Mariners and Giants split series: When is Game 5?

FelixIt was a strange 4 game series for the Seattle Mariners and San Francisco Giants, playing almost like a playoff series with 2 games in the Bay and 2 games at home in Seattle. If it were a playoff series, we’d be looking at game 5 on Friday night as the ultimate result was a 2-2 draw.

The Mariners starting rotation stepped it up this series, providing 4 very solid starts. Taijuan and Felix were absolutely dominant, while Happ turned in a 6 IP 3 ER performance on Tuesday. Wrapping up the series was the surprising Montgomery, who has consistently impressed since his promotion. He had an off night, allowing 4 runs, but ultimately wound up pitching 7.1 innings in what was a pretty solid effort.

While the starting pitching was very solid, if not excellent, the bullpen and offense dropped the ball. Tom Wilhelmsen had a rough series, pitching twice for a total line of 1 IP, 3 H, 5 ER, 3 BB and only 1 K. In his second appearance, he didn’t even record an out.

The offense continues to struggle, which is no surprise due to roster construction mistakes. Nelson Cruz is regressing towards the mean and in the middle of a quiet stretch, bringing his numbers back more in line with the career line we know. Robinson Cano’s slight run of offense has stalled, and his bat has gone largely quiet again.

Mark Trumbo has been an absolute DISASTER, providing absolutely nothing since his acquisition. 8-44 with 0 HR and 1 RBI since he was acquired from the DBacks for his offense. Tremble before his bat!

Altogether, considering the disaster the Mariners have been behind the pitchers, it’s pretty incredible they were able to take 2 of this series. The Giants are the model that the Mariners should be following, as they too play in a pitcher’s park. They emphasize pitching and defense, which has clearly been successful for them. The Mariners and Jack Z’s roster management have tried to use power in a stadium that’s completely unfriendly to it, resulting in the disaster-in-progress that is the Mariners.

Games Recap


Monday, June 15th

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle Mariners
1 0 0 0 2 0 0 1 1 5 12 0
San Francisco Giants
0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 7 1

Offensive Highlights

HR – Seager (11)

Winning Pitcher:

Taijuan Walker – 7.0 IP, 7 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 6 K. (4-6)

Losing Pitcher:

Tim Hudson – 5.0 IP, 8 H, 3 ER, 1 BB, 3 K. (4-6)


Tuesday, June 16th

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Seattle Mariners
0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 2 5 0
San Francisco Giants
0 2 0 0 1 0 0 3 X 6 9 1

Offensive Highlights

HR – Miller (6)

Winning Pitcher:

Tim Lincecum – 5.2 IP, 5 H, 2 ER, 4 BB, 3 K. (7-3)

Losing Pitcher:

J.A. Happ – 6.0 IP, 7 H, 3 ER, 2 BB, 5 K. (3-3)


Wednesday, June 17th

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco Giants
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 4 1
Seattle Mariners
0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 X 2 4 1

Offensive Highlights

2B – Cano (17)

Winning Pitcher:

Felix Hernandez – 8.0 IP, 4 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 5 K. (10-3)

Losing Pitcher:

Madison Bumgarner – 8.0 IP, 4 H, 2 R, 1 BB, 9 K. (7-4)

Save:

Carson Smith (3)


Thursday, June 18th

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
San Francisco Giants
0 3 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 7 10 0
Seattle Mariners
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 5 0

Offensive Highlights

N/A

Winning Pitcher:

Ryan Vogelsong – 6.2 IP, 3 H, 0 R, 2 BB, 6 K. (5-5)

Losing Pitcher:

Mike Montgomery – 7.1 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 1 K. (1-2)


SSU Player of the Series:

Felix Hernandez – He showed his true strength and ability to shake off his record-breaking terrible outing last time around. Proceeding to out-pitch one of the best pitchers in the NL in Madison Bumgarner was quite impressive. Glad to see Felix back on his game. 

Next Side Up:

Friday night kicks off a 3 game series against the Astros at home in Safeco Field. Roenis Elias takes the mound at 7:10 PM PST, against the suddenly mortal ‘Stros, who have been losing ground in 1st place of the AL West steadily over the past 2 weeks.

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Matt Paige is the Baseball Managing Editor and a regular contributor on SSU TV and for Seahawks Football. He also writes the column "The Call-Up" and is a rabid fan of all teams Seattle (Except the Huskies. Go Ducks!).