5 worst Seattle Mariners moments from the 2020 Season

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Seattle Mariners Nestor Cortes

Nestor Cortes of the Seattle Mariners pitches in the first inning against the Houston Astros. (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images)

The 5 worst moments from the 2020 season for the Seattle Mariners

Yesterday Ryota Nishino of Sodo Mojo discussed the 5 best moments from last season for the Mariners, but today we go the opposite route and rank the 5 worst moments from last season. While last year was very exciting and very encouraging for the future, in true Seattle Mariners fashion there were still a few moments that had fans shaking their heads.

5th worst moment: Nestor Cortes 1st inning blowup

On August 14, 2020, the Seattle Mariners went into the day thinking that Yusei Kikuchi would be their starting pitcher. However, shortly before the first pitch he was pulled from the start due to back spasms and insert reliever Nestor Cortes into the starting spot.

The game itself lasted 3 hours and 10 minutes, but if you remember watching this game it was over with just one out in the bottom of the first. The Mariners scored first in the top of the 1st, but Nestor Cortes went on to allow 5 hits, 2 home runs, and 7 earned runs.

Cortes would only last 0.1 innings before being pulled, and the 1st inning ended with a score of 9-1 Astros. I, like many fans I would assume, turned the TV off after the 1st inning, but after a whole day of anticipation to see Kikuchi take the mound and then Cortes putting up that absolute dud of a performance (a performance that would be his last of 2020), this certainly had to make the top 5.

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