Last night, the Mariners beat the Angels 8-1 to come within one game of sweeping them in this 3-game series. A 3-game sweep would, incidentally, put them in a dead heat with the Angels, if they can get there this afternoon. After today, there are 18 games remaining in this absurd baseball season. The Mariners are within striking distance at 3 games out, but this is it! The time to strike is NOW! The Mariners need to rip off a super hot streak the rest of the way and sprint to this finish line!
We got another impressive start from Andrew Albers, with 6 innings of shutout ball. Even more impressive was the Mariners’ offense, who ripped off a 6-spot in the bottom of the fourth to put this thing away early. After Albers, we made it the last three innings with our D-squad bullpen guys (Altavilla, Simmons and Lawrence) just giving up one garbage-time run.
Mitch Haniger was just a double away from the cycle (and one base-runner away from getting a fifth at bat to try to get that double), knocking one in and scoring three times. Nelson Cruz added another mammoth 3-run homer and Robbie Cano had 3 hits, 2 RBI, and a run scored. For what it’s worth, Haniger has come back to life lately. I hope that means he’s fully healthy and getting back to the hitter he was in April (and not, say, just a fluke).
I don’t know how much longer we can ride this gravy train, but Erasmo Ramirez goes for his sixth consecutive quality start this afternoon. Please, dear God, give this to me!