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The Seattle Mariners, losers of 8 straight against their geographic arch rivals the San Diego Padres, finally broke the streak, winning on Wednesday. While the Mariners begin to take a backseat to the NFL, they can at least try and build on some momentum as they sludge through the dog days of summer.
8/6 vs San Diego L 9 – 4
Would you believe the Mariners almost got no-hit yet again? The Mariners avoided being the 1st MLB team to be no-hit 3 times in a season with an Omar Narvaez single in the 7th inning. The Padres’ Dinelson Lamet won his 1st game this year by allowing just 2 hits. The “Control the Zone” Mariners would walk 5 times while getting struck out 15 times! This means that 20 of the 37 plate appearances led to no balls in play by the #truetotheblue.
Wade LeBlanc was lit up in the 5th inning for 5 runs and Erik Swanson would get touched for 3 more in the 8th inning. The M’s found some fire in their bats finally as they would score 4 runs in the 8th inning with some slick base-running off the bungled defense by the Padres catcher Austin Hedges. But it would be too little too late for the M’s in this lost season.
8/7 vs San Diego W 3 – 2
Kyle Seager would be the hero on the day with an RBI in the 2nd inning and a solo shot in the 4th to give the M’s the close victory. Still in love with leading the MLB in strikeouts, the hometown 9 struck out 11 times.
Luckily, Yusei Kikuchi would go 5 innings with 8Ks of his own. He would allow a solo shot in the 1st, but the M’s relievers would batten down the hatches and deliver 4 more innings of 1 run ball, with 4 hits and 5 Ks between them.