The Mariners did what they were supposed to do: sweep the A’s over this 3-game series. Andrew Albers threw five no-hit innings (six total, 1 run on 1 hit – a homer – with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts), and the bullpen kept them at bay the rest of the way. The offense got 3 runs off of their starter, played add-on in the later innings, and blew it open in the eighth with a 5-spot.
Cano and Haniger each had 4 hits, with a homer apiece; Segura had 3 hits and 3 runs; Chooch had a homer and a double; really, everyone had a good day offensively except for Ben Gamel, who looks to be in a tailspin over the second half of this season.
The M’s are back to 1 game over .500, and back to within 2.5 games of the second Wild Card spot. The Twins currently hold that spot, but are starting to cool off, just in time for the surging Orioles to take over. Hopefully, the Mariners can bide their time and steal a few wins this week.
The Astros come first, with a 3-game series of the damned. Much like that last Yankees series, I’m predicting the Mariners will be swept, so winning just one of these next three would be a miracle. Then, it’s the Angels for the weekend and I don’t know about you, but I want some fucking revenge over them ruining our Edgar Martinez weekend! Fuck those turds!