Bad Pitching And Cool Bats Lead Mariners to 10-0 Loss

KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 9: Casey Lawrence
KANSAS CITY, MO - APRIL 9: Casey Lawrence /

On a very cold night in Kansas CIty, The Mariners lost by a score of 10-0. The Royals made M’s starter Marco Gonzales work in the first, throwing 43 pitches. It took until the 7th inning to get their first hit, a Dan Vogelbach infield single.

In the bottom of the first, Kansas City scored 3 runs and sent all 9 men up to the plate. With singles from John Jay and Whit Merrifield, Mike Moustakas was able to drive them both in with a double over the head of Dee Gordon. Moustakas scored on a single from Jorge Soler and a fielding error from Dee Gordon.

Marco would finish only going 2.1 innings, giving up 4 runs on 8 hits, while walking 1 and striking out 4. Casey Lawrence came in to pitch for the first time since March 31st, and struggled. Casey only was able to get through 1.2 innnings and gave up 5 runs.

Jake Junis, while only giving up 1 hit, was a bit wild tonight. He only waled 2, but he did hit 3 batters. He’s hit 12 batters now in 18 career starts. Junis would be a player of the game candidate, but Mike Moustakas had a game. Moose went 3-5  with a Home Run and drove in 3.

Chasen Bradford was the lone bright spot, pitching 3 hit-less innings in relief. Bradford was called up when Mariners 1B Ryon Healy was placed on the DL. Healy rolled his ankle in a  post game workout on Saturday.

Coming in to pitch for the Mariners in the 8th, was super utility man Taylor Motter. Motter gave up a Home Run to Moustakas on a 67 MPH pitch that hung in the zone. Motter did walk and hit a batter, but he did strike out Paulo Orlando.

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This was the worst game of the year for the Mariners, but there is always tomorrow. Game time is set for 5:15. Felix Hernandez will take the Mound against Royals starter Erik Skoglund.