Mariners Game Recap: LoMo Leads M’s to Victory
The Seattle Mariners (58-68) took a page out of the Oakland A’s (55-72) playbook on Tuesday, coming back from a 5-0 deficit to win the game. Shockingly, the M’s bullpen carried the team to victory tonight. Edgar Olmos (1-0, 0.00 ERA) was phenomenal en route to earning his first career win. Jesse Chavez (7-13, 4.00 ERA) took the loss for Oakland. Tom Wilhelmsen shut the door in the 9th to pick up his 4th save of the season.
Just like the Mariners on Monday, Oakland jumped out to an early 5-0 lead. The A’s plated 1 run in the 1st, and added another 4 runs in the 2nd. Seattle cut into the A’s lead in the 4th, scoring 3 runs. The M’s pushed ahead in the 5th, scoring another 3 runs to take a 6-5 lead.
If you missed the first twenty minutes of tonight’s game, chances are you missed Mike Montgomery entirely. The 26-year-old southpaw allowed 5 runs on 7 hits across just 1.1 innings. Command was a huge problem for Monty, as he continuously fell behind hitters. He has now posted a 9.00 ERA over his last 9 starts. At this point, I’m not sure Montgomery finishes the season in the Mariners’ starting rotation.
Edgar Olmos entered the game in the 2nd inning, and proceeded to pitch 3.2 innings of shutout baseball. Olmos was not perfect, but overall, he did a great job stopping the bleeding for Seattle. Logan Kensing was called on in the 6th, and exited after pitching 1.2 innings shutout innings. Carson Smith finished the job in the 7th, and held the A’s off the scoreboard in the 8th to preserve the M’s slim lead. Tom Wilhelmsen allowed the tying run to reach second base, but worked out of danger to secure the win.
It was Logan Morrison‘s 28th birthday on Tuesday, and ironically, he gave Mariners’ fans a present this evening. LoMo clubbed a 2-run home run to right field in the 4th inning. Morrison has handled this season with class, and it was great to see him come through with a big hit on his birthday.
Nelson Cruz extended his on base streak to a remarkable 35 games this evening. Cruz finished 1 for 4 with a home run, 1 RBI, a walk and 2 runs scored. Austin Jackson is currently involved in trade rumors, but he did not let that get him down tonight. AJ went 2 for 4 with a double and 2 RBI in what could be one of his final games in Seattle. Ketel Marte was a spark plug at the top of the lineup, finishing a home run short of completing the cycle. Robinson Cano had another nice night, going 2 for 4 with a double and an RBI.
Jesse Chavez allowed 6 runs on 8 hits across 4.2 innings of work. The 32-year-old right-hander struck out 3, walked 2 and served up a pair of long balls. Chavez had trouble throwing strikes, as a mere 48 of his 74 pitches found the zone. Fernando Abad entered in the 5th, and pitched 1.1 innings of shutout ball. Fernando Rodriguez ran into some trouble in the 8th, but managed to get out of it to tally 2 scoreless innings tonight.
Billy Burns led the way hitting out the leadoff spot for Oakland, going 3 for 5 with a stolen base and 2 runs scored. Marcus Semien had the night off on Monday, but he came back with a vengeance on Tuesday. The A’s shortstop went 1 for 3 with a 2-run home run. Billy Butler went 2 for 2 with a double and a pair of walks. Danny Valencia, Josh Phegley and Josh Reddick contributed an RBI each to the Athletics’ cause.
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Despite picking up the win tonight, Seattle remains 11.5 games back of the Houston Astros in the American League West. The Mariners trail by 7 games in the wildcard race.
The Seattle Mariners (58-68) will host the Oakland A’s (55-72) in the series finale on Wednesday afternoon at Safeco Field. First pitch is scheduled for 12:40 pm from the corner of Edgar & Dave. Felix Hernandez (14-8, 3.74 ERA) will get the ball for the Mariners in the rubber match, and Chris Bassitt (1-5, 2.48 ERA) will toe the rubber for the A’s. Root Sports Northwest will broadcast the game live locally, and MLB.tv subscribers can watch worldwide on connected devices.
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