Aug 23, 2014; Boston, MA, USA; Seattle Mariners left fielder Dustin Ackley (13) celebrates with designated hitter Kendrys Morales (21) after hitting a home run against the Boston Red Sox during the fourth inning at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Mark L. Baer-USA TODAY Sports

Mariners Bats Quiet Again, Nats Win

Last night the Mariners lost 3-1 to the Washington Nationals and lost ground in the Wild Card picture. Kansas City and the Detroit Tigers are now tied atop the AL Central, and at the same time hold the 2nd Wild-Card spot.

The Mariners have fallen 1.5 games back for the 2nd Wild-Card spot.

Dustin Ackley smacked a solo homer in the 8th inning, but that was the extent of the Mariners’ offensive production last night at Safeco.

Roenis Elias pitched 6 innings of 2 run ball, which normally would be a solid pitching performance. However, when the M’s bats go dormant it’s near impossible for the starting pitcher to notch a W.

The M’s finish out the series against the Nats today, hoping to get a game back and not fall any further back in the Wild-Card race. This is certainly not the time of the year to falter.

A two-run home run by Jayson Werth was the only offensive blemish for Elias.

BOX SCORE:

Washington AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Span, CF 4 1 0 0 0 0 4 .299
Rendon, 3B 4 0 1 1 0 1 2 .281
Werth, RF 3 1 1 2 1 2 0 .288
LaRoche, 1B 4 0 1 0 0 1 2 .260
Desmond, SS 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .253
Harper, LF 3 0 0 0 1 2 2 .260
Ramos, W, DH 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .288
Cabrera, A, 2B 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .246
Lobaton, C 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 .234
Totals 34 3 8 3 2 9 13 .253
Seattle AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Jackson, A, CF 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 .267
Ackley, LF 4 1 1 1 0 1 4 .258
Cano, 2B 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 .325
Morales, K, DH 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .229
Seager, 3B 4 0 1 0 0 1 1 .275
Morrison, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 .235
Taylor, C, SS 3 0 0 0 0 0 1 .310
a-Chavez, En, PH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .276
Jones, J, RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 2 .253
Sucre, C 3 0 2 0 0 0 0 .227
Totals 35 1 8 1 0 10 12 .246

a-Singled for Taylor, C in the 9th.

BATTING
2B: Rendon (34, Elias).
HR: Werth (15, 1st inning off Elias, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Desmond; Cabrera, A; LaRoche; Lobaton 3; Rendon 2; Werth 4.
RBI: Werth 2 (75), Rendon (72).
2-out RBI: Rendon.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Span; LaRoche.
GIDP: Ramos, W 2.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 6.

BATTING
HR: Ackley (10, 8th inning off Strasburg, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Chavez, En; Sucre 2; Ackley 4; Jackson, A 2; Morales, K; Seager.
RBI: Ackley (56).
2-out RBI: Ackley.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cano 2; Ackley; Jones, J.
Team RISP: 0-for-4.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Jackson, A (14, 2nd base off Strasburg/Lobaton).

FIELDING
E: Jackson, A (6, fielding).
DP: 2 (Seager-Cano-Morrison, Cano-Taylor, C-Morrison).

Washington IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Strasburg(W, 11-10) 7.2 6 1 1 0 8 1 3.49
Thornton(H, 13) 0.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.93
Soriano, R(S, 30) 1.0 2 0 0 0 1 0 2.52
Totals 9.0 8 1 1 0 10 1 3.11
Seattle IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Elias(L, 9-12) 6.0 6 3 2 2 5 1 3.97
Leone 1.0 1 0 0 0 1 0 2.34
Wilhelmsen 1.1 1 0 0 0 3 0 2.02
Furbush 0.2 0 0 0 0 0 0 3.79
Totals 9.0 8 3 2 2 9 1 3.02
IBB: Werth (by Elias).
Pitches-strikes: Strasburg 95-69, Thornton 4-3, Soriano, R 17-13, Elias 102-63, Leone 14-9, Wilhelmsen 20-14, Furbush 5-4.
Groundouts-flyouts: Strasburg 6-7, Thornton 0-0, Soriano, R 1-1, Elias 8-1, Leone 2-0, Wilhelmsen 1-0, Furbush 2-0.
Batters faced: Strasburg 29, Thornton 1, Soriano, R 5, Elias 25, Leone 4, Wilhelmsen 5, Furbush 2.
Umpires: HP: Cory Blaser. 1B: Jim Joyce. 2B: Marvin Hudson. 3B: Doug Eddings.
Weather: 63 degrees, cloudy.
Wind: 3 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:54.
Att: 32,894.
Venue: Safeco Field.
August 30, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media

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