4. Cishek Wildly Blows The Game- June 23rd
Steve Cishek had an up and down year, but in June, it became clear that the closers’ role isn’t the best fit for him. He had blown two saves and two leads before this game, but today’s give away lose would take the cake.
The Mariners battled back from down 4-1 thanks the the power of three solo home runs. The momentum was in their favor. Not a lot had been in their favor up to this point. Going into the game, the Mariners had lost five straight, including one by walk-off home run.
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The bullpen was a large reason why the M’s could crawl their way back to a tie ballgame. All together they pitched 5.2 innings of three hit, shutout ball. Unfortunately, that would all be undone when Cishek would take the mound in the tenth.
Cishek would have a fairly strong ninth, walking one batter and that’s it before sending the game to extra innings. In the tenth he started out just fine inducing a ground-out. After that he walked a batter, gave up a single -the runner would advance on an error- and then intentionally walk the next man to load the bases.
In this dyer situation, Cishek would strikeout the next batter to make it two outs in the frame. The next batter could either: end the game or keep it going into the afternoon. Sadly, it was the former.
Cishek would fall behind to Ian Kinsler with a 1-0 count. The next pitch was far right, beyond the reach of Chris Iannetta, and the winning run would cross the plate. It was the Mariners sixth straight loss and their third walk-off loss in eight days. It was also the first time the team’s record had fallen below .500 since April 25th.