The Seattle Mariners eighth inning: “The one that got away”

Raisel Iglesias of the Mariners celebrates after getting out of a jam against the Seattle Mariners.

ANAHEIM, CA – JUNE 04: Raisel Iglesias #32 of the Los Angeles Angels celebrates after pitching out of a bases-loaded, no-outs jam in the eighth inning of the game against the Seattle Mariners. (Photo by Jayne Kamin-Once/Getty Images)

You know the Katy Perry song called “The One That Got Away?” That’s what yesterday’s eighth inning for the Seattle Mariners reminded me of. Here’s my version of the song:

“In another life. The M’s would have won. We would come in the clutch. And win against the Halo’s.”

The Seattle Mariners can’t get it done in the eighth inning

The Los Angeles Angels had a narrow one-run lead and the Mariners received a huge momentum shift after Will Vest and Tom Murphy made an incredible play to end the seventh inning.

Taylor Trammell started off the top of the eighth inning with a leadoff, first-pitch double into right field. It was the perfect start that the Seattle Mariners were looking for.

With a runner on second, Donovan Walton laid down a bunt on the first pitch he saw. It wasn’t the greatest bunt but the M’s got extremely lucky since the Angels pitcher Mike Mayers slipped and was unable to field the bunt. That put runners on first and third with the hot J.P. Crawford stepping up to the plate.

The Gold Glove shortstop drew a four-pitch walk and that was enough of Mike Mayers for manager Joe Maddon. The Angels brought in the closer Raisel Iglesias and that ended up being a great decision by Maddon.

With no outs and the bases loaded, Mitch Haniger stepped up to the plate and got in a favorable 2-1 count. But that didn’t go in Haniger’s favor because he swung through a fastball, fouled off a changeup, and then fouled out to the first baseman.

Although we wanted Mitch Haniger to give the Seattle Mariners a lead, hope wasn’t lost just yet. Kyle Seager got into the box with one out and also got into a favorable count. After taking the first pitch for a strike, Iglesias threw three balls in a row.

Raisel Iglesias was able to battle back and ended up striking out Seager with a slider. And with two outs, Ty France was the last hope for the Mariners rally. The Seattle Mariners infielder struck out on three pitches.

I think the eighth inning from last night is a good representation of how the season has been going. The offense is struggling badly this season and yesterday’s inability to score with the bases loaded says it all.