Say it with me! “The Seattle Mariners sweep the Texas Rangers!” With yesterday’s 4-2 victory, the Seattle Mariners completed a four-game sweep thanks to some clutch hitting and outstanding pitching.
The Mariners have won six of the last seven games and are now back to .500. Let’s take a quick look at yesterday’s game and where the team now stands.
Yusei Kikuchi shined the brightest for the Seattle Mariners
From the beginning of the game, Yusei Kikuchi just looked locked in. Kikuchi got the first 11 batters out and his perfect game was broken up due to an error made by J.P. Crawford. And until the sixth inning, Yusei Kikuchi had a no-hitter intact which tells you exactly how fantastic Kikuchi was.
Yusei threw 104 pitches, 73 of them for strikes, and struck out five batters. Yusei did give up a two-run home run to Joey Gallo but that was the only mistake he made all day. The southpaw gave the Seattle Mariners 6.2 innings which put the bullpen in a great spot.
JT Chargois, Paul Sewald, and Keynan Middleton did the rest and had no troubles at all.
Some clutch hitting from the Seattle Mariners offense
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Tight games have been a theme against the Texas Rangers and the Mariners offense did just enough to complete the sweep. Ty France got the team on the board early in the game in the first inning. He hit a double down the line which scored Kyle Lewis.
Later in the third, Ty France clutched up again and scored Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager. The final Seattle Mariners run of the game, a cherry on top from Kyle Seager. The Mariners third baseman hit a solo home run in the bottom of the fifth to extend the lead to four runs.
The Seattle Mariners weren’t able to score any insurance runs late in the game after the Rangers put two on the board, but we don’t need too many runs based on how the bullpen has been performing as of late.
The Seattle Mariners are now sitting in a comfortable spot after sweeping the Rangers
After a good start to the season, the team got cold and nearly hit the bottom of the AL West. But things have changed as of late, and the Seattle Mariners are back to third place in the AL West, at a comfortable 27-27.
The Mariners offense is slowly improving but overall, the team is still struggling. But if the M’s can be 27-27 with its underperforming offense, I think that’s almost a good thing. Imagine when the whole offense is healthy and firing on all cylinders… I think we could be very dangerous.
The Mariners now host the Oakland Athletics for a three-game series and a victory today would be a good start.