Game 51: Mariners 5, Red Sox 0

It’s concerning how much easier it’s getting to write about losses. It used to be that I would just be angry and have no motivation to detail the latest Mariner failure to score runs, but I guess I’ve had plenty of practice by this point. The good news is that the M’s turned things around on Boston and provided a shutout of their own behind the strong arm of Christian Bergman and a 16-hit performance.

Cruz and Canó Still Wonderful

We’re just about a third of the way through the season, and Cruz and Canó are both on pace of put up the kind of numbers we love to see from them. Canó’s 10 homers and 32 RBI and Cruz’s 12 and 41 put them at 32/101 and 38/130, respectively. Keep in mind that these guys aren’t playing in Denver or Baltimore or other parks where these numbers are commonplace, they’re playing in Safeco, the definitive pitcher’s park, and facing incredibly difficult AL West teams.

There’s just something so gratifying about a Robinson Canó home run. His smooth swing brings back memories of a certain special someone responsible for the existence of baseball in the Pacific Northwest…

His two-run shot in the ninth sealed the win for the Mariners and stopped the sweep by the Red Sox.

“It hasn’t been easy for us [to score runs]. It’s been a struggle,” said manager Scott Servais. “I thought yesterday we probably hit rock bottom. And the only way to get out of the bottom is to start crawling up. Hopefully we’re on the right path.”

Bergman Redeems Himself 

Christian Bergman has been one of the bright spots in a salvaged rotation waiting for the return of Felix, Paxton, and Kuma. His last start against Washington was, frankly, horrific. Yesterday’s performance was brilliant with seven shutout innings with the help of four double plays by Mariner infielders.

“I couldn’t wait to get back out there after last time,” Bergman said. “Sometimes the best way is to just get back out, simplify everything and get back to making pitches. I wanted to find a way to step up and get these guys a good start and give us a chance to score some runs.”

The M’s begin their series against red-hot Colorado today, hoping to take advantage of the thin Rocky Mountain air and get a few back.

Also, James Paxton is scheduled to start the M’s first game back home after a successful rehab outing with the M’s AA affiliate Arkansas Travelers.