Mariners Offense Continues To Struggle, Fall Further Behind


This is a fine time for a cold snap. The Seattle Mariners are 8-10 over their last 18 games and are falling further behind the surging Kansas City Royals for the final playoff spot.

And not only is the Mariners offense suffering, the pitching is having trouble too.

The latest? Hisashi Iwakuma in perhaps his worst start of the season, allows 7 ER in just 3.1 IP as the Mariners fall to the Los Angeles Angels 8-1.

The one run, came in the 8th for Seattle, ending a scoring drought of 19 consecutive innings for the Mariners offense.

Albert Pujols was 1-for-2 with 3 RBI but left in the 3rd with an apparent hamstring injury. After the game, manager Mike Scioscia said it wasn’t as bad as they originally thought. No word on if he will play Tuesday.

Angels starter Matt Shoemaker pitched 7.2 IP allowing just five hits and the one run while walking none and striking out five. He left in the 8th after feeling discomfort in his side after throwing a pitch.

Game time temperature in LA was 91 degrees.

The Mariners are all but out of the AL West division chase, but are still hanging on by a thread to their hopes of a playoff berth for the first time since 2001.

With the loss, they are two games behind the Royals for the 2nd AL wild-card spot. Hopefully for Seattle, they can find a way to get hot in the next week, in time to storm back into the chase.

If not, Mariners fans will just have to be okay with the improvements that were made and hope for more next year.




Austin JacksonCF301000000.264
James JonesPR-CF100000001.253
Dustin AckleyLF301000101.250
Stefen RomeroLF100000000.194
Robinson Canó2B301000001.321
Chris TaylorSS100000000.290
Kyle Seager3B401000101.274
Kendrys MoralesDH400000102.218
Logan Morrison1B312000000.247
Michael SaundersRF300000001.264
Mike ZuninoC200000200.194
Humberto QuinteroC100100000.000
Brad MillerSS-2B200000000.216


2B – R Cano (34, M Shoemaker); L Morrison (16, M Shoemaker)

RBI – H Quintero (1)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – K Morales 1

GIDP – D Ackley, R Cano

Reached via catcher’s interference – B Miller

Team LOB – 4


E – R Cano (7, field)

LA Angels

Kole CalhounRF511000002.282
Mike TroutCF211003100.291
Albert Pujols1B201300000.274
Tony CampanaPR-LF311200002.333
Howie Kendrick2B401100103.292
Erick AybarSS400000002.284
David Freese3B411110100.260
John McDonald3B000000000.151
Brennan BoeschDH422110100.154
Hank CongerC300001101.221
Efrén NavarroLF-1B321001100.257


2B – A Pujols (36, H Iwakuma); H Kendrick (30, H Iwakuma)

HR – D Freese (9, 4th inning off H Iwakuma 0 on, 0 Out), B Boesch (1, 5th inning off L Luetge 0 on, 2 Out)

RBI – A Pujols 3 (97), T Campana 2 (2), H Kendrick (71), D Freese (51), B Boesch (5)

2-out RBI – A Pujols 3, T Campana 2, H Kendrick, B Boesch

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – K Calhoun 1, H Kendrick 1, E Aybar 1

Team LOB – 7


E – H Conger (6, field)

DP – 2 (E Aybar-H Kendrick-A Pujols, E Navarro-E Aybar)



Hisashi Iwakuma(L, 14-8)3.16772411.043.42
Dominic Leone0.21001001.172.20
Lucas Luetge1.01111011.505.06
Erasmo Ramírez2.01000101.545.06
Yoervis Medina1.00001101.242.29

LA Angels

Matt Shoemaker(W, 16-4)7.25110501.073.04
Joe Thatcher0.10000002.184.91
Vinnie Pestano1.01000001.383.38

IBB – M Trout (by D Leone)

Pitches-strikes – H Iwakuma 69-46; D Leone 13-5; L Luetge 17-9; E Ramirez 27-17; Y Medina 21-12; M Shoemaker 95-59; J Thatcher 11-5; V Pestano 13-7

Ground balls-fly balls – H Iwakuma 4-2; D Leone 3-0; L Luetge 2-2; E Ramirez 1-3; Y Medina 1-1; M Shoemaker 9-7; J Thatcher 0-1; V Pestano 3-1

Batters faced – H Iwakuma 18; D Leone 4; L Luetge 6; E Ramirez 7; Y Medina 4; M Shoemaker 26; J Thatcher 2; V Pestano 4

Game Details

Game Time: 2:54.

Umpires: HP–Chris Conroy. 1B–Jordan Baker. 2B–Jerry Meals. 3B–Bob Davidson.

Weather: 91 degrees, Clear.

Wind: 5 mph, Out to Right.

Attendance: 36,137.