Mariners Season Review: Top 5 Moments In June
5. Mariners Lose Longest Battle Thus Far- June 15th
Just days before this photo, Vidal Nuno looked just as dejected after giving up two hits and two walks in the sixth inning to blow a save opportunity against the Tampa Rays.
The Mariners took an early 2-0 lead into the later half of the game feeling pretty comfortable. The Rays would chip away at the lead, first getting a run back in the fourth via a sacrifice fly, and then later in the game with Nuno on the mound.
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Nuno would allow a walk and then a single that would bring in a runner that was already left on base by starter, Nathan Karns. The game was now tied at 2-2, and it would remain that way for a long time.
six more innings went by before anyone would score again. The Mariners bullpen remained unscathed, despite giving up six combined walks after the tying run crossed the plate. Their luck however didn’t continue in the thirteenth inning, as Mike Montgomery was warming up to shut down the Rays.
Montgomery started off well, striking out the first batter with just four pitches. After that, it all fell apart. The next man at the plate would triple. Then he would hit the next batter on the very first pitch. He followed that poor control with more poor control, walking the next batter and loading the bases.
There was still just one out and the Mariners and Montgomery were in a serious jam. Pitching carefully to Logan Morrison, Montgomery reached a full count. With nowhere to put him, Montgomery needed a strike. He didn’t get it. It was ball four, sending the runner from third on a pleasant stroll to home for the walk-off walk.
The game lasted four hours and thirty-eight minutes. It must have felt like the longest game of the Mariners lives. To be up, only to see the lead squandered away. It was loses like this one that made June the most frustrating month all year.