compile 7 earned runs and be run off in the 6th inning. Luckily, the M’s offense bailed him out.

Dylan Moore, Kyle Seager and Mac Williamson would launch long bombs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th inning to put the M’s in the pole position to win the game. The M’s would collect an efficient 10 runs off of 13 hits. And while the M’s bullpen has been collectively awful for most of the year, they pulled through for 3 2/3rds innings, allowing just 1 run. Cory Gearrin and Austin Adams grabbed a hold while Roenis Elias took in his 9th save of the year.

Jun 22   vs  Baltimore            L              8 – 4

Tommy Milone, Gerson Bautista, Dan Altavilla, Jessie Biddle? None of them had any ability to prevent the Orioles from earning a win. This motley crew allowed 8 runs off of two 3 run knocks in the 4th and 6th innings.

The M’s had a hard time getting to the Orioles’ Andrew Cashner, managing a pathetic 2 runs against the Baltimore starter who now has a 7-3 record. Let this sink in by the way, Cashner now has 32% of the Baltimore Oriole wins on the year. Yes M’s fans, there is a worse team in the league than our “True to the Blue.”

Jun 23   vs  Baltimore            W           13 – 3

JP Crawford and Yusei Kikuchi had stellar performances as they powered the M’s to a victory. The 24 year old JP had a career high 4 hits and a sacrifice fly for a 4 RBI game that saw the Orioles run out of T-Mobile Park.

“My timing has been good and I’m not missing my pitches to hit. That’s the biggest thing,” Crawford said. “When you get in a little funk, you start fouling off pitches you should be hitting.”

The hot and cold Mariners offense reached 10 or more runs for the 11th time this season and took the pressure off the pitching staff as Kikuchi was able to settle into a groove and win the day.

Yusei collected his 4th win with a 6 inning, 3 run game. Kikuchi ended his 5 game losing streak returning to his form expected of him when he came over form Japan as a free agent.

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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.