I had a bad feeling about this game all day. If I were a gambling man, near a gambling establishment, I would’ve made a significant bet on the Blue Jays to win it, and sure enough: 7-2 Toronto.
That, of course, was before I found out that Robinson Cano would sit due to that sore quad. Oddly enough, though, it was AFTER I discovered that Justin Smoak was going to be the Blue Jays’ cleanup hitter. He ended up going 3 for 3 with 4 RBI, because he’s a no-talent ass clown.
Nelson Cruz hit a 2-run bomb in the top of the first inning to put the Mariners in control, but obviously that wouldn’t be enough. Chase De Jong did his part through four innings, but he fell apart after that, finishing with 5 innings, 6 runs on 7 hits & 3 walks, with only 1 strikeout.
More Mariners moves before the game. Zac Curtis – who came over in the Walker/Segura trade – was called up from AA to replace Dan Altavilla (who was sent back to Tacoma to continue working on things). Curtis pitched an inning of soft-landing relief, giving up 0 runs. Sam Gaviglio – who was called up when Iwakuma went on the DL – pitched the last two innings, giving up a solo homer to Justin Smoak.
The Mariners also picked up reliever Casey Lawrence off waivers from Toronto and sent him to Tacoma. To make room on the 40-man, Evan Scribner was put on the 60-day DL, so I guess we won’t have him to kick around for a while.
The bats were quiet yesterday, but there were also some lineup issues. Cano, obviously, is a huge blow, since he’s really starting to heat up. Also, Guillermo Heredia had visa issues because he’s Cuban and they played in Canada and Donald Trump is our president and everyone is dumb. So, that forced Taylor Motter into the outfield and Mike Freeman to get the start at second base. Motter got a walk and Freeman got less than that. I don’t even know what Mike Freeman is doing up here, except yes I do, because apparently Shawn O’Malley hurt his shoulder and I still don’t know how, and because Mitch Haniger is still on the DL with that oblique. GET WELL SOON, MITCH! Freeman is still dining out on that 2-hit day in Houston where he hit his home run, and hasn’t done a God damn thing since.
Also, it stinks that Carlos Ruiz apparently can’t play on back-to-back days, because this Tuffy guy SUUUUUUUCKS. God fucking dammit, whose dick do you gotta suck to get a good-hitting catcher on this team?
Here’s to hoping the lineup is rested and refreshed for the next three games, because I could see this 4-game series getting out of control with how bad our pitching looks.