Mariners Bullpen Blows Lead, M’s Skid at Six


Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

I’m going to take a different approach today. By now, you all saw the game. You don’t need me to tell you what happened. I’m going to tell you why I still believe that this team will ultimately be okay and finish the season above .500.

What I saw in this game today offensively, gives me hope. Don’t get me wrong, there is still room for improvement.

But the two runs scoring on sac flies, batters moving the runners along, productive outs. That was encouraging to see.

Brandon Maurer pitched well. We may need him to make at least one more start. What I saw out of him gives me hope add we wait to get Hisashi Iwakuma, James Paxton and Taijuan Walker back.

The Mariners bullpen is flat overworked. But I believe Lloyd McClendon has mismanaged the pen this far.

Dominic Leone and Joe Beimel should have and could have pitched longer. Mac used to manage a National League team, he should know how to utilize the 9th spot in the order effectively.

Instead, he liked like an American League manager that didn’t know how to set a lineup without a DH.

Now, the Mariners head home. Felix Hernandez will be in the hill tomorrow as the M’s hope to end this six game slide against the Houston Astros.

I don’t care how many runs we win by, as long as we can get the win. Just a couple of wins will get this team headed in the right direction again.

Then we can all sleep a little better at night.




Abraham AlmonteCF400000200.221
Willie Bloomquist3B400000201.200
Robinson Canó2B412000000.268
Corey HartRF412000000.269
Brad MillerPR000000000.194
Dustin AckleyLF300100100.279
Justin Smoak1B201101000.242
Nick FranklinSS300001102.083
John BuckC201001100.231
Michael SaundersPH100000102.188
Brandon MaurerP100000000.000
Dominic LeoneP000000000.000
Joe BeimelP000000000.000
Stefen RomeroPH000000000.158
Kyle SeagerPH100000103.158
Danny FarquharP000000000.000
Charlie FurbushP000000000.000
Tom WilhelmsenP000000000.000


2B – R Cano (3, K Slowey); C Hart 2 (3, K Slowey, S Cishek)

S – B Maurer

SF – D Ackley, J Smoak

RBI – D Ackley (10), J Smoak (10)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – W Bloomquist 1, M Saunders 1, K Seager 2

Team LOB – 6


CS – R Cano (1, 2nd base by A Caminero/J Mathis)


DP – 1 (N Franklin-R Cano-J Smoak)


Christian YelichLF411000200.333
Marcell OzunaCF200002001.333
Giancarlo StantonRF310001202.303
Casey McGehee3B301001000.300
Garrett Jones1B411100102.232
Adeiny HechavarriaSS200101000.310
Dónovan Solano2B401100002.267
Jeff MathisC200001102.222
Kevin SloweyP100000000.000
Reed JohnsonPH100000002.235
Arquímedes CamineroP000000000.000
Dan JenningsP000000000.000
Carlos MármolP000000000.000
Greg DobbsPH000000000.100
Jeff BakerPH100000001.088
Mike DunnP000000000.000
Steve CishekP000000000.000


2B – C Yelich (5, C Furbush)

SF – A Hechavarria

RBI – G Jones (9), A Hechavarria (4), D Solano (1)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – G Jones 1, D Solano 1, R Johnson 1

GIDP – G Stanton

Team LOB – 7



Brandon Maurer4.12112400.922.08
Dominic Leone1.11001201.030.93
Joe Beimel(HLD, 2)0.10000001.181.93
Danny Farquhar(HLD, 2)0.20001001.030.93
Charlie Furbush(HLD, 5)0.11110001.676.00
Tom Wilhelmsen(L, 0-1)(BS, 2)1.00112001.774.91


Kevin Slowey5.03220301.274.15
Arquímedes Caminero1.11000101.509.64
Dan Jennings0.11002102.052.45
Carlos Mármol0.10000101.094.91
Mike Dunn(W, 1-2)1.00000101.777.36
Steve Cishek(SV, 3)1.01001200.830.00

IBB – G Stanton (by T Wilhelmsen)

Pitches-strikes – B Maurer 63-36; D Leone 25-17; J Beimel 1-1; D Farquhar 15-7; C Furbush 5-3; T Wilhelmsen 26-11; K Slowey 57-42; A Caminero 15-11; D Jennings 19-10; C Marmol 3-3; M Dunn 10-7; S Cishek 28-15

Ground balls-fly balls – B Maurer 6-2; D Leone 2-0; J Beimel 1-0; D Farquhar 1-1; C Furbush 1-1; T Wilhelmsen 1-2; K Slowey 6-6; A Caminero 1-2; D Jennings 0-0; C Marmol 0-0; M Dunn 1-1; S Cishek 1-1

Batters faced – B Maurer 16; D Leone 6; J Beimel 1; D Farquhar 3; C Furbush 2; T Wilhelmsen 6; K Slowey 18; A Caminero 4; D Jennings 4; C Marmol 1; M Dunn 3; S Cishek 5

Game Details

Game Time: 2:58.

Umpires: HP–Ed Hickox. 1B–Lance Barrett. 2B–Dana DeMuth. 3B–Toby Basner.

Weather: 78 degrees, Cloudy.

Wind: 10 mph, Out to Left.

Attendance: 20,228.