A few years ago my dad and sister went to a Red Sox – Tigers game in Boston. They brought along a friend who had never been to a game in her thirty-some years of life. This game was basically amazing; from what I was told home runs fell like rain, David Ortiz hit some sort of career milestone, and it all took place in historic Fenway Park. The friend excitedly asked: “Are ALL baseball games like this?!”
Leave it to Mariner fans to play Debbie Downer and keep the whole class inside for recess. The first inning of this Mariners-Indians game was just like that Boston game; exciting and rewarding for potential newcomers to the game, and the last eight innings were like the last forty years of Seattle baseball.
Nelson Cruz is Hitting Really Hard Again
Nelson Cruz is heating up, and that’s more than enough silver lining for me to roll with this loss.
The M’s only managed three hits against Cleveland and wound up losing a game in which all runs were scored in the first inning. One of those hits was a two-run shot by Cruz which scored Robinson Canó. Kyle Seager followed it up with a dinger of his own, but that was all the Mariners were able to bring together.
Gallardo Struggles, Then Adjusts
The big number for the Mariners has been James Paxton’s 1.39 ERA to pair handsomely with his 3-0 record. The bigger number is an ERA north of 4.00 from the M’s other four starters. Gallardo gave up four earned runs in the bottom of the first to blow the three-run lead, walking three and giving up an RBI double to Jose Ramirez. He then proceeded to throw five shutout innings.
“He is a pro. You do have to make adjustments, and he did,” Scott Servais said of Gallardo post-game. “He got the ball down, got his breaking ball going a little bit better after that. We certainly needed it to keep us in the game there.”
Gallardo’s ability to adjust is promising, as was Iwakuma’s last outing against Detroit. Cross your fingers they can keep adjusting and dilute these early-season numbers down to something more palatable for us Mariner fans and our worn-out tolerance for failure.
Powell Has #1 Most Anticlimactic Debut Ever
Boog Powell was called up to bolster a weakened outfield after Haniger’s oblique strain and Martin’s demotion. On Saturday, he was called on to pinch hit for Mike Zunino – only to be immediately replaced by Carlos Ruiz, who drew a walk. Maybe next time, Blog.