photo credit: Toronto Star
The Seattle Mariners sent many Canadians back across the border bummed out that their Blue Jays dropped the series to the hometown 9. It was an electric weekend filled with the return of a King, far too many opposing fans, and some sweet black and white jerseys.
8/23 vs Toronto W 7 – 4
Omar Narvaez and JP Crawford helped out returning Mariner pitcher Justus Sheffield with a pair of solo shots. The former New York Yankee made his return to the big league squad having been tucked away in the minors since April 26th. Sheffield’s start was a bit rocky as he managed just 4 innings allowing 7 hits and 3 runs.
“I felt good all night. I felt like I threw some pretty good pitches and felt like I mixed in and out pretty well and stuck with the game plan,” Sheffield said. “I left some pitches over the plate and mistakes get hit here. Learning curve but ready to get back out there and have a better showing next time.”
Another newcomer from the minors, outfielder Jake Fraley got his 1st MLB hit. Fraley is one of the top prospects in the minor league system and considered to have Mitch Haniger-like tools.
“It’s good to get it out of the way. Now it’s go time. I don’t have to worry about it or focus on it,” Seattle outfielder Jake Fraley after getting his first major league hit in the second inning.
8/24 vs Toronto L 7 – 5
The King, Felix Hernandez made is return and in true Mariner fashion, Felix had a good game only to watch a woebegone bullpen steal defeat from the jaws of victory. The M’s fans were chanting “Happy Felix Day!” and the familiar “K! K! K! K!….” drowning out the visiting fan contingent. The King proved for 5 2/3 inning that this is his house. Felix returning from shoulder injury showed that he still has it as he allowed just 2 runs while striking out 4 batters.
“People want to write him off and everything else, but when the bell rings and if he’s got enough in the tank to go out there and compete, he does a heck of a job,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “Too bad we didn’t get him the win tonight.”
A miserable bullpen failed to live up to the legend’s status as 5 relievers went 3 1/3 innings getting lit up for 5 runs off of 4 hits. King Felix has maybe just 5 more starts left in his Mariners career, hopefully the remainder go better than this disaster.
8/25 vs Toronto W 3 – 1
Marco Gonazlez got to his 14th win on Sunday with a spectacular effort. Seeing as how bad the M’s bullpen has been all season, he decided that this time he would take matters into his own hands with a 7 inning 1 run performance. In his last six starts at home, the left-hander is 5-0, posting a 2.14 ERA and going at least six innings and allowing two or fewer runs each time
“Marco brought his A-game today,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “He was outstanding. Had a lot of crispness and ride to his fastball today. … Great effort. He had all of his pitches working.”
Dylan Moore would be the hearo on the day as he hit a solo shot in the 3rd to give the M’s the lead. Kyle Seager would have an RBI double and in the 7th Omar Narvaez would have a sac fly to score Austin Nola to preserve the game.