Mariners Game Recap: M’s Annihilate Indians, 9-3


The Seattle Mariners (27-32) took out 2 weeks worth of frustration on the Cleveland Indians (27-31) on Wednesday night, wining 9-3 for their second consecutive win. The M’s have now taken the first 2 games of the 3 game set, and have assured themselves their first series win since the last week of May. Taijuan Walker (3-6, 5.40 ERA) earned the victory for Seattle, and Trevor Bauer (5-3, 3.53 ERA) was credited with the loss for the Tribe.

Jun 10, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Taijuan Walker (32) throws a pitch during the first inning against the Cleveland Indians at Progressive Field. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Taijuan Walker has turned his season around over his last 3 outings. After consecutive 8 inning starts, Prince Tai pitched 6 strong innings tonight in Cleveland. Walker allowed 1 run on 8 hits while striking out 6 and walking 2. He had the ground ball pitch working, as his 6:2 groundout to fight ratio indicates. Walker’s command was reasonably good tonight, with 63 of his 92 pitches finding the strike zone. I am really impressed the way Prince Tai has steadied himself lately. Most 22-year-old’s would have crumbled after the start to the season Walker had, but he has really rallied over his last 3 outings.

The Mariners’ bullpen did a nice job on Wednesday. Joe Beimel allowed 1 run, but did a nice job pitching 2 innings for Seattle. Fernando Rodney was called on to pitch the 9th inning with a 7-run lead. Even Rodney cannot blow a 7-run lead, although he did try. The archery enthusiast allowed a leadoff single, followed by a double to give the Tribe runners on second and third with none out. After getting Carlos Santana looking, Brad Miller made a great diving snag behind him to get the second out. The runner did come into score on the play however, and made it a 9-3 game. Rodney got Brandon Moss to pop out weakly in foul territory to end the game.

Trevor Bauer was awful tonight for the Tribe. The hard throwing right-hander surrendered 6 runs on 4 hits across 3.2 innings pitched. He recorded 5 punch outs, but struggled mightily with his command. The 24-year-old UCLA alum issued 5 free passes, and just 49 of his 86 pitches were called strikes. Bauer entered Wednesday’s start with a 2.94 ERA this season, and he exited with a 3.53 ERA.

The Indians’ bullpen did not fare much better. The Tribe received solid performances from Nick Hagadone and Ryan Webb, but Austin Adams was touched up for 3 runs on 5 hits across 2 innings of work. Only 2 of Adams’ 3 runs were earned, but the M’s hit him hard tonight.

Kyle Seager went 2 for 4 with a double, home run and 5 RBI’s to lead the M’s past the Tribe. The Mariners’ third baseman’s home run was a grand salami, and really gave the rest of the team some much needed confidence. Logan Morrison extended his hitting streak to 16 games with a 2-RBI double in the 4th inning. Brad Miller had a nice ballgame at the plate, going 2 for 3 with a walk and a run scored. Austin Jackson went 1 for 3 with a walk, double and run scored. Jackson is now hitting .358 over his last 13 ballgames.

Yan Gomes once again led the way offensively for the Tribe. Gomes launched a pair of solo home runs a night ago, and he went 2 for 4 tonight. Brandon Moss and David Murphy were the only other Indians’ to record multi-hit nights on Wednesday. Zach Walters  and Giovanny Urshela were responsible for the Tribe’s runs.

Where did this Mariners’ offense come from? After failing to surpass 3 runs in a game during their last 13, Seattle exploded for 9 runs on Wednesday night in Cleveland. The M’s combined to tally 10 hits tonight, and went 5 for 10 with runners in scoring position. They were patient at plate, nursing 7 walks. Even better, the Mariners did not miss when they had good pitches to hit, recording 5 extra-base hits. The fact that all this offense occurred while Nelson Cruz was on the bench is shocking. Maybe Cruz should sit out every night…maybe not.

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Seattle has now won 3 of their last 4 games, and their position in the American League West is slowing improving. The Mariners are taking advantage of the slumping Astros, and now trail by just 6.5 games.

The Seattle Mariners (27-32) will try and sweep the Cleveland Indians (27-31) on Thursday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 9:10 am PT from Progressive Field in Cleveland. J.A. Happ (3-1, 3.31 ERA) has been a pleasant surprise for the M’s this season, and he will toe the rubber in the series finale. Veteran right-hander, Shaun Marcum (2-1, 5.19 ERA) will get the ball for the Tribe tomorrow. Root Sports Northwest will broadcast the game live, and subscribers can watch on connected devices.

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