Seattle Mariners show off pitching prowess, but lose 2 of 3 to the Rockies

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The Colorado Rockies (59-82) took two of three from the Seattle Mariners (69-75) in a series that showed off the Mariners pitching skill.  With no real chance for the playoffs, both the Rockies and the M’s look to the pieces that they have for next year.



Game 1

The M’s lose 2-4 as Rockies pitcher Chad Bettis (7-5) came into Safeco and dominated the M’s. Bettis went 7 shut out innings, only allowing 6 baserunners. The woebegone Rockies won just their 4th of 18 interleague games this year.

James Jones got the call up and start in Center Field. He had previously gone 0-12 earlier this year at the major league level, but provided a double while batting lead-off.
Kyle Seager continued his offensive tear with a 2 run dinger (his 24th homer) in the 8th inning.  Seager has hit .463 (25-for-54) with five homers and 18 RBIs over his last 14 games.

Hisashi Iwakuma (7-4) only gave up 3 runs but it wasnt enough as yet again the hard-luck pitcher cant get the runs to up his win total.

Game 2

The M’s found some offensive magic winning 7-2, to give Pitcher Roenis Elias (5-8) a notch on his belt. In 5 innings, Elias found the strike zone consistently striking out 8 batters.

The story however, would be the bats coming alive to the tune of four home runs. Nelson Cruz, who hit #41 with a two run bomb. he was joined by Jesus Montero, Robinson Cano, and Franklin Gutierrez in the home run parade.

Catcher John Hicks got his first RBI as a major leaguer as he provided a suicide squeeze (on a charging Shawn O’Malley).  Kyle Seager continued his torrid hitting with two more hits including a double.

Game 3

In what looked like a spring training game, the M’s 2-3 loss. James Paxton (2-3) was unable to get run support as Rockies Pitcher Kyle Kendrick (6-12). Kendrick who is from Mt. Vernon, WA–and went to Washington State University–got the opportunity to perform in front of friends and family, getting the “W” and living out this dream.

Neither pitcher stayed in long enough to really find out how they would have done. Both
Managers shut down their pitchers early saving their arms for the future.

Again similar to spring training, poor defense and errors abound as at times the M’s looked like they couldn’t get out of their own way.

Lack of firepower doomed the M’s again as they only were able to string together 5 hits and 2 runs.

SSU Man of the Series

Unfortunately, no Mariner deserved this award. We instead award it to the Mariner Moose. A dismal show of two cellar dwellers means that the only excitement we had going were the dancing grounds crew and the Moose on an ATV. By a slim margin I was more entertained by the Moose.

SSU’s Take

The M’s are tough to watch knowing that there is not much on the line. I am taking it to be more of a spring training, where we get to watch youngsters, Shawn O’Malley, John Hicks, James Jones, Ketel Marte, Jesus Montero and Stefan Romero.

The new GM (whomever that may be) will have plenty of MLB level game film to determine who to keep and whom to kick to the curb.

Next Side Up

Taijuan Walker (10-8, 4.70 ERA) faces the LA Angels of Anaheim in the first game of a three-game set Monday at 7:10 p.m. at Safeco Field.

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