In the big D, Mariners take a split from the Rangers

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The Seattle Mariners had a nice little 6 game win steak before it was broken on Wednesday. Amidst the news that 3 Mariners were traded in Roenis Elias, Mike Leake, and Hunter Strickland, the M’s put up a good showing for a quick 2 game series, against the Texas Rangers, before what should be an utter buzzsaw that could be a 4 game series against the Houston Astros.

Some interesting stats for this mid-week series include:

  • Kyle Seager now has 27 homers, 96 RBI and .296 batting average against Texas in 148 career appearances.
  • Scott Servais is the 2nd M’s manager to reach 300 wins. He is 300 and 297 since coming to the M’s in 2016. Lou Piniella had 840 wins in 10 seasons

7‎/‎30 @ Texas W 8 – 5

Mike Leake had a poor showing in his final appearance in a Mariner uniform as he was drilled for 5 runs off of 10 hits. Leake was victimized by poor defense, however, the M’s would score more than enough runs early on to stay in the game.

Kyle Seager made a mistake in the field but more than made up for it with the bat, just narrowly missing the cycle as he clubbed a Homer, a triple, and a single in the game. He would go 3-5 on the day with 2 runs scored and 4 driven in. For Seager, this is some catharsis as he spent much of the season on the DL with a tendon injury in his hand.

“I feel pretty good, and I feel like I’m getting in better positions, swinging at better pitches,” Seager said.

The relieving corps would come through for a change as Sam Tuivailala would go 1 and 1/3rd innings to earn the win. Tui’s last win would come almost a year ago when on August 6th he beat these same Rangers in Arlington for his 1st career win. And just a day before he was traded, Roenis Elias would earn another save in a solid outing.

7‎/‎31 @ Texas L 9 – 7

The Mariners could not stand prosperity as they grabbed a quick lead but them fumbled the game away. Austin Nola and newcomer Keon Broxton grabbed homers keep the M’s in the fight. Unfortunately, the Rangers Mike Minor—who didn’t get traded for some weird reason—kept his cool and grabbed his 9th win.

The Mariner’s Wade LeBlanc got lit up with 6 runs over 4 1/3rd innings. Wade allowed 10 hits, 2 homers, and 6 runs to put the M’s in a hole. Newcomer Matt Magill would not help the situation as he allowed 3 runs in the 7th throwing more fuel on the flames. The M’s offense could not keep up as they would go just 3-13 with runners in scoring position and leave 8 runners on base.

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