By: Joey Segur
The Seattle Mariners fell short in Tuesday’s game with two long shots from Daniel Murphy and Mike Trout. The Mariners started off well with a solo shot to deep center field from Nelson Cruz, hitting his 42nd homer of the season. Before Cruz hit his 42nd home run of the season, Ketel Marte was caught stealing at 2nd base, which ended up hurting the M’s a lot since they fell short 4-3. If Marte stayed on first or ended up safe at 2nd, the game would have been tied after Franklin Gutierrez smacked his 13th home run of the season in the home half of the 7th, potentially sending the game into extra innings.
Felix Hernandez pitched a pretty decent game, lasting 7 innings while giving up 5 hits, 4 runs that were all earned with 5 strikeouts. The King gave up all 4 runs off of home runs including Daniel Murphy’s 3 run shot in the third inning. Mike Trout also added to the Angels score by hitting his 36th long shot of the season to The Pen in deep center field. With this loss, King Felix earned his 9th loss of the season and holds a 3.55 era for the season. Nick Tropeano only lasted 5 innings but ended up with the win making it his 2nd win of the season. With Tropeano’s 5 innings, he finished with 5 strikeouts while giving up 4 hits and two runs.
With two to three more starts for the King this season, his chance for his first ever 20 win season seems as likely as the Mariners to make the playoffs. With every loss slims down the slight chance the M’s have to make it to the big wild card game they have been hoping for in the last 14 long years. The Mariners are 8 games back from The Texas Rangers, who are the new AL West leader, and 7.5 games back from the wildcard spot. The Mariners will need something short of a miracle to make it to the playoffs this year, but their remaining schedule has potential written all over it.