Mariners vs. Rangers: Rojas keeps rolling, Gilbert fans nine, and chaos ball reigns

The Mariners extended their lead over the AL West with a clean sweep of the defending World Series champion Rangers
Texas Rangers v Seattle Mariners
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Best Pitcher: Logan Gilbert

8.0 IP, 2 H, 0 ER, 0 BB, 9 K

Gilbert put up an absolute gem to close out the series, pitching eight shutout innings and allowing just two baserunners with no free passes. He had 21 swings and misses, eight of which were on his splitter and eight of which were on his slider. Everything was just working and he was nigh untouchable.

It was his best start of the year by game score, notching a mark of 87. The second-best game of the year was a similar start, going eight scoreless innings against the Astros on May 4th, but he had four more walks and three fewer strikeouts. It is tied with the 12-strikeout game he had against the Padres on August 8th of last year for the highest game score of his career.

Honorable Mention: George Kirby

6.0 IP, 3 H, 0 ER, 2 BB, 6 K

Kirby had a quality start of his own although it was slightly overshadowed by Gilbert's dominant performance. Nonetheless, he had 16 swings and misses, nine of which were on his four-seam fastball.

Kirby has finally shrugged off the few rough starts that he had earlier in the year and is now sitting at a 3.54 ERA and 1.01 WHIP. His 2.98 FIP that he has so far is the best that he's had in the career so far, helped by his 0.9 BB/9 combined with his 8.8 SO/9. What's been the difference so far recently? The high four-seam fastball.