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The Seattle Mariners were on a path to win a 100+ games this season, but then a terrible thing happened. They went a stretch of a week and a half where they only won a couple games. They lost a +19 run differential and were facing a deficit for this second half. While run differential isn’t the only determinate of teams strength, it is a red flag for a team who was on top of the world just weeks ago. Luckily, the M’s had the opportunity to face the downtrodden Chicago White Sox.
— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) July 23, 2018
Jul 20 vs Chi White Sox W 3 – 1
Wade LeBlanc grabbed his 6th win in a fantastic 7 and 1/3 gem of a game. LeBlanc allowed just one run to outlast the Chi-Sox’s James Shields who had a decent outing of his own. LeBlanc had 10 strikeouts and allowed just one walk as he is showing a resurgence and having perhaps his best year in his 10 year career.
Nelson Cruz would help LeBlanc win the day as he had a sac fly in the 1st inning to score Dee Gordon and a single in the 8th for his second RBI.
Jul 21 vs Chi White Sox L 5 – 0
Chalk this up as “same old story” as Felix Hernandez did enough to keep the M’s in the game, but he offense went missing. The King went 3 innings of decent ball but fell apart in the 4h giving up 4 runs. Unfortunately, the M’s couldn’t muster any more than 2 hits and zero runs to show for it this day. The King went 5 innings with 7 strikeout and just 2 walks. If not for that 4th inning, the M’s were in this game.
Jul 22 vs Chi White Sox W 8 – 2
The bats finally came alive especially in the form of one Ryon Healy. Healy hit a pair of 3 run dingers and gave Maroco Gonzales his 11th win. Healy was the engine that ran a 5 run 1st inning then was the capstone to the game with an 8th inning homer—his 20th on the season.
Marco Gonzales would throw 6 and 1/3 innings allowing just 4 hits and 2 runs. He was able to strike out 6 while offering just 2 walks. The former Gonzaga Bulldog is now 11-5 on the season and looking to be one of the more significant trades by GM Jerry Dipoto Marco now has a 4 game winning streak.