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The Seattle Mariners never fail to disappoint and the proof was this week’s series against the woebegone Kansas City Royals. For the uninitiated, the Royals are bad…real bad…a miserable 26-48 making them a laughing stock of this league. But for some reason, somehow, some way, they took 2 of 3 against the 32-46 Mariners. So if the Royals are terrible and beat the Mariners? You draw your own conclusion.
This is continuation of the disaster that we did not think was going to happen after the M’s were off to a 13-2 start. Even when the M’s started losing, we figured the Ms could beat the weak sisters of the MLB; but alas, we learned this week, the M’s are the proverbial cream-puff that other teams pad their stats against. If this were college football, the M’s would be the directional state college that a power 5 team would schedule for their 1st game. If this were professional wrestling, the Mariners would be a “jobber” to make Hulk Hogan look good. If this was European soccer, the M’s would get relegated to a division of baseball (triple A?) where they could compete. But this is none of those. These are the same terrible M’s we have watched for the last 2 decades and hoping football season comes soon.
Jun 17 vs Kansas City L 6 – 4
The Mariners stole a loss from the clutches of victory on Monday as both offense and pitching had a meltdown. The M’s had a 4-2 lead in the 5th inning on the strength of a Tom Murphy homer. But then the bullpen and bats went quiet.
In the 7th, 8th, and the 9th inning the scrappy Royals managed runs to overtake and steal the victory. Jorge Solar would do the most damage with a 2 run homer in the 8th off of Anthony Bass who would collect the loss and the blown save. Once again the M’s would use an “opener” but it would do no good as all 4 Mariner’s pitchers would fail to prevent a run.
Aside from catcher Tom Murphy, most of Seattle’s hitters were feckless. They went a combined 10-35 which seems good…however, they left 9 men on base and went a paltry 2-12 with runners in scoring position.
Jun 18 vs Kansas City L 9 – 0
In grade school, you might get a “needs improvement” on your report card rather than what truly the teacher wanted to give. And in this case an “F Minus” would be the best representation of this Tuesday horror show.
Starting pitcher Yusei Kikuchi continued his downward slide as he gave up 6 runs for the 3rd time in 4 games. Kikuchi would allow 9 hits, 2 walks, and 2 homers to put hard times on the Mariners. But the fault wasn’t his alone.
The Mariner offense betrayed him going 6-33 at the plate and completely unable to get a run across the plate. The offense went 1-9 with men in scoring position and left 8 runners on base.
Jun 19 vs Kansas City W 8 – 2
Domingo Santana crushed 2 homers and drove in 5 to power the M’s to victory. This was Domingo’s 3rd multi-homer game of the season. He was joined in the hit parade by Daniel Vogelbach racked up 8 runs on an efficient 10 hits.
Give respect to Marco Gonzales who went 6 2/3rd innings of 2 run ball. He has now won 3 in a row after a 7 game losing streak. And for a change, the bullpen did alright with 2 1/3rd innings of shutout ball.
“Marco pitching well and we’re hitting homers — that’s a good formula for us,” Servais said.