Mariners Game Recap: D-Backs Bite M’s at Safeco Field


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The Arizona Diamondbacks (48-51) blew out the Seattle Mariners (46-55) 8-4 Tuesday night at Safeco Field. Zack Godley (2-0, 2.25 ERA) got the job done for the D-Backs en route to picking up the victory. Hisashi Iwakuma (2-2, 5.10 ERA) did not fare quite so well, as he was credited with the loss for Seattle.

Reports indicate that Hisashi Iwakuma is garnering significant trade interest, but tonight’s miserable outing will undoubtably kill his stock. Kuma allowed 6 runs on 10 hits across 5.2 innings against Arizona. He fanned 5 and walked 1, while allowing 1 home run. He was consistently in trouble in this one, but things got out of hand in the 6th when he allowed 3 runs to cross the plate. It’s hard to fathom anyone offering anything for the 34-year-old right-hander, but hopefully the Mariners are able to move him prior to the trade deadline on Friday.

David Rollins was called on to relieve Kuma in the 6th, and he had trouble slowing down the D-Backs attack. Rollins surrendered a pair of runs in 1.2 innings pitched. Joe Beimel held the Diamondbacks off the scoreboard through 0.2 innings. Tom Wilhelmsen hurled a scoreless 9th, striking out 1 and walking 1.

Zack Godley allowed 3 runs to score on 7 hits across 6 innings in just his second career start. He struck out 4, walked 3 and served up 2 home runs. Godley was extremely hittable tonight, but the M’s failed to capitalize on their opportunities. The 25-year-old right-hander may not have ace type stuff, but he is off to a great start with Arizona.

Andrew Chafin and David Hernandez combined to pitch a pair of perfect innings in the 7th and 8th for Arizona. Josh Collmenter was far from perfect in the 9th, allowing 1 run on 2 hits. However, the huge lead the D-Backs had built up was insurmountable.

Jul 28, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners catcher Mike Zunino (3) runs the bases after hitting a solo-homer against the Arizona Diamondbacks during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

Brad Miller led the way offensively for the M’s on Tuesday. Crazy Legs went 2 for 3 with a double, 2 RBI’s, 2 runs scored and a walk. Mike Zunino looks like a whole new hitter these days, and he went yard tonight in the 3rd inning. Edgar Martinez has been invaluable to Z, and his batting average has risen nearly 30 points during his current 8-game hitting streak. Nelson Cruz clubbed his 26th home run of the year tonight for Seattle in the 6th inning. Mark Trumbo continues to impress against his former team, as he finished 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored.

The D-Backs seemed to get valuable contributions from nearly everyone in their lineup this evening. David Peralta went 3 for 4 with a double, 2 RBI’s and a walk. Ender Inciarte had a great game, going 2 for 4 with a home run and 2 RBI’s. Any Diamondbacks’ victory is likely to promentientley feature Paul Goldschmidt, and the star first baseman went 2 for 5 with 2 runs scored in this one. Jake Lamb had a nice night in front of his friends and family. The Seattle product went 2 for 3 with 2 runs scored and a walk.

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Tonight’s loss did not help the Mariners standing in the American League West. Seattle sits in 4th place, 10 game back of the Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros. The M’s are also 7 games out in the wildcard race. The Mariners’ ship is sinking fast, and I’m not sure there is enough time left to bail them out.

The Seattle Mariners (46-55) will hope to avoid being swept by the Arizona Diamondbacks (48-51) Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field. First pitch is scheduled for 12:40 pm from the corner of Edgar & Dave. Felix Hernandez (12-5, 2.69 ERA) will get the ball for the M’s, and Patrick Corbin (1-3, 3.68 ERA) will toe the rubber for Arizona. Root Sports Northwest will carry the game live locally, and subscribers can watch worldwide on connected devices.

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