Mariners clobber and get clobbered in a series split with Texas

This weekend we saw the best the Seattle Mariners had to offer and we saw an awful lot of bad too. This is the trouble with a team like the Mainers who are so offensively driven that they can look like world beaters one game and then look like a last place team the next game (or in this case look worse than the Texas Rangers.) The Mariners have a lot to fix if they as they go into May with a very long road series against some giants of the MLB world.

Apr 25   vs            Texas    W            14 – 2

Let’s start with the good; the Mariners had a 5 run 1st inning chasing off the Rangers starter Taylor Hearn.  The Mariners didn’t need long ball as Tim Beckham was the Mariners home run.  The M’s went 14-36 on the day with Edwin Encarnacion and Ryon Healy each getting 3 hits on the day.

Marco Gonzales got his 4th win of the year on a 7 inning start where he allowed zero runs and struck out 9. Roenis Elias got a bit roughed up in relieve allowing 2 runs, but luckily it wouldn’t impact this game.

Apr 26   vs            Texas    W            5 – 4

A bases loaded grounder by Mitch Haniger in the 11th inning that won the day. The walk off fielder’s choice was enough to get the win and that is all that matters. Edwin Encarnacion did his part though as he got 4 RBI including a 434 foot shot in the 3rd inning to give the M’s a lead.

“Edwin had a big night at the plate,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “We didn’t do a lot with the bat tonight but we put together that little rally and grinded through some at-bats. Everybody chipped in on this one.”

Yusei Kikuchi only went one inning to start, so M’s fans were treated to their new hotshot prospect who came over in the Paxton deal with the Yankees. Justus Sheffield saw the mound for 3 innings and……got lit up in the 3rd inning.  Nothing too bad just a 2 run shot by Nomar Mazara, but not all debuts can be perfect.

The M’s relievers would pitch well, until Anthony Swarzak would make a mistake against former Mariner Shin-soo Choo who would take him yard for the equalizer. Luckily, the Ranger’s bullpen is not the world’s greatest as Texas’ Kyle Dowdy would have a melt down in the 11th leading to the M’s win.

Apr 27   vs            Texas    L              15 – 1

Domingo Santana got a solo homer in the 1st inning-that was nice. But this game was utterly, completely, and horrifically bad in all phases of the game. The M’s would score just the mere 1 run, allow 20 hits, 15 runs, off 3 errors.

The Mariner batters went 3-30 on the night with 16 strikeouts. Texas’ Mike Minor looked like Nolan Ryan as he cut through 13 batters on his own. On the other side, Mike Leake allowed 10 hits and 9 runs (5 earned) over 5 innings.  Relivers Mike Wright, Chasen Bradford, and Dylan Moore combined for 4 innings and 6 runs.

Apr 28   vs            Texas    L              14 – 1

Sunday looked pretty much like Saturday only 1 fewer run. The Mariners made 4 errors, allowed 17 hits and 14 runs. Again the M’s made their opposing pitcher look like a world beater as Lance Lynn went 7 innings with just 1 hit and 1 run allowed, while striking out 9. The offense would have 7 hits but just the 1 run to show for it.

Rookie Erik Swanson was lit up over his 4 innings, allowing 11 hits, 2 homers, and 9 runs (6 earned). The bullpen looked inept as they went 5 innings with 5 runs allowed.

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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.