I’m not gonna lie to you, with my schedule, I could go for as many mid-week 2pm start times as you’ll give me!
I really got into this one. It was around 3:30pm by the time I got home from work, so I got to see more than half of this one, and it was a nailbiter to the end. Marco Gonzales got the start and looked shockingly competent! He had a strong opening week start, then followed that up with three really lousy outings before coming back here with a 6+ inning, 5-hit affair with 1 walk and a whopping 8 strikeouts. That’s back to back games now with 8 strikeouts apiece, so here’s hoping that he’s putting something together.
Scott Servais, for some reason, opted to bring him out to face one batter in the seventh, which I didn’t fully understand. Sure, the pitch count was low, but we’re talking about the heart of the order, the third time through the lineup. And, if you’re just going to yank him the instant he gets into trouble, then why bother in the first place? I’d rather give the bullpen a fresh inning instead of what happened: where Dan Altavilla has to go in there with no outs and a runner on second base in a 1-0 game. All so you can roll the dice in the unlikely situation that Gonzales throws a 1-2-3 seventh inning? I don’t think the reward matches the risk in this one.
Thankfully, Altavilla was on his game, pounding the strike zone. And, luckily, Scrabble got the final out of the inning because the guy hit it hard right at Segura. He still looks AWFULLY shitty through this first month of the season, and better turn it around in a hurry or he could be looking for a job elsewhere.
Juan Nicasio came in and looked as good as he’s looked all year, which is great to see. And, Edwin Diaz followed his 4-out save the other day – where he had to throw a billion pitches and barely got out of the game unscathed – by just destroying the three batters he faced, netting his league-leading 9th save of the season.
All the scoring happened before I got home, so all I know is that Mitch Haniger singled in Kyle Seager following his double. Haniger has been among the league’s most valuable players through the first four weeks of the season, currently with 8 homers, 5 doubles, and 24 RBI. All of last year, Haniger had 16 homers, 25 doubles, and 47 RBI, just to show you how far he’s come.
This was a much-needed bounce back for the Mariners, as they blew the finale down in Texas and got killed in the opener against the White Sox. As the Mariners seemingly always struggle in Chicago, I fully expected them to blow this 1-0 game, but maybe it’s a new day. I guess we’ll find out later this afternoon as they wrap up the series before a 4-game set in Cleveland to close out the month.