Mariners Play Long Ball, Bash Cleveland 12-4
The Seattle Mariners looked to bounce back after a disappointing 5-4 loss on Friday night. It became evident early on that they would do just that, using the long ball to bludgeon Cleveland’s pitching staff.
The Mariners wasted no time jumping on Cleveland’s co-ace Carlos Carrasco. In the first inning, Jean Segura launched a 2 run homer to score himself and Dee Gordon. After an out by Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz launched a solo home run to make it 3-0.
The Mariners offensive onslaught was not over yet. They added 2 runs in the third, chasing Carrasco. The Mariners will not see Carrasco for the remainder of the season but scored 10 runs in 8 innings against him.
The pitching change didn’t slow down Seattle, who threw up 5 runs in the 4th inning. Segura added 2 RBI on his single the left that scored Frietas and Gordon. Cano doubled over center fielder Bradley Zimmer’s head to score another before Kyle Seager blasted his 4th home run of the game to make it 10-1.
Finally, Seattle tacked on 2 runs in the 9th. After Nelson Cruz recorded his 4th hit of the day, Ryon Healy blasted his first homer as a Mariner.
Mike Leake worked his way through 6 innings, striking out 6 along the way. The outing was a nice rebound for Leake, who was terrible against the White Sox in his last start. The Mariners bullpen never let Cleveland think they had a chance. Every starter except Ichiro reached in the game.
The win clinches a season series win against Cleveland and also a series split. The Mariners will attempt to win another series tomorrow. They will send Marco Gonzales to the mound to face off against Josh Tomlin.
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Gonzales has been excellent in back-to-back outings and will look to carry that momentum to tomorrow’s start. First pitch is at 10:10 PT.