Things were looking bad for the Mariners through the majority of their Saturday Night game against the Toronto Blue Jays. Through the first six innings, the Mariners had a single immediately followed by a double play in the sixth inning, and a Mitch Haniger walk followed by a Ty France (Vive La France) home run in the first.
After a funky mistake by Kelenic on a fly ball in the top of the fifth, the Mariners found themselves down 3-2. With how poor the offense has been of late, twitter was abuzz, as everyone in your chat circles likely was as well, with disparaging comments and a lack of faith in a Mariners comeback.
Luis Torrens would have none of that, and power the Mariners himself.
Once again, things would start with Ty France. He hit a leadoff triple in the bottom of the 7th, his first of the season. Our thoughts go out to George Springer, who was taken off the field with an ankle injury that occurred during the play. Kyle Seager would sharply ground out, and Abraham Toro would walk, putting runners on the corners with one out.
There were a lot of Mariners fans who were thinking of all the times in their lives that they have seen something similar to this happen. A wonderful start to the inning, only to see nothing come of it.
Well, those Mariners fans were wrong.
Luis Torrens, a night after crushing two balls only to see nothing come from them, would lift a ball into left field for a three-run homer, giving the Mariners a 5-3 lead. Kelenic must’ve been tired of taking walks and made a decision to get in on the action, as he would go back-to-back with Torrens with a homer of his own to make it 6-3.
If you think, “well, the Mariners had their inning, so they’re done for the night” once again, you’d be wrong.
After escaping the 8th with no damage after a leadoff single by the Blue Jays, the Mariners added on some nice and healthy insurance runs, deciding there was no need for a save opportunity in this game. Haniger would double to start the bottom of the 8th, followed by walks from both France and Seager.
Toro would come to bat, and with a bit of a shift on, flare the ball into short right-center for an RBI single. It was now 7-3, and the man who unloaded for a three-run home run back in the 7th was coming to the plate again.
The bases were loaded for Torrens, and he came oh so close to having an all-time game, just barely missing on a grand slam…
Instead, he would end up settling for a two-run double to give the Mariners the 9-3 lead. Oddly enough, Torrens 5 RBI on the night would be the high of the season for the Mariners, adding another nice accomplishment to the accolades he has collected over the last week.
The Mariners would stop the Jays in the 9th, and go on to the 9-3 win. It was a great win and came at the perfect time. After the embarrassing series against the Yankees, taking the first two against the Blue Jays, a team they trail in the Wild Card, was greatly needed. The Mariners are now 63-55, 4.5 back of Boston. Game Three, the final in the series, will start tomorrow at 1:10 PM, with Logan Gilbert taking on Steven Matz. Go Mariners, and thank you Luis Torrens.