Sluggish Mariners Dropped A Series To The White Sox

I’m struggling to find it problematic that the Mariners lost this series. Although, I will say, it’s mystifying that we had a chance to prevail in the rubber match against an inferior opponent – much like that last A’s series we lost a few weeks back – but Luis Castillo couldn’t muster a dominant outing once again.

You could argue we lost the series in Game 1 on Monday. That game notoriously followed the one in Cleveland on Sunday that took all damn day due to rain delays, necessitating us returning to Seattle in the wee hours of Monday morning. And yet, we got a quality start out of Marco Gonzales (7 innings, 3 runs), and ultimately made a game of it in the end, before falling 3-2. One more timely hit and who knows how things turn out?

Tuesday’s game was pretty damn fun, with Logan Gilbert throwing 6 shutout innings, giving up 5 hits, 0 walks, and striking out 9. We were clinging to a 1-0 lead into the 8th inning, before Sam Haggerty worked a walk, stole a base, and was rewarded by scoring on a 2-run bomb by Cal Raleigh. The bullpen locked it down and it was a clean 3-0 victory.

Then, we get to the aforementioned Luis Castillo game, which I should say wasn’t totally his fault. He actually WAS pretty dominant to start – striking out the first seven batters he faced, a Mariners record – but the defense let him down and things went off the rails. A missed opportunity on a double play – where the runner beat it out by a hair, which was correctly overturned on replay – led to the next batter mashing a 2-run home run after all the M’s thought they were out of the inning. That kind of lapse didn’t seem big at the time – we were up 4-0 at the time, so 4-2 isn’t terrible – but it loomed large.

From there, I don’t even know. Everyone went into the game lauding the Mariners’ defense – mostly to contrast the shitty D of the White Sox – but we ended up with 3 errors on the day, and however many other mishandled balls that didn’t quite reach the level of error. The White Sox scored 3 unearned runs in the sixth (4 runs total), an unearned run in the eighth, and 2 unearned runs in the ninth. The offense did what they needed to do – including two homers by Eugenio Suarez – but the end result was a 9-6 defeat.

But, like I said up top, I’m not mad. We just swept an entire fucking road trip, we can afford to lose 2 of 3 to the White Sox (a team we’re almost certainly not going to see in the playoffs). Now, we get a much-needed off-day before a weekend series against a VERY good Braves team. I’ll be there on Saturday, I’ll let you know how we look.

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