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May has been an awful month for the Seattle Mariners. With a sweep by the Oakland Athletics this weekend, the M’s are now 5-15 in the month. The offense which carried the M’s early in the season disappeared and the team’s weakness—pitching—reared its ugly head yet again.
The sweep would make the M’s win-less on their 6-game road trip, a franchise worst since going 0-7 in July of 2010.
“It was a bad road trip,” manager Scott Servais said. “All different games. Some we didn’t pitch well, defense not that good, or not getting hits. When that happens, you can’t put a good game together.”
May 24 @ Oakland L 6 – 2
Wade LeBlanc allowed 5 hits and 4 runs putting the M’s in the hole. He was chased after allowing Matt Olson and Mark Canha homers. The A’s pitching wasn’t dominant as they allowed 8 walks and 10 hits, unfortunately, the M’s would leave a gut wrenching 15 men left on base.
“They caught a couple of mistakes and those didn’t come back,” LeBlanc said. “I have to make better pitches. Two mistakes left the yard.”
The M’s got a lot of hits, Domingo Santana went 3-5 with a run and an RBI. It couldn’t compare though to Stephen Piscotty, Matt Olson, and Mark Canha who would combine for 5-10 batting, with 4 runs, 3 homers, and 5 RBI between them.
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May 25 @ Oakland L 6 – 5
Santana would have another strong outing with a 2-4 night, with 2 solo homers. Mitch Haniger would go 2-4 as well, with a homer, and 2 RBIs. Unfortunately, it wouldn’t be enough as the M’s would lose yet again. The M’s again would get a lot of hits (9) but lack the clutch ability to gather more runs.
Kyle Seager would make his season debut after a 2 month absence from a tendon injury on his left hand suffered in spring training.
“It feels good to be out there. It was a lot of fun being around the guys and competing,” Seager said. With his 1,156th appearance for Seattle, he moved past Harold Reynolds into seventh place in club history for games played.
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Yusei Kikuchi would have a tough go of it, earning his second loss of the season. Yusei would allow 10 hits and 5 runs (4 earned) in just 3 1/3rd innings. This was Yusei’s 3rd appearance against the A’s in 3 different parks (Tokyo, Seattle, and now Oakland).
May 26 @ Oakland L 7 – 1
Mike Leake would get the loss again with 5 runs allowed over 6 and 2/3rd innings. He allowed only 3 hits and 3 walks, but the clutch hitting of Oakland would be the ruination of Leake.
Manager Scott Servais would flip out in the 7th inning as frustration clearly came to a head. Servais called for a replay after a hard side by Canha upending JP Crawford. The umpires conferred and decided that the call was to be upheld as a legal slide. Service stormed out of the dugout and complained to crew chief Mike Everitt for a couple minutes before getting ejected. Servais was correct about the evaluation of the play, but losing teams always have excuses.
“Clearly J.P. got taken out on the play,” Servais said. “He couldn’t finish the play. They thought differently in New York than what I thought. When you argue replay it’s not going to go well.”
Looking at the replays of that play at second … Mariners weren't happy Canha was running on the grass and not the baseline. And then felt he didn't slide to the base. pic.twitter.com/Vqcv40JJ0b
— Ryan Divish (@RyanDivish) May 26, 2019