That second spot in the lineup is pure magic. Ben Gamel has been an absolute beast since taking over for the injured Mitch Haniger. Danny Valencia has also picked up his game since Daniel Vogelbach’s demotion. The offense from these two guys together with a stellar start from Ariel Miranda sent those devilish Angels packing angry.
Miranda Goes Seven Innings, Locks Down Anaheim
The four members of the rotation not named James Paxton have certainly felt the pressure to perform, particularly after Felix’s injury. They’ve shown the they’re up to the challenge over the last few games. Iwakuma had five solid innings before taking a line drive off the knee in yesterday’s matchup, and Ariel Miranda was dominant over seven innings. Granted, Mike Trout wasn’t in the lineup, with Ben Revere getting the start in left and Maybe moving to center, but the pitching was on point, and Miranda was controlling the zone.
Just like Iwakuma, Miranda also took a line drive to the leg, but his performance didn’t dip the same way Kuma’s did.”It hurts a little bit,” Miranda told reporters. “But it just worked me up a little more. At the start of that inning, I wasn’t very aggressive. After that I was able to make some adjustments.”
Adjustments have been the theme in recent starts, particularly for Gallardo and Miranda. That’s pro baseball, play, adjust to mistakes, and win. Miranda got the win, with Zych and Overton pitching an inning each in relief.
Valencia Ties Career High With Four Hits
First base has been void of power for the Mariners for a few years, and the M’s expected Vogelbach to bring the thunder. It didn’t happen that way, and Valencia has seen plenty of at-bats. His four hits yesterday tied a career high, and his three RBI led the way as the M’s toppled those foul Angels. “It always feels nice when you contribute to the team winning games,” Valencia told reporters after the game. “I guess today was my turn to contribute and it felt really nice.”
Ben Gamel also had himself a day, going 3-3 with two walks, a double, and two RBI, as well as a highlight-reel catch near the end of the game. We certainly miss Haniger and his Rookie of the Year numbers, but nobody’s complaining with Gamel’s numbers.
Paxton Hits the DL
Mariners ace James Paxton has been placed on the 10-Day DL with a grade 1 forearm strain, according to Bob Dutton of the Tacoma News Tribune. Lefty Christian Bergman has been called up from Tacoma, and either he or Dillon Overton will take over Paxton’s next start against Texas.