If you’re a Mariners fan, you’re probably feeling far more frustrated than Kyle Seager did in the above snapshot, and for good reason. The M’s were just dealt their worst spring training loss in recent memory at the hands of the Milwaukee Brewers.
Seeing a box score that reads “24-3” with your team on the losing end is something no fan should ever have to endure. Sadly, for Mariners fans around the world, they will see that very tally and think to themselves, “how did this happen?”
An anemic offense combined with some of the worst pitching the M’s have showcased in a long time added up to a demoralizing defeat by a team-worst 21 runs since.
Before 2006, spring training box scores not readily available, so this could be the most lopsided spring loss in team history.
It started when Hisashi Iwakuma was blasted for six hits, seven runs, and two walks followed up by Evan Scribner who allowed a couple of runs that were Iwakuma’s responsibility. Then came the worst outing of them all.
Ryan Weber took the mound in the 4th and allowed five hits (two doubles, two singles and a home run) which allowed fours run to the first five men he saw before he earned a regroup meeting on the hill.
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He would allow two more hits and one more run before he recorded his first out which was a sacrifice flys. In all, he would have a line of 0.1 IP, 8 H, 8 ER, 1 HR.
And, after you couldn’t think it could get any worse, it did. Mariners minor leaguer, Brett Ash got his first licks in spring ball and gave up seven runs on five hits while also allowing two walks.
At this point, the M’s were down 22-1. By the end of it all, you know the both teams would tack on two more runs. Two of the three M’s runs were the only highlights of the game for Seattle. They were two solo home run shots by Ben Gamel and Daniel Vogelbach.
Before today’s disaster of a game, the most runs the Mariners had surrendered in a spring match was 20 versus the Oakland Athletics back in 2006.
If the M’s aren’t too deflated, they will be playing again tomorrow at 1:10 PM PST against the Chicago Whitesox.