Mariners score just 4 runs in Washington, drop 2 of 3 games to the Nationals

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Mariners score just 4 runs in Washington, drop 2 of 3 games to the Nationals

The good news is that the Seattle Mariners got their 1st win ever in Washington DC on Thursday afternoon. The bad news is that the Mariners were outscored 19-4 over the 3 game series. The Mariners malaise that overtook them last weekend continued as the MLB’s most potent offense took Mariner pitching apart.

May 23rd@ Washington L 10 – 1

May 24th @ Washington L 5 – 1

May 25th @ Washington W 4 – 2

No hope early on

On Tuesday, M’s pitcher Christian Bergman was light up for 10 runs. Bergman served up 4 home runs over the course of 4 innings. The former Rockies pitcher couldn’t get anybody out and now owns a conflated 6.30 ERA.

Wednesday, Sam Gaviglio found himself giving up 5 runs, however, not all of it is his fault as in the 1st inning a Jean Segura error made a bad situation worse allowing for 4 unearned runs.

Return of Cano

The Mariners welcomed back Robinson Cano this week. Cano went 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI in Wednesday’s 5-1 loss to the Nationals. Cano was on the 10 day disabled list with a strained right quadriceps. His playing time went to Taylor Motter while he was out. There is no small coincidence in the M’s office production went south while Cano was out. The 10 games that he was out the M’s were outscored 49-22.

After an 0-for-3 showing Tuesday in his first game off the DL, Cano found his swing again. The 34-year-old now sports a .303/.365/.535 slash line on the season with eight homers and 29 RBI in 36 games. Cano resumes batting .296/.362/.533 with eight home runs and 28 RBI in 152 plate appearances on the season.

SSU player of the series

Ariel Miranda performed admirably. In a season depleted of pitching, this former Oriole looked strong through 5 innings and helped shut down the potent Nationals offense. Slated as the 5th pitcher on this team, Miranda has been tasked to deliver above his pay grade and he has performed admirably.

Miranda Opp Score Dec IP H R ER BB K ERA WHIP
May 25th @WAS W 4-2 W 5.0 3 2 2 3 4 4.22 1.26

 

Next side up

 The M’s head to Boston to take on the Red Sox in a 3 game series at Fenway.

Standings

AL West W L Pct GB
Houston 31 16 .660 0.0
LA Angels 25 25 .500 7.5
Texas 24 23 .511 7.0
Oakland 21 25 .457 9.5
Seattle 21 27 .438 10.5

 

 

Injuries

  • Ryan Weber
    • 10-day-dl Right biceps strain
  • Hisashi Iwakuma
    • 10-day-dl Right shoulder inflammation
  • Evan Marshall
  • 60-day-dl Strained right hamstring
  • James Paxton
    • 10-day-dl Strained left forearm
  • Mitch Haniger
    • 10-day-dl Strained right oblique
  • Evan Scribner
    • 60-day-dl Right flexor bundle strain
  • Felix Hernandez
    • 10-day-dl Right shoulder bursitis
  • Shae Simmons
    •  60-day-dl Flexor strain, right forearm
  • Shawn O’Malley
    • 60-day-dl Right shoulder tendinitis
  • Drew Smyly
    • 60-day-dl Left arm flexor strain
Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He’s a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.

 

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