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The Seattle Mariners stumbled out of the gates this weekend and paid the price. With two losses the M’s are now 3 1/2 games back from the Astros for the AL West lead. While dropping 2 games to the Rockies hurt, the M’s did get good news with the selections of Mitch Haniger, Edwin Diaz, and Nelson Cruz to the MLB All-Star game.
Jul 6 vs Colorado L 7 – 1
King Felix Hernandez just didn’t have it on Friday as he allowed 3 runs off 8 hits in the loss. The King wouldn’t be helped by an offense who left 10 on base. Denard Span was the only member of the hometown 9 who showed any life as he hit a 6th inning solo shot for the Mariners only run. The Rockies German Marquez showed a good effort in 6 innings of 1 run ball. Striking out 5 and walking none, Marquez had the M’s number.
— #SendSegura (@Mariners) July 7, 2018
Jul 7 vs Colorado L 5 – 1
Clutch hitting would elude the Mariners for the 2nd game in a row as they had 7 hits but could only score off a solo home run by Jean Segura. The M’s left 15 runners on base and were generally unable to string consecutive hits together. James Paxton had an uneven performance. Pax struck out 9 however, he also allowed 7 hits. Pax earned his 3rd loss in the 7 inning endeavor.
Jul 8 vs Colorado W 6 – 4
1st baseman Ryon Healy broke an 0-13 slump with a monster day on Sunday. In the 1st inning Healy would double to left center to drive in Mitch Haniger and Nelson Cruz. The heroics would continue to the 6th inning as he crushed a 405 homer down the left field line to score Cruz and Seagar putting the M’s ahead for good.
Wade LeBlanc struggled a bit but earned the win. LeBlanc surrendered 3 home runs but only allowed 4 total runs on 5 hits. The win is Wade’s 5 on the season as he continues to surprise in the 5th starter role.
— #SendSegura (@Mariners) July 8, 2018