Mariners vs. Royals: Crawford goes yard twice, Kirby keeps it on the ground, and Seattle wins in extras

Seattle narrowly avoided getting swept with some late inning heroics from the Mariners in the final game of the three-game series against the Royals
Kansas City Royals v Seattle Mariners
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Best Pitcher: George Kirby

7.0 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 0 BB, 4 K

Kirby continued his streak of low-scoring starts with seven innings of quality work in the third game of the series. He depended more on soft contact and his defense with eight groundouts and five flyouts, earning just nine swings and misses. Six of his whiffs were on his slider and four of his five outs were on his sinker.

Kirby's 3.81 ERA is finally starting to approach his pre-season expectations. He's particularly struggled when on the road, posting a 4.70 ERA in his eight away starts while his home ERA is just 2.72 over six starts. His breaking balls also haven't been very effective with his ERA on those pitches currently sitting at a 6.38 mark. Fastballs continue to be good, specifically his four-seamer, and he seems to be dialed in so let's hope he keeps it up throughout the summer.

Honorable Mention: Collin Snider

2.0 IP, 1 H, 0 ER, 1 BB, 3 K

Luis Castillo and Bryce Miller had rough starts in Kansas City, conceding five runs and seven runs respectively. Out of the bullpen, late innings relievers Mike Baumann and Ryne Stanek both blew their save opportunities but reliever Collin Snider pitched well against his old team. Appearing in two games, he gave up just two baserunners while striking out three.

He has only pitched five innings for Seattle since being selected off of waivers from the Diamondbacks and has an impressive four pitch arsenal consisting of a cutter, sweeper, four-seam fastball, and sinker. To alleviate the troubles he had while a part of the Kansas City bullpen (5.93 ERA over 54 ⅔ innings), he might have to end up focusing on a few really potent weapons instead of his current spread.