The Mariners Can’t Not Get Killed

I’ll be honest, I didn’t catch a single minute of this game.  I had other things going on, and before I knew it, the game was over in what has to be in the running for shortest game of the season.  Certainly the shortest game where one team scored 10 runs.

Christian Bergman followed up his best-ever start with his worst-ever start, so that’s neat.  4 innings, 10 runs, 14 hits, 2 walks, 0 strikeouts, and a whopping 4 home runs.  He apparently couldn’t get out of that fourth inning, where he gave up 8 of his runs.

Emilio Pagan – called up to replace Chris Heston – finished out the last 4 innings of the game, giving up 1 hit, no runs, and garnering 4 strikeouts.  After a couple of VERY shaky performances to start his Major League career, he settled down quite nicely it would seem.

Mike Zunino – putting that Tuffy nonsense to bed once and for all – returned to the Mariners, and in his first game back hit a solo home run to keep the M’s from being shut out.  He still struck out twice, but it’s a start.  Washington’s pitcher went 8 innings, giving up only the 5 hits and 0 walks, so it’s safe to say it was just his day.

Robinson Cano returned from the DL (Dan Vogelbach was predictably sent to Tacoma to make room) and went hitless in 3 at bats before being taken out of the game.  Probably shouldn’t expect him to be in mid-season form on his first day back from injury.

In the last three games, the Mariners have lost 16-1, 8-1, and now 10-1.  That’s -31 in run differential, bringing our season total to -29.  THAT’S how bad the Mariners have been the last three games.  The pitching has been a disaster, the hitting has been a disaster, and at some point you have to wonder if all this misfortune is sucking the Mariners’ collective will to live.  I know help looks like it’s on the horizon, but the Mariners are now 6 games under .500.  The hole they’re digging just gets deeper and deeper.

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