The Mariners were down until the top of the sixth inning and were getting absolutely shut down by Red Sox’s starting pitcher, Nick Pivetta. But, the Mariners suddenly turned on their “Chaos Ball” superpower and scored two runs to tie the game.
Later in the game, the Mariners scored a crucial run in the top of the eighth and then blew the doors open with four runs in extra innings. So, let’s break down yesterday’s edition of M’s chaos ball.
The Mariners begin to try in the sixth
The Mariners were hitless going into the sixth inning and it seemed like it would be another inning without a hit. Luis Torrens flew out and Dylan Moore struck out to start the inning. After that, J.P. Crawford drew a walk, with a little help from umpire Bill Miller, and then Mitch Haniger also drew a walk.
With runners on first and second, Ty France hit a double over left fielder Franchy Cordero who was positioned in a questionable spot. France’s two-strike double was the first hit of the game and tied the game 2-2.
Small ball keeps chaos ball going
After the Red Sox tied the game in the seventh on a wild pitch, the Mariners bounced back and tied the game. After a lead-off walk by Luis Torrens, a little help from Bill Miller again, Sam Haggerty came in to pitch run for Torrens. Haggerty stole second base on the first pitch, but it didn’t end up making too big of an impact since Jose Marmolejos walked on four pitches.
On the next play, chaos ball was at its finest display. Crawford laid down a sacrifice bunt right to Adam Ottavino but he threw it away which scored Haggerty. The game was now tied 3-3.
The Mariners blow the doors open in the 10th
Finally, in the 10th, the Mariners were able to lay the hammer and put an end to the back and forth contest. Taylor Trammell put down a sacrifice bunt to move Evan White over to third, and then Sam Haggerty doubled over the left fielder Francy Cordero to give the M’s a one-run lead.
After another Crawford walk, Mitch Haniger hit a deep three-run home run to give Seattle a four-run lead. The M’s are now 12-7 and continue to make big comeback victories.