Injury ravaged Mariners keep winning series, take 2 of 3 from Oakland
Photo by Patrick McDermott
Uninterested in whining about injuries, the Seattle Mariners find ways to keep games close and pull out the victories in clutch fashion. No Dee Gordan no Mitch Haniger (for a couple games) no problem. The M’s took 2 of 3 games against the Oakland Athletics and now move to 9 games above .500 with a 29-20 record. Still 2 ½ games back from the Houston Astros, the M’s are winning the games that they are supposed in the hottest start we have seen in the PNW in many many years.
Ballgame! @EdiDiaz44 slams the door again as the Mariners take another close one. FINAL: 1-0.
— Mariners (@Mariners) May 24, 2018
May 22 @ Oakland W 3 – 2
Tuesday saw another extra innings game just 2 days removed from an 11th inning thriller vs Detroit. With similar results, the M’s win it in the 10th inning off a Guillermo Heredia double to score Jean Segura for the game winner. The Mariners however, may not have been in the game at all if it weren’t for a 2 RBI dinger by catcher Mike Zunino who in the 7th inning launched a 272 foot home run off A’s pitcher Trevor Cahill.
Starter Mike Leake did yeoman’s work in a 6 2/3rd inning allowing just 2 runs—one of which was unearned. Relief pitchers James Pazos, Nick Vincent, and Edwin Diaz would go 3 innings with zero runs and only 1 hit between them.
May 23 @ Oakland W 1 – 0
The lone run on Wednesday’s game came off an Oakland error. Kyle Seager grounded to A’s shortstop Marcus Semien who bobbled the ball, allowing an M’s run scored. This rain soaked evening would also be the debut of John Andreoli in right field. The callup is filling in for Mitch Haniger and earned his 1st ever MLB hit.
The day would also show off Marco Gonzales’ talents as he went 7 shutout innings en route to a win. The former 1st round pick by St Louis allowed just 2 hits while striking out 11. He is now 4-3 on the year with a 4.05 ERA. While he had some absolute stinker this season, overall he has put together a decent season with almost a 5:1 strikeout to walk ratio.
First MLB game. First MLB hit.
— MLB (@MLB) May 24, 2018
May 24 @ Oakland L 4 – 3
Thursday was the day, that the M’s luck would run short. The M’s would rally in the 8th with Seager knocking in Haniger to put them within 1 run; however, Oakland had exploded for 4 runs in the 1st inning on Felix Hernandez putting the M’s in a hole the entire game. Had King Felix just been able to avoid that 1st inning, he did well all things considered. He lasted 6 innings with just 5 hits. Unfortunately, as is the case with his career, the M’s couldn’t come up big on offense to help him out.
SSU player of the series
Marco Gonzales is intriguing a lot of us. While his numbers aren’t eye popping, the former Gonzaga Bulldog has been steady. Gonzales has never given up more than 4 runs in a game. He has also shown a propensity to get batters to swing and foolish—he has had two 8 strike out games so far. And most importantly, he doesn’t walk people. He puts the ball in play, and lets a stellar M’s defense do their job. Keep your eye on him in games to come.