Let me start by saying this season has been an absolute roller-coaster. One minute the Mariners look doomed after dropping a series against the Nationals. Then the next thing you know they rattle off three straight series wins against the Rays, Giants, and Astros. That is how I felt last night when the Mariners pulled out a miraculous come-from-behind win over the Blue Jays on a Teoscar Hernandez walk-off single to win 3-2.
I had just written an article about the Mariners possibly trading Teoscar Hernandez, Paul Sewald, and Justin Topa. Guess how they did in last night's win? Justin Topa went a scoreless 0.2 IP, gave up one hit, and struck out two. Paul Sewald threw a scoreless ninth inning, walking only George Springer, and struck out Bo Bichette to end the ninth. Teoscar Hernandez hit a walk-off single against his former team for his third hit of the game to give Sewald the win.
This game was yet another example of why this Mariners team has been so difficult to figure out. One moment the team looks lost, the next they pull rabbit out of the hat like they did last night. What will the Mariners do at the trade deadline? I don't know. What I can say is I would be surprised if they just gave up on this season. The past three years the Mariners have been the masters of playing with chaos. We all must remember the Mariners were 29-39 to start the season a year ago. How did that season turn out?
As 710 AM Seattle Sports radio host Mike Salk talked about on Friday during his show, "Maybe the Kelenic injury is the moment like last season after the brawl in Anaheim that brings this team together." I have to admit since Kelenic's injury the Mariners are (2-0). Last night's win was evidence that there is still hope this season is not lost. Though moving forward without Kelenic will still be a big challenge, the Mariners have shown the past two games there is still life in this season.