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The Seattle Mariners may have broken a 6-game losing streak, but they have dropped their 4th series in a row. On the road at Cleveland, the Mariners barely lost two close games, but exploded for 10 runs for an exclamation point win. Prior to Sunday’s game, the M’s have been outscored 53-12 on their 6-game skid.
The Mariners are still 2nd in the American League West buoyed by their 13-2 start. But since April 12th, have gone 6-15 and just missed being a .500 team with a win on Sunday.
Fri, May 3 @ Cleveland L 2-1
Yusei Kikuchi put together a phenomenal start with a 3 hit 7 inning game. He allowed just 1 run in the game, and sent 10 Indians batters to the bench on strikeouts. Outdueled by Kikuchi, former UC Santa Barbara Gouchos and current Indians pitcher Shane Beiber had a strong 7 2/3rd innings to keep his team in the game.
“Yusei did a great job, the best we’ve seen since he’s been a Mariner,” manager Scott Servais said. “He continues to grow and I thought he was great tonight.”
Jay Bruce would get the only Mariner’s run in the 4th inning with a solo homer, his 10th of the year. But that would be about it as the M’s went 8-34 with 8 runners left on base.
Anthony Swarzak would be the M’s bullpen meltdown of the day as he came into a tie game in the 9th inning and proceeded to allow a two out pinch-hit single to Tyler Naquin. Naquin would get mobbed by his teammates as his walk off single scored the winning run.
Sat, May 4 @ Cleveland L 5-4
More solo home runs would dot the sky as four Mariners would get homers scoring all 4 runs on the board. With one swing, the good done by the M’s was undone. Edwin Encarnacion (9), Daniel Vogelbach, Dylan Moore (2), and Tim Bechkam (7) increased the M’s league leading home run total, but once again the bullpen couldn’t keep their end of the bargain.
Unfortunately, the Indians 1st baseman Carlos Santana would take the Mariners bullpen for a ride in the 8th inning for the go ahead run. Connor Sadzeck would earn the blown save as he would watch Santana’s 411-foot 2 run shot. All the blame cannot be placed on Sadzeck as Roenis Elias and Mike Leake had uneven pitching performances themselves.
Sun, May 5 @ Cleveland W 10-0
For the first time in weeks, the M’s put it all together. Rookie Erik Swanson would get his 1st win as he put together 6 shutout innings and the M’s bats came alive. Even the bullpen would put together a strong 3 inning shut out performance.
Jay Bruce would get his 11th homer of the year with a grand salami (8th of his career) in the 1st inning. From there it was pedal to the metal action as Mitch Haniger and Edwin Encarnacion would get in on the home run fun.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) May 5, 2019
Rookie Braden Bishop would get his 1st MLB hit in the 3rd inning and his 1st RBIs with a 2 run single in the 5th inning. The former University of Washington Husky was treated to a dousing officially welcoming him to the MLB squad.