Mariners Heat Up Chilly Cleveland, Bash Tribe 10-4
After a somewhat surprising win yesterday, the Mariners bats picked up right where they left off yesterday. Seattle played long ball against the Tribe, taking the 4 game road series 3 games to 1.
The Mariners wasted very little time jumping on struggling Cleveland pitcher Josh Tomlin. They put up a quick 5 spot in the top of the second, all 5 runs scoring with 2 outs. Ryon Healy had the first of his 3 big hits on the day, scoring Mitch Haniger from first on an RBI double.
Healy would then score on a Dee Gordon single, who scored on Jean Segura’s single. Robinson Cano capped the inning with a pretty 2 run home run, and the Mariners jumped ahead 5-0. However, Seattle was not done scoring on the day.
Healy tacked on a run in the 6th with a solo home run over the tall wall in left field. After Cleveland narrowed the gap to 6-4 in the 7th, Seattle responded in a big way. Mitch Haniger tripled to lead off the 8th, and one out later drove in on a Ben Gamel RBI single.
Then, today’s hero Ryon Healy stepped into the box and delivered a mammoth homer into the left-field bleachers. It was Healy’s second homer of the day, and 3rd in 2 days, giving the Mariners a 10-4 lead.
On the mound, Marco Gonzales posted his third consecutive good outing. Gonzales held the Tribe to just 2 earned runs over 6 innings, striking out 4 along the way. Gonzales was replaced for the 7th inning and Dan Altavilla entered the game. Unfortunately, Altavilla had no control on the day, walking 2 hitters and hitting another, loading the bases with 1 out in the 7th.
Enter James Pazos. The hot Pazos came in and immediately struck of Brad Zimmer after a 9 pitch battle for the second out.
Jose Ramirez then hit a sinking line drive into the left-field corner, that Ben Gamel almost made a nice play on. Sadly, the ball popped out of his glove, and after some confusion, 2 runs had scored to make it a 6-4 ball game.
Fortunately, Pazos was able to get Michael Brantley to ground out to him to end the threat. Nicasio and Diaz slammed the door in the 8th and 9th respectively.
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The win clinched a series win against Cleveland and wrapped up an exciting 7-3 road trip. The Mariners will enjoy their first off-day in more than two weeks, before facing off against Oakland A’s in Seattle. Felix Hernandez will take the ball for Seattle. First pitch on Tuesday is scheduled for 7:10