Jean Jean the hit Machine wins a split for the Mariners

Photo credit: Ted S. Warren AP

A heartbreaking Tuesday loss to the San Francisco Giants was replaced with a joyful bliss as the M’s split a pair of hard fought games. In a separate instance of the good and the bad, the M’s got good starting pitching from its starters, concern continues to grow for James Paxton, who pulled himself from Tuesday’s game.  The M’s are now just 2 games ahead of Oakland for the final Wild Card spot.

Jul‎ ‎24 vs San Francisco L 4 – 3

Tuesday night saw the Giants win in the 9th inning on a Dee Gordon error. While Gordon earned an error, one does have to commend him for almost making a play that pretty much no one else in baseball could even hope to attempt. Dee Gordon was playing deep at second and he charged in on a slow roller by Pablo Sandoval. Gordon picked up the ball and tried to shovel the ball to 1st base, which had it been a better throw would have been able to get Sandoval out. Instead the ball bounced into the Mariner’s dugout and the subsequent runner on 3rd base scored the go ahead run.

As Paxton could not start, Roenis Elias was called into service by manager Scott Servais. Elias went 3 and 2/3rds innings allowing just 2 runs and striking out 5. Edwin Diaz would close out the game and earn the loss even though the run was unearned.

The M’s had 9 hits however, may of the hits were spread out and they couldn’t rally more than 3 runs. Guillermo Heredia did get a solo homer, his 3rd of the season.

‎Jul‎ ‎25 vs San Francisco W 3 – 2

In a day game in front of a sold out house, the Mariners came on top with All-Star Jean Segura hitting the go ahead RBI and starter Mike Leake picking up another solid start.

Leake would go 6 1/3rd innings with just 4 hits allowed and 2 runs. He is stuck at an 8-6 record but the former Arizona State Sun Devil is on pace to eclipse 200 innings which is exactly what he was brought in to do.

Jean Segura had a good day, in the 1st inning he hit a sacrifice fly to score Dee Gordon and then in the 8th inning, Jean Jean the Hit Machine nailed a single to center to score Guillermo Heredia for the go ahead run.

1st baseman Ryon Healy would hit is 3rd home run in the last 3 games with his 21st homer of the season. The 6’4 former Oregon Duck is just 4 homers short of his mark from lat year. M’s fans are looking for him to raise his average a bit, but he appears to be coming up big when it is needed.

 

Standings

AL West W L Pct GB
Houston 67 36 .650 0.0
Seattle 61 41 .598 5.5
Oakland 59 43 .578 7.5
LA Angels 50 52 .490 16.5
Texas 42 60 .412 24.5

 

 

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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.

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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.