You can’t say the kid was robbed of his opportunity. After getting his feet wet in Tacoma, the Mariners called him up at the beginning of the month; he’s had 5 starts in the month of August. In exactly 0 of those starts did he go a minimum of 5 innings. His ERA is 7.40 in that span, he’s averaged almost a homer-allowed per start, he gives up a ton of hits and for a guy who’s supposed to be known for his control, he sure does walk a lot of guys. His change-up is supposed to be his best pitch, but boy do I see him leave that hanging out over the middle of the plate more than I see him striking guys out with it.
With his latest huge embarrassing failure yesterday – 3.1 innings, 5 runs – I think we’ve finally seen the last of him in the rotation. It’ll be September the next time his turn comes up in the rotation, which means rosters will expand and we can bring up someone from Tacoma like Sam Gaviglio, who can at least get us through five fucking innings.
And yet, in spite of all that, the Mariners managed to scratch and claw their way to a 4-3 lead at one point, as well as a 6-6 tie after Gonzales was pulled. Ben Gamel was the big stud of the day, with 2 hits (including a homer) and 5 RBI. Valencia, Seager, and Cruz all chipped in on the day as well. Unfortunately, the bullpen couldn’t be perfect. The Mariners NEED the bullpen to be perfect if they’re going to win games like these, but it’s just not realistic to see that come to fruition. Christian Bergman did a yeoman job getting through 2 innings, giving up just the one run (particularly getting out of the jam Gonzales put him in in the bottom of the fourth). Emilio Pagan got through the final 2.2 innings to save the rest of the bullpen, but he too gave up a run, and that ended up being the decider. The Mariners put the first two runners on in the top of the eighth, but couldn’t push either of them home and that was that.
What was once a tremendous start to this road trip as late as last Friday, has suddenly taken a sour turn over this 3-game losing streak. The Mariners need to win one of the next two games to ensure at least a .500 road trip, which I think we all would’ve taken around this time two weeks ago. But, considering the M’s started out 5-2, ending up with a 6-6 or 5-7 road trip would be a collosal disappointment. Here’s hoping Erasmo Ramirez and Ariel Miranda can work some magic to right the ship.