Mariners Pitching Woes Continue, Blue Jays Take Advantage


For the Seattle Mariners, their strength of the 2014 season has been their pitching. While fighting for their potential playoff lives, this is the worst time for this season-long strength to become an Achilles heel.

James Paxton was torched for seven hits and nine runs (8 ER) in 2.2 IP while walking six, yes SIX as the Blue Jays lit up the Mariners 14-4.

In yet another seemingly must-win situation, the Mariners actually started off on the right foot. An RBI double by Robinson Cano in the top of the 1st gave Paxton a 1-0 lead before he took the mound.

However, a one-out single and back-to-back walks loaded the bases for the Blue Jays in the bottom of the 1st. Danny Valencia tripled to clear the bases and later scored on a single by Steve Tolleson. It was 4-1 Jays after one inning.

After that, it was all Blue Jays. They tacked on 10 more runs off Paxton, Tom Wilhelmsen, Brandon Maurer, Danny Farquhar and Lucas Luetge. The Mariners did manage three more of their own, but it was far too little too late.

Sep 22, 2014; Toronto, Ontario, CAN; Seattle Mariners second baseman Robinson Cano (22) reacts after Toronto Blue Jays runners advanced to second and third after a passed ball in the first inning at Rogers Centre. Mandatory Credit: Dan Hamilton-USA TODAY Sports

The Mariners needed a win to take advantage of the Royals losing their suspended game with the Indians. They Royals then won the full game after that, earning a split.

The Athletics also won, so now the Mariners sit two games back of Kansas City for the 2nd Wild-Card spot and three back of Oakland with six games to play.

The Mariners pitching staff has allowed 32 runs (the offense has only scored 8) and allowed 43 hits over the past three games. The Mariners are now 10-11 in the month of September.




Austin JacksonCF411000001.262
James JonesCF100000000.251
Dustin AckleyLF400000201.245
Stefen RomeroLF000000000.192
Robinson Canó2B201101000.321
Brad Miller2B111000000.215
Kendrys MoralesDH301000201.218
Corey HartPH-DH100000000.201
Kyle Seager3B411210003.273
Logan Morrison1B302000002.256
Justin Smoak1B100000000.202
Chris DenorfiaRF411110101.200
Chris TaylorSS401000001.280
Jesús SucreC400000001.213


2B – R Cano (36, J Happ); L Morrison (18, J Happ)

HR – K Seager (25, 6th inning off J Happ 0 on, 1 Out), C Denorfia (2, 9th inning off S Nolin 0 on, 0 Out)

RBI – R Cano (80), K Seager 2 (94), C Denorfia (5)

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – A Jackson 1, L Morrison 1, C Taylor 1

Team LOB – 6


E – C Taylor (6, throw)

Outfield assists – C Denorfia

PB – J Sucre

DP – 1 (C Taylor-B Miller-J Smoak)


José ReyesSS511100002.288
Ryan GoinsSS000000000.183
José BautistaRF333211000.288
Anthony GoseCF111110000.224
Edwin EncarnaciónDH211202100.269
Juan FranciscoPH-DH100000100.220
Dioner NavarroC311001101.277
Josh TholePH-C100000000.250
Danny Valencia3B522300300.262
John Mayberry1B411001101.278
Steve Tolleson2B413100000.253
Dalton PompeyCF-LF512000004.158
Kevin PillarLF-RF421211002.262


2B – D Valencia (16, J Paxton); J Mayberry (3, J Beimel)

3B – D Valencia (1, J Paxton)

HR – J Bautista (35, 5th inning off T Wilhelmsen 0 on, 0 Out), A Gose (2, 7th inning off D Farquhar 0 on, 0 Out), K Pillar (1, 6th inning off L Luetge 1 on, 2 Out)

S – S Tolleson

RBI – J Reyes (49), J Bautista 2 (103), A Gose (11), E Encarnacion 2 (93), D Valencia 3 (30), S Tolleson (15), K Pillar 2 (6)

2-out RBI – J Reyes, J Bautista, E Encarnacion 2, S Tolleson, K Pillar 2

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – J Reyes 1

GIDP – K Pillar

Team LOB – 7


E – J Happ (1, throw)

Outfield assists – J Bautista



James Paxton(L, 6-4)2.27986101.203.03
Brandon Maurer1.13100201.354.81
Tom Wilhelmsen1.01110211.012.10
Lucas Luetge1.02220011.205.40
Danny Farquhar1.01110211.142.67
Joe Beimel1.02000001.151.85


J.A. Happ(W, 10-11)7.07221511.354.27
Kendall Graveman1.01110001.2010.80
Sean Nolin1.01110011.009.00

WP – J Paxton, K Graveman

Pitches-strikes – J Paxton 68-34; B Maurer 33-24; T Wilhelmsen 10-8; L Luetge 23-13; D Farquhar 11-9; J Beimel 9-6; J Happ 99-66; K Graveman 10-7; S Nolin 18-10

Ground balls-fly balls – J Paxton 5-3; B Maurer 3-1; T Wilhelmsen 0-2; L Luetge 3-2; D Farquhar 1-1; J Beimel 3-0; J Happ 11-6; K Graveman 3-0; S Nolin 1-1

Batters faced – J Paxton 20; B Maurer 8; T Wilhelmsen 4; L Luetge 5; D Farquhar 4; J Beimel 4; J Happ 29; K Graveman 4; S Nolin 4

Game Details

Game Time: 2:48.

Umpires: HP–Cory Blaser. 1B–Jim Joyce. 2B–Marvin Hudson. 3B–Doug Eddings.

Weather: INDOORS

Wind: 0 mph, .

Attendance: 15,548.