Haniger Hurt, Mariners Win Anyway 3-2
The Mariners injury problems just keep piling up. The news yesterday of Dee Gordon going to the DL with a fractured toe seemed to be about the worst it could be, then Mitch Haniger gets hit on the wrist with a pitch. Haniger was forced to leave the game, being replaced by Andrew Romine. X-rays were negative, and he is day to day.
The Mariners were able to get the win in extra innings tonight by a score of 3-2. A 7th inning 2 run home run by Mike Zunino tied it up. In the 10th, Guillermo Heredia knocked in the go-ahead run to take the 3-2 lead. Edwin Diaz came in and got the save, his 16th of the season.
Jean Segura seemed to get a bit banged up scoring the go-ahead run, as he slid into A’s catcher Jonathan Lucroy. Trainers did, in fact, come out to take a look at him, but he finished the game. I’m sure we will know more tomorrow.
Mike Leake had one of his better performances on the season, going 6 and 2/3 innings only allowing 2 runs. Oakland starting pitcher Trevor Cahill went 7 strong innings as well. The winning pitcher was Nick Vincent, pushing his record to 3-1.
With the lineup missing Cano, Cruz, Gordon, and Haniger, it was great seeing this team not giving up and rolling over. They fought hard against a very hot Oakland ballclub and squeaked out another come from behind win.
The Mariners are now 28-19, 2 games behind the Astros for 1st place in the AL West. They are 2.5 games ahead of the Los Angles Angels, who are 3-7 in their last 10 games. Now, I know it is only May, but if the playoffs started today, they would be a wildcard team.
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The Mariners play in Oakland again tomorrow, with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 PST. Pitchers are Marco Gonzales (3-3 4.66) against Daniel Gossett (0-1 11.05). Make sure to tune in, and as always, Go Mariners.