Mariners Fall Flat Against The Tigers

The Mariners went into the All-Star break Winning 7 of 9 games and winning series against the Rays, Giants and Astros. Averaging 5.2 runs a game in that 9 game span. Putting them only 4 games back of the wild card and 6 game back of the AL West going into the break. Then came the Tigers series...
Detroit Tigers v Seattle Mariners
Detroit Tigers v Seattle Mariners / Alika Jenner/GettyImages

Game 1: Eduardo Rodriguez outduels Luis Castillo and mistakes plague the Mariners in loss. Final 5-4 Tigers

Luis Castillo struggled with the long ball in this game as he gave up 2 home runs and only was able to pitch 5 innings in this game. Giving up 3 runs and striking out 5. While Tigers Rodriguez goes 5 giving up 2 runs and striking out 7 Mariners hitters.

There were some mistakes in this game by the Mariners players. In the bottom of the fifth J.P. Crawford hit a ground ball between the first and second baseman, which Nick Maton made a diving play on and Pollock made a horrible read on it and did not score on the play, this would have tied the game at 3-3. Then Dylan Moore dropped an out on a Javier Baez ground ball, who would score on a Nick Maton homerun making the score 5-2.

The Mariners would mount a rally in the 9th inning as Mike Ford had a pinch hit homerun. But the rally would fall short as Julio would strikeout with two runners on to end the game. Mariners lose 5-4.

Game 2: Kirby gets roughed up, and Mariners bats go quiet against Lorenzen. Final 6-0 Tigers

Well there isn't much to say about this game about the Mariners. Kirby goes 5 innings giving up 6 earned runs, 8 hits with 5 strikeouts. Kirby just did not have it in this start. Tigers Lorenzen went 6.2 innings, giving up no runs and striking out 7.

Tiger's rookie Kerry Carpenter would lead their offense, hitting 2 homeruns, and the Mariners offense would go quiet as they get blanked in this one. Mariners lose 6-0.

Game 3: Miller quiets the Tigers, as Mariners avoid the sweep. Final 2-0 Mariners

Bryce Miller goes 5 strong innings, striking out 3 and giving up no earned runs. The bullpen would come in and slam the door on the Tigers offense. In 4 innings the bullpen gave up no runs and struck out 7 batters.

The hitting would be just enough in this one. Crawford went 3 for 3 with 2 doubles, a walk, and a scored run off of Kelenic's double in the first inning. Cal Raleigh would add a homerun in the fourth inning. Mariners salvage the series against the Tigers. Mariners win 0-2.

Mariners look to get back to gaining ground for a playoff spot as they take on the Minnesota Twins on Monday at home.