Seattle Mariners Season Review: Top 5 Moments of May
By Adam Levi
3. Bullpen Blows Back-to-Back Saves- May 13th and 14th
The Mariners bullpen woes would be a problem throughout the year. Sure, they would have good streaks, but, far too often they would collapse. In May, there biggest collapse came one day after another slip up, causing two blown saves in two days.
On the thirteenth, the Mariners would hold a 5-1 lead going into the seventh inning. Before that, starter, Nathan Karns would be taken out it would be 5-3. By the start of the eighth the score was 6-3, but that wouldn’t last long.
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First, Joel Peralta came to the mound and gave up two runs on three hits. Then in the ninth, now up just 6-5, Steve Cishek would give up the same line and surrender the lead 7-6. The M’s would not recover after giving up the lead and would lose by that score. Unfortunately, the next night it would be more of the same.
Hisashi Iwakuma was on the mound the following day, and after 6.1 innings he left the game down 4-2. Joel Peralta had a chance to redeem himself, but would fair even worse. Without recording even one out, he allowed two more runs on three more hits. As anyone will tell you, “It’s never good to have an ERA of infinity.”
By the time Peralta left the game the score was 6-2 Angels. But, the Mariners would stage a enormous comeback to regain the lead 7-6 in the eighth.
Now it was time for Cishek to come in again, except this time he would hope to shut the door on the Angels. Alas, he too picked up where he left off the night before. He would give up three runs on two hits and a walk, handing the lead back over to the Angels.
The ball game would finish 9-7 and the Mariners would fall victim to an unsteady bullpen on back-to-back nights. It was those types of unreliable outings from the bullpen that gave away so many wins that could have put the Mariners in the post season.