That game had it all! Yovani Gallardo struggling to get through three innings, giving up 2 runs in the process (and lucky it wasn’t a fuckload more); Casey Lawrence relieving him in the fourth and absolutely imploding, giving up 4 runs in 0.1 innings; necessitating recently called up reliever Ryan Garton to come in and finish it out; followed by Marco Gonzales – in his new relief role – going a whopping FOUR shutout innings to keep the Mariners in the ballgame.
You want your game MVP? You start with Marco Gonzales. Never thought I’d say that before.
Robbie Cano got off the schneid, hitting his first homer since July 22nd, a 2-run job back in the third to momentarily tie the game. With the A’s re-taking the lead at 6-2 in the top of the fourth, as Gonzales kept the evil forces at bay, the offense went to work.
Segura and Alonso hit back-to-back solo jobs in the fifth to make it 6-4. Then, an inning later, Segura doubled home Zunino to make it 6-5; and two innings after that, Zunino hit a solo shot to deep right-center to tie the game at 6-6. Edwin Diaz – in a non-save situation, because tie games in the ninth will never have a save situation the rest of the way at home – locked it down for one more shot to win it before extras.
Segura led off the inning by reaching on an error to first. Alonso hit a single to move him to third, and Cano was intentionally walked to load the bases with nobody out and Cruz & Seager due up. Would this be the greatest Marinering of all time?
Cruz struck out for the second time on the day, and has really looked bad at the plate in recent games. After some outfield shuffling – to get Khris Davis’ noodle arm out of left, as if Bob Melvin had sensed something in the force – Seager hit a shallow fly ball to left field of all places. On Khris Davis, the M’s might’ve sent Segura home on a tag; without Khris Davis, the M’s had to hold. Two outs.
That brought up Mitch Haniger, who worked the count just enough to have their pitcher throw a wild pitch through the legs of the catcher. Segura came scrambling home, and the Mariners won it!
Afternoon game today to get the sweep. Don’t fail me now! Don’t forget what the Astros are bringing to town!