Mariners Squander Numerous Chances for Sweep, Lose 7-4

ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 22: Ichiro Suzuki
ARLINGTON, TX - APRIL 22: Ichiro Suzuki /

In a game largely overshadowed by the impending Civil War amongst the fans, the Seattle Mariners fell to the Texas Rangers, 5-4. The game saw the return of Erasmo Ramirez and the continued rise of Mitch Haniger.

In his first start of 2018, Erasmo Ramirez featured a bit of a mixed bag for the Mariners. He sailed through the first 3 innings, allowing just 1 run. Then, he ran into trouble in the 4th inning.

Nomar Mazar hit a line shot over the fence in right-center field. After a double from Adrian Beltre, Ramirez fell behind Joey Gallo 3-0. Ramirez threw a belt-high fastball that ran into the middle of the plate, and Gallo cranked it over the fence to left-center field, giving the Astros a 4-0 lead.

Ramirez finished the day allowing 5 earned runs in just 4.2 innings.

The Mariners battled back, scoring 2 in the Top of the 5th, thanks to a Ben Gamel triple, a Jean Segura single. In addition, Mitch Haniger’s second double of the day made it a 4-2 game. The Rangers would get one back in the bottom of the 5th to make it a 5-2 ball game.

Next, in the Top of the 7th, Mitch Haniger did it again. This time, he blasted a 2 run shot to dead center field, cutting the lead to 5-4. Unfortunately, the Mariners would leave the bases loaded.

The Ranger would tack on 2 more in the bottom of the 8th after James Pazos was lifted in favor of Nick Vincent.

The Mariners would produce a minor threat in the 9th, after a leadoff single from Robinson Cano and double from Nelson Cruz. However, the threat would die after strikeouts by Kyle Seager, Ichiro, and a shallow pop up by Dee Gordon.

Ichiro reached base 4 times on Sunday, and Segura and Cruz each had 2 hits apiece. Unfortunately, the Mariners left the bases loaded twice. Those 2 missed opportunities would ultimately be their undoing today. Seattle still had a successful series, taking 2 of 3 from the Ranger.

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Finally, Seattle will face the White Sox for 3 games beginning tomorrow. Mike Leake will get the ball for Seattle. He will be opposed by Miguel Gonzales. First pitch is scheduled for 5:10 PDT.