This weekend was shaping up to be a real disaster. And, while it’s not over, at least on Saturday the Mariners looked like the kind of team that can weather this storm.
Before the game, two MORE moves were made. Evan Marshall was placed on the DL with the aforementioned hamstring strain. And Emilio Pagan was sent back to Tacoma, mostly to give this team more pitchers to use for last night’s game, considering they were coming off of a 13 inning loss and Chase De Jong was getting just his second Major League start. Back up, we have Dan Altavilla (who gave up a solo homer in one inning of mop up work last night) and Rob Whalen, who started the season on the DL before making one start in Tacoma. He was an insurance long reliever that, thankfully, the Mariners didn’t need.
That’s because Chase De Jong went 6 innings, giving up only 1 run on 4 hits and 0 walks, with 3 strikeouts. He only had 75 pitches to his name at that point, but I can see why we wouldn’t want to push it. Unfortunately, he didn’t get the win, as he left with the game still 1-1, and the Mariners didn’t explode for 7 more runs until the bottom of the seventh.
The offense did some real damage once again, as every starter got a hit except for recently called up backup catcher Tuffy Gosewisch. They gave James Pazos the win, with Tony Zych working a scoreless eighth.
We’re back at it again this afternoon, with what I’m told will be Dillon Overton getting the start. Either him, or the other guy they’re talking about calling up. I can’t get all the names straight. I’ve never had to learn the names of so many Tacoma Rainiers before!