Mariners Game Recap: Snakebitten M’s Get Swept by D-Backs


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The Arizona Diamondbacks (49-51) dominated the Seattle Mariners (46-56) on Wednesday afternoon, winning 8-2 to complete their 3-game sweep of the M’s. Patrick Corbin (2-3, 3.21 ERA) earned the win for Arizona, and Felix Hernandez (12-6, 3.02 ERA) picked up his 6th loss of the season.

King Felix was awful in his most important start of the season this afternoon for Seattle. He allowed 7 runs on 12 hits across 6.2 innings pitched. Felix fanned 7 and walked 1 while allowing a pair of home runs. Despite his impressive win tally this year, 2015 has been a disappointing season for the King. The 29-year-old right-hander has now allowed at least 7 runs in 3 of his last 11 outings. If Seattle has any hope of making a playoff push, they will need better results from their ace moving forward.

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Vidal Nuno came in to face his former club in the top of the 7th. The southpaw allowed 1 run to score on 3 hits through 1.1 innings. Fernando Rodney entered in the 9th with the M’s trailing by 6 runs. F-Rod managed to keep the Diamondbacks off the scoreboard in his lone inning of work.

Patrick Corbin was brilliant this afternoon for Arizona. The Mariners were unable to get a read on Corbin, and managed to score just 1 run on 3 hits across 6 innings. The 26-year-old lefty struck out 6 and walked 2. Addison Reed was called on in the 7th, and he did not fare quite as well against the M’s bats. Reed allowed 1 run on 3 hits across 2 innings. Josh Collmenter hurled a scoreless 9th to clinch the win and the series sweep for the D-Backs.

Obviously, it was a relatively quiet day for the Mariners offensively. However, Brad Miller had a nice ballgame, going 2 for 4 with 1 RBI. Much like Mike Zunino, Crazy Legs appears to be benefiting from the tutelage of Edgar Martinez. Miller is hitting .261 this month, and has now registered multiple hits in 3 of his last 4 games. Franklin Gutierrez continues to impress in limited opportunities, and he finished 1 for 4 with a double and an RBI.

Welington Castillo was the catalyst for the D-Backs today. The former Mariner went 2 for 3 with 2 home runs, 3 RBI’s and a walk. Paul Goldschmidt had another nice game, finishing 2 for 5 with 2 RBI’s. David Peralta came through with a key 2-run triple in the 7th. A.J. Pollack went 3 for 5 with a double, 1 RBI and 2 runs scored this afternoon.

Jul 29, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher Felix Hernandez (34) watches Arizona Diamondbacks catcher Welington Castillo (7) round the bases after surrendering a solo homer during the fourth inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

This series was painful for the Mariners and their fans. Just when it was looking like Seattle was finally playing like a contender, they get swept by the Diamondbacks at home. It’s not just that they were swept, but what is most alarming is the fashion in which they lost. Getting blown out is never fun, but the fact that King Felix allowed 7 runs again makes this loss even worse. This season is quickly slipping away, and the Mariners have no one to blame except themselves. 2015 will undoubtably go down as one of the most disappointing campaigns in M’s history.

With Wednesday’s loss, Seattle has fallen to 10.5 games back of the American League West leading Los Angeles Angels and Houston Astros. The Mariners are also 7 games back in the hunt for the wildcard. It will take a miracle for the M’s to make the postseason in 2015.

The Seattle Mariners (46-56) will begin a 4-game weekend series with the Minnesota Twins (52-48) on Thursday night in Minneapolis. First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 pm from Target Field. J.A. Happ (4-5, 4.27 ERA) will get the ball in what could potentially be his final start with the Mariners. Phil Hughes (9-6, 3.93 ERA) will be on the bump for the upstart Twins. Root Sports Northwest will carry the game live locally, and subscribers can watch worldwide on connected devices.

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