A 2 game winning streak and some momentum going into the series finale Sunday, with righty Hisashi Iwakuma on the mound sounded great. Had Carson Smith gotten one more slow grounder, that would have been the case. But, instead, it was another tough loss for a team that deserved the win backed by 6 quality innings from rookie Mike Montgomery
It was all shaping up perfectly for Seattle, a quality start, another Nelson Cruz home run and the bullpen holding strong, particularly Fernando Rodney, who unusually struck out the side in order. But after missing out on some much-needed insurance in the 7th, things went south as closer Carson Smith blew his 3rd straight ball game, giving up the walk off single to catcher Kurt Suzuki.
For Mariners fans it was just another reminder of their disappointing season, as hope was crushed in the most devastating circumstances. As I sat there smiling in disbelief and shaking my head, I am forced to ask why do I still care? This team has torn up Mariners fans’ hearts over so many years. Yet we, as fans, continue to support our Mariners and turn to the next day. I ask myself maybe it will turn because all the faith every fan has shown over the years, we are bound to be rewarded.
Hisashi Iwakuma (2-2 5.10 ERA) takes on Mike Pelfrey (5-7 3.92 ERA) as the Twins aim to win their first series since the All-Star Break. The Mariners will look to bounce back from today’s lose, as Mike Pelfrey has struggled with his command lately goiing 0-4 with a 5.22 ERA over his last 5 starts.
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Hisashi Iwakuma has been all class against the Twins of recent times, going 5-0 with 1 walk and 15 strikeouts. I’m tipping him to have a quality start for the Mariners come Sunday.