Mariners dishonor Edgar Martinez HOF weekend by getting swept

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I wish I could say that I am surprised, but I am not. On a weekend that paid homage to the greatness that was Edgar Martinez, we saw probably the worst Mariners team ever to be fielded since the 2010 Mariners teams that racked up 101 losses. Maybe that isn’t fair to say? Maybe we have to take into consideration the M’s margin of loss was pretty low. In fact, they did not set the record for being no-hit the most in a season. And neither did they (yet) set the record for losing by double digits in a year.

What we did see though is a team whose record correctly evaluates their talent level with just 48 wins and dwelling in a cellar all their own.  Edgar Martinez was honored this weekend as it was announced that a statue of the legend will be erected in the 2020 season. I feel bad for the Mariner legend who was one of the greatest right handed batters having to watch this M’s squad strike out 38 times in 3 games. It was tough enough for me to watch.

8/9         vs            Tampa Bay          L              5 – 3

Game 1 was actually pretty promising at first, one of the few pitchers who may actually be here in a couple years, in Marco Gonzales, had a fine outing with 6 1/3rd innings of 2 run ball. He struck out 9, but he did allow 9 base runners.

The Mariners continued to “control the zone” by striking out 15 times. At least this time they did get some hits. While putting the game in motion is lost on this squad, they managed to get a 3-2 lead into the 9th. The bullpen (as we have seen all year) had another meltdown as Anthony Bass allowed 3 runs sending the M’s to the showers with another loss on their hands.

8/10       vs            Tampa Bay          L              5 – 4

Former Mariner catcher Mike Zunino drilled a 436 foot homer for a 2 run shot in the 5th to give the Rays a lead. The current M’s catcher Omar Narvarez tried to match his feat with a homer of his own in the 5th. Unfortunately, the M’s continued their habit of “controlling the zone” (at this point you understand I am being sarcastic) by striking out 15 times!

The M’s would get 9 hits but it wouldn’t be good enough to help out starting pitcher Tommy Milone who would drop his 7th loss as he allowed 3 home runs and 5 runs.

8/11       vs            Tampa Bay          L              1 – 0

The M’s bats continued to be wretched as they managed a feeble 3 hits. Granted Tampa’s Ryan Yarbrough is a good pitcher and the M’s only struck out 8 times. However, they would get just the 3 base-runners and any attempt to put the game in motion failed. In the 3rd Dee Gordon attempted to steal 2nd but got thrown out by Zunino.

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