Mariners continue to unload players, split series with lowly Angels

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The Seattle Mariners made news not for what the did, or failed to do, on the field rather they made news in shipping off 3 of their better players for future consideration. On the diamond, they split a series with the last place Orange county Angels of the greater Pasadena area. An exciting set of pitching performances and an extra innings game on Sunday was the highlight compared to a disappointing offensive weekend.

This weekend saw the Mariners lose Taijuan Walker to the Buffalo Blue Jays for the dreaded “player to be named later,” and lose Danny Altavilla, Austin Adams, and Austin Nola for minor leaguers. The most interesting return is Taylor Trammell an outfielder who took the Amarillo Sod Poodles to a Texas league championship. Drafted in 2016 by the Cincinnati Reds, Trammell nearly missed making a roster spot on the San Diego Padres this year. With the Mariners lack of talent, this addition fills a need and as the M’s are years away from contending, losing the veterans is almost a service to give Walker, Altivilla, Adams, and Nola a chance at chasing the pennant for teams that have a chance.

8/31/20                @ Angels            W 2-1

Marco Gonzales notched his 4th win with a complete game 1-run game. A solo homer by Justin Upton in the 2nd was pretty much the only blemish on a powerful outing. Marco struck out 8 and allowed just 1 walk in his 102 pitch performance. He was nearly perfect and needed to be as the M’s could only muster 2 runs.

“When I walked off the field in the eighth, I looked to Skip and I said, `This is my game,” Gonzales said of his exchange with manager Scott Servais. “I knew it from the first inning. I knew it from the first pitch. It was just kind of one of those things where I just want to get home. I want to be back in Seattle. A lot of emotions.”

The M’s would get one run off a Joseph Odem RBI in the 3rd to Jacob Fraley. Marmolejos would knock a solo shot in the 6th to break the tie. But aside from that, the M’s struck out 10 times against Angels pitching in a lackluster performance.

8/30/20                @ Angels            W 2-1

In an exciting extra innings game, the Mariners found a way to win on a Tim Lopes pinch hit single in the 10th that would drive in Kyle Lewis. Kyle would also be responsible for a homer that tied the game in the 7th inning.

“Not many hits, not many baserunners, not much offense today,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “But a lot of it attributed to the quality pitching and even the bullpen finishing it off the way we did.”

The M’s lack of hitting ruined a solid performance by Justin Dunn who went 6 innings allowing just 1 hit. But perhaps it is the Angels Griffin Canning who should be more upset as he went 8 innings of 1 run baseball only for his relief corps to blow it. As Mariners fans, it was nice to see it happen to the other guy for a change.

8/29/20                @ Angels            L 16-3

Justus Sheffield regressed as he was battered for 6 runs in 4 and 2/3rds innings.  The remaining reliever staff didn’t fare much better allowing 10 more runs over the course of the game. How the Angels got 16 runs with just 3 home runs and 13 hits is a testament to parade of base on balls by the M’s pitchers—11 on the day.

Mike Trout went 3-4, with 4 runs, 6 RBI, a double, and a homer. And 21 year old Jo Adell hit his first two major league homers in his career. Meanwhile the Mariners managed just 7 hits total.

8/28/20                @ Angels            L 3 -2

Nick Margevicius had another good outing as a starter. Although he took a loss he went 6 innings allowing just 2 runs. He was betrayed by an offense that was utterly shut down by the Angels Andrew Heaney who struck out 10 on his way to a 1-run 7  and 2/3rd inning game.

Albert Pujols would have an RBI double to tie George Brett for 6th all time on the doubles list. And Mike Trout would have a solo homer that sunk the Mariners.

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