Game 48: Mariners 4, Nationals 2

Scott Servais is the freaking man. After calling out the Mariners’ lack of intensity after their fifth straight loss yesterday, Servais went out to argue a strike three call on Guillermo Heredia only to be ejected. Servais doesn’t come off as the Lou Piniella, fire-breathing, hat-throwing, red-faced kind of manager, but he got the job done to get the team fired up and out of the losing streak.

“Oh, I knew I was the one [who was ejected],” Servais said. “I was yelling the loudest. It was a game [where] there some pitches — I thought the borderline 50-50 pitches today — he was very inconsistent on those. I thought there were was a few [pitches] earlier in the game that we barked about, and certainly thought I was barking the loudest, which I was.”

Nelson Cruz brought the thunder, Ariel Miranda put in a quality start, and the M’s snapped a five-game losing streak.

Ariel Miranda Quiets the National Offense

The Nationals are not an easy team to beat. Ariel Miranda continues to quietly go about his business filling in for the injured Drew Smyly, taking a no-hitter into the sixth inning, where he gave up a home run to the Mariner that never was, Anthony Rendon. That same inning, Servais was ejected and the M’s took the lead on Nelson Cruz’s home run. These guys, Gaviglio, Pagan, and Miranda, have been the studs, eating up innings and giving the guys the chance to take the lead.

Edwin Diaz came back in a closing role, getting his eight save of the season.

Nelson Cruz Hits a Baseball Real Far

Nellie came up and delivered exactly what the M’s needed in response to Servais’ ejection and five straight games of pretty lame baseball.

“That’s what Nelson Cruz does for our team,” Servais said. “I think from a leadership standpoint, him and Robbie, those are the veteran guys. … That’s what you need, your veteran players to drive the train.”

The M’s have been fortunate to be bailed out by guys like Gamel, Motter, Heredia, and Valencia, but they can’t be the ones we lean on yet. Nelson and Robbie need to stay healthy, strong and consistent, and that’s what happened in this game. The M’s aren’t out of the woods yet, because the woods are full of guys with oblique and shoulder injuries and there are one billion of them, but it’s nice to see good things like this happen.

The M’s head to Fenway to face the Red Sox, the object of the lazy and fashionable affection of every 90s kid in Salt Lake City. “Love my Sox, bro, Manny’s gonna win MVP this year (insert swig of Mountain Dew and them switching to a Cubs hat. Also, they just said this yesterday.)”