Mariners losing streak at 4 as they get swept by the Cubs

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The Seattle Mariners are looking bad….pretty, pretty, bad. After losing a pair of games to the Texas Rangers by a combined score of 29-2, the M’s lose 2 more games by a combined score of 17-5.  To be fair game one was close, however, the vaunted Mariner offense has put up just 10 runs in 8 game is quite worrisome.

In this homestand, the True to the Blue were outscored 52-26. Seattle is the first team to lose four straight games with three of them by more than 10 runs since the 1890 Philadelphia A’s, an American Association team, in its final week of existence.

Apr 30   vs            Chi Cubs               L              6 – 5

Felix Hernandez did not have his best stuff; however, he did go 6 innings giving up 4 runs. These days, that isn’t a terrible ask for the King. Felix gave up 2 homers, but he did strike out 8 and for a change the defense helped him out. Unfortunately, the bullpen did not help him out as Brandon Brennan gave up a 440 ft two-run moonshot to Kyle Schwarber in the 8th inning.

This game was a shame as Cole Hamels did not have his “A” game either as he gave up 4 runs in 5 1/3 innings.  Plenty of blame can be heaped on the M’s offense as they struck out 10 times and left 19 runners on base.

Former UW Husky Braden Bishop made his 2nd start of the season (his 1st was in Tokyo back in March) replacing a struggling Mallex Smith. Bishop should be an improvement defensively in the outfield, but unfortunately, he would go 0-3 on the night. Smith was on a 10-game hit-less streak that saw him go 0-24. Time will tell if Bishop can keep a hold of that spot while Smith is in Tacoma working on his game.

May 1    vs            Chi Cubs               L              11 – 0

Chicago’s Jon Lester had a 1 hit shutout as the M’s had a poor all around game reminiscent of this last weekend. In 7 innings he struck out 8 batters and walked just 1. Ryon Healy would get the lone hit as the M’s went 1-29 at the plate.

Marco Gonzales lost his 1st game of the year as he got shelled for 6 runs in the 2nd inning. Another error by the M’s, this time Domingo Santana, sparked the opposing team’s offense as Marco was charged just 3 runs of those 6 runs due to poor defense. Marco however, took the blame of today’s game on himself.

“I’m just a little off-rhythm,” Gonzales said. “I’m having trouble finding the action that I needed on my pitches. Falling behind in counts, pitching through some traffic on the bases, and not controlling things I can control.”

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