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It was about darn time, after losing 3 straight series and losing ground in the AL West, the Seattle Mariners took 2 of 3 from the Arizona Diamondbacks. While August has been difficult, the Mariners have seen a return of Robinson Cano and some ingenuity in the pitching lineups. Whether the M’s can continue this or not remains to be seen; however, what we saw this weekend give the True to the Blue some hope. The M’s are just 4 out form the wild card and 6 ½ from the AL West as we enter the last 5 weeks of ball. And with 2 series against the Oakland Athletics and one against the Houston Astros, there is hope—and with hope alive, there is still excitement form true Mariner fans.
24 Aug @ Arizona W 6 – 3
The weekend started quite well as a 5th inning outburst by the M’s put the DBacks in quite the hole. Dee Gordan would get on base then advance on a steal then score on a throwing error by Arizona’s Zack Godley. Jean Segura would knock in Mitch Haniger on the way to a 4 run 3rd inning. As well, under much scrutiny, Erasmo Ramierez won hist 1st game of the year with 6 innings of just 1 earned run to win the game. Edwin Diaz would notch his 49th save of the year good enough for the MB lead.
25 Aug @ Arizona W 4 – 3
Yet another extra inning win was the order of the day as newly acquired Denard Span hit a 406 ft homer to win the game in the 10th inning. “Frenchy” Wade LeBlanc kept the M’s in the game with a 6 inning 1 run game that saw him strike out 6 batters. Unfortunately, the DBacks pitcher Robbie Ray matched him with 5 innings of 1 run ball that held the M’s down. The good news was that the DBacks relivers would have a late meltdown. Kyle Seager double down the right field line would score Jean Segura and Andrew Romine in the 9th, setting up Span for the winner in the 10th.
26 Aug @ Arizona L 5 – 2
A 5th inning capped by a Paul Goldschmidt homer put the Mariners in a bind that they could not overcome. Mike Leak would have a disastrous 5ht that saw him surrender 5 runs. The M’s offense couldn’t keep up as Goldschmidt broke out of his slump and took the M’s to task.