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The Seattle Mariners had no business losing to the woebegone San Diego Padres this week. Back to back games saw the Mariners lose a close game and another quite handily forcing them 8 games back of the Houston Astros for the AL West lead. Losing 2 games to a 52-83 team may begin the tolling of the bell for the M”s. They do have the Athletics coming up, however, this set of games were not a confidence builder.
Aug 28 @ San Diego L 2 – 1
As is the travesty that has been his entire career, Felix Hernandez performed well and got no help from his cohorts. The King logged 9 strikeouts over 7 innings with only 2 runs given up. The M’s accrued 8 hits but managed just one measly run.
Rookie Jacob Nix made one mistake to Nelson Cruz on a solo dinger, but he would earn the win over the King who has now lost his 6th straight decision (several of which were not his fault).
Aug 29 @ San Diego L 8 – 3
Erasmo Ramierez looked overmatched as he dropped 7 runs in just 3 innings. After being run out after 3, Roenis Elias came in and performed a solid 5 innings of 1 run ball; however, the damage had already been done on two early homers by Manuel Margot and Hunter Renfroe.
The Mariners came alive in the 8th with two runs, but ultimately they left 15 runners on base, and those kind of stats will not get the job done at in the MLB.