Mariners find some fight left in them as they take series against the Rangers

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The Seattle Mariners got both good and bad news this week. Second baseman Dee Gordon is injured and most likely untradeable. However, the M’s got the Texas Rangers in a death spiral and got so see some hope in this generally hopeless season. The Mariners took the series winning 2 of 3 games and have seen some building blocks for the future come thru as well as some trade bait make some waves.

 

7/22       vs            Texas    W           7 – 3

Former Gonzaga Bulldog, Marco Gonzales proved the doubters wrong again. While not a true #1 Ace, Gonzalez has been mighty good with an awful team this year. He won his 11th game on a 7 inning 2 run game where he struck out 4 and shut the Rangers down time and time again when the chips were down.

“For me, I’d rather have that early in the game than late when you’re fatigued,” Gonzales said. “Guys on base, those are big situations that you’d like to have early on, and then hopefully that gets you in a groove.”

Mariners sensation Austin Nola would be the hero of the day with a 3 run dinger in the 2nd inning to give the M’s the lead for good. The 29 year old rookie has now put together a .327 batting average, with  7 homers, and 37 RBI. His Wins Above Replacement is now .6 in just 50 at bats.  His OPS is now .910 as he has began to become the toast of the town. With 5 straight starts, Nola is turning heads with the #truetotheblue.

7/23       vs            Texas    L              7 – 2

The Rangers roughed up Tommy Milone for 6 runs. They did damage with one run in the 1st, two in the 2nd, and three in the 3rd inning. Manager Scott Servais allowed him to struggle thru the damage hoping the offense would come—an offense that would never come.

“We have to be patient with our guys,” Seattle manager Scott Servais said. “We’ve seen some bright spots throughout the season so far, but just have to keep working with them.”

Lack of clutch hitting reared its ugly head again. As is prominent this year, the Mariners compiled hits but did little to nothing with men on board. The Rangers pitchers struck out 10 Mariners batters while walking just 1. “Controlling the Zone” failed again as the M’s left 6 men on and hit 1-8 with runners in scoring position.

7/24       vs            Texas    W           5 – 3

Daniel Vogelbach homered twice in the rubber match against the Rangers. Vogelbach would open the game with a 344 foot drive to right field, then one up himself with a 406 foot shot to deep right in the 6th to put the game out of reach for the Rangers.

Many were surprised that Mike Leake is still on the team after his 1 hitter last Friday—a trade was surely in the cards. Leake grabbed another win to put him over .500 with a 9-8 record now. The performance was not as spectacular as last Friday but he allowed just 3 runs while striking out 7.

“I think I may have been all year in a way just because they were trying to maybe trade me in the offseason a little bit. But definitely I think I’m on the radar,” Leake said.

Roenis Elias, also the subject of rumors, got the save to send the Rangers to their 9th loss in 10 games.

“Unfortunately and fortunately I’ve been traded and moved around for the last few years, but it has given me the wherewithal to kind of know what to do in circumstances like this,” Leake said.

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