By: Joey Segur
The Seattle Mariners take game one against the Angels with the score of 5-2. Hisashi Iwakuma was amazing tonight! He didn’t have his strike out pitch in the game today but lasted 8 innings, throwing 89 pitches and retired 10 consecutive players before being pulled. Iwakuma gets the no decision tonight while giving up 2 earned runs, 6 hits and two strike outs. Iwakuma ends the game with a 3.81 ERA for the early 2016 season.
The Mariners first inning looked promising with bases loaded and no outs, but the problem of getting base hits with runners in scoring position is still around. The Mariners still brought two runs in with two sacrifice fly outs from Nelson Cruz and Adam Lind but they should have at least capitalized more on the bases loaded situation. In the bottom of the fourth Kole Calhoun hit a solo shot to right-center field and in the home half of the fifth C.J. Cron tied it up with a no doubter. Both teams struggled to put men on base and start an offensive rally, but in the 10th inning the Mariners got their bats together. Ketel Marte started the 10th inning with a single followed by a sac bunt from Aoki. Franklin Gutierrez pinch hit for Seth Smith and drives in Marte with a RBI single making it a 3-2 game. After a Cano fly out Nelson Cruz hits a two run shot about an inch above the short left field fence making it a 5-2 lead. Steve Cishek would take the mound in the bottom of the 10th and get his 4th save of the season after retiring the only 3 batters to come to the plate.
The Seattle Mariners and still waiting for Kyle Seager and Ketel Marte’s bat to show up, with both of the hitter batting below a .200 average. Seager is known to blow up after the first month or so, but it would be nice to see him preform well all season long.
The Mariners take on the Angels tomorrow in game two of the three game series. With Houston and Texas losing today it would be very helpful that the Mariners take the series in this divison match up. King Felix will take the mound after missing tonight’s start with flu like symptoms. The King is one strike out away from breaking the record for most strike outs in franchise history! I dont know about you but I’m 99.9% sure we will all see history tomorrow! Go Mariners!