This is baseball, the good times weren’t going to last forever. Still, the Rangers?
The pitching had been on this unbelievable, unsustainable roll, pretty much since the last time we played the Rangers two weeks ago. Remember that 2-game series, coming off of that hard-luck road trip that had us make a layover in Minnesota on the way back? We came back to win the first game 9-8, then fell apart the next day, losing 5-1. Ever since that series – up through Monday – the most runs the Mariners gave up in the ensuing 11 games was 4. That has since changed the last two days.
Felix struggled in his latest start, on Tuesday, giving up 5 runs in 5 innings. It might’ve been 2 runs in 5 innings, but he was brought out to start the 6th and promptly loaded the bases without getting an out. With a little better play from the bullpen – or our catcher – we might’ve salvaged some of those runs. Instead, Pazos allowed them all to score. We were able to tie it up in the 8th, but Edwin Diaz fell apart in the 9th and that was that. A 9-5 loss. Not a problem. Diaz is usually great, he’s been criminally over-worked, and these games happen from time to time.
Besides, we had James Paxton all lined up to go last night! He’s essentially got the Pitcher of the Month award all locked up! We got this!
Yeah, except we didn’t. Paxton had a rough go of it in the 5th inning and apparently expended all the energy the manager was willing to allow him to expend. We nevertheless handed a 2-run lead to the bullpen and asked them to get the final 12 outs. They were unable to do this without gagging the game away.
Another passed ball by Zunino (the second in two games; perhaps he too is criminally over-worked) led to an unearned run allowed by Altavilla in the 6th. The Mariners were able to get that run back in the bottom half, so all was well as we headed into the later innings. Yet, in the 7th, Ryan Cook allowed two runners to get into scoring position, and Scrabble came in to fuck everything up like he always does (when is it going to be time to dump his ass? Because I don’t think he’s ever going to figure it out). He gave up a game-tying single, then walked the bases loaded before Juan Nicasio gave up the go-behind runs. We got one back in the bottom of the 9th, but it wasn’t meant to be. We lost this one 7-6.
There’s one game left in the month, and one game left in this Rangers series. It would be nice to get the split. It would also be nice if the offense just pounded the Rangers into submission. And, it’ll be nicest of all to have Dee Gordon back at second base instead of the black hole we’ve had there in his absence.