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The Seattle Mariners capped their 10 game road trip in Boston, finding themselves getting swept in 3 straight games. With just 2 wins over those last 10 games, the Mariners now find themselves in a tailspin with a 20—23 record and a ½ game out of last place for the AL West.
After an illustrious 13-2 record to start the season, the M’s have only put up 7 wins over their last 21 games. The Mariners still lead the MLB in total runs scored, however, their on base percentage which was once #1 in the MLB is now a pedestrian .325—good for 14th place. The Mariners still lead the league in homers with 77 but it doesn’t make up for the woeful inadequacy of their pitching.
As evidenced by the hyper-inflated scoring by Boston, it comes as no surprise that the Mariners are 23rd in ERA (4.74), ranked 27th in batting average against (.263), and 2nd in the MLB in blown saves (8). Throw in an MLB worst 43 errors (10 more than the 2nd worst team) and it is no small wonder that the M’s have regressed.
May 10 @Red Sox L 14-1
As the Mariners dropped below .500 for the 1st time this season, the Red Sox’s win put them above .500. Mitch Moreland hit a 3 run homer while Rafael Devers and Andrew Benintendi each added a solo homer to power the BoSox offense.
Every Mariner pitcher gave up a tremendous amount of hits and all four gave up at least a run. Starter Erik Swanson allowed 7 hits for 7 runs and between Swarzak, Rosscup, and Wright in the bullpen the M’s pitchers would combine for 15 hits and 13 earned runs.
M’s rookie JP Crawford made an impression in his Mariner debut going 2-4. But unfortunately, the M’s offense would leave 8 runners on base unable to capitalize going just 1-8 with runners in scoring position.
May 11 @Red Sox L 9-5
Felix Hernandez got shelled in the 3rd inning and was subsequently pulled and put on the injured reserve list. The King had a meltdown allowing 7 runs in one inning with a Sandy Leon 3 run dinger sending Felix to the showers. Felix did become the 36th pitcher to reach 2,500 strikeouts.
“I did. Finally,” Hernandez said smiling. “Hopefully I can play a few more years to get to 3,000.”
Mariners 2nd baseman Shed Long made his debut on the big league team. Called up from Triple A Tacoma, he replaces Dee Gordon who was injured on an errant pitch on Thursday.
The Mariner offense was on display as they scored 4 times with 2 outs in the 1st. Jay Bruce would get his 12th homer, but they could not keep up with the World Series champs on the scoreboard.
May 12 @Red Sox L 11-2
Playing in a downpour, the M’s defense (or lack there of) was showcased as they pulled a keystone cops routine. While only charged with 1 error on the game, they easily could’ve been charged for 5. The Red Sox looked a bit shaky too on defense, but ultimately they handled it better than Seattle did.
“Both teams had to play in miserable conditions out there,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Obviously, not a good series for us. Rough road trip. We’ve got to get back home and kind of regroup and go from there. But it was nasty, nasty conditions out there.”
Marco Gonzales only gave up 2 earned runs, but with the high pitch count and defensive gaffs, he left the game after 4 innings. The M’s bullpen would combine to allow 7 more runs in a mostly futile attempt to stop the hot BoSox bats.
The Mariners offense could only muster 4 hits with Omar Narvaez getting a solo shot and Edwin Encarnacion’s sac fly scoring the only M’s runs on the day.