ON THE MOUND
Things didn’t start out that bad for Aaron . . .
All things considered, through FOUR he’d only given up FOUR hits (granted two were homers) and the M’s had scored again in the top of the 5th to cut the deficit to ONE. But, then came the bottom of the 5th ~ and off came the wheels. A lead-off triple, a couple of singles, a couple of walks and ~oh, yeah~ a grand slam and the door was , basically slammed.
Blake was no help . . .
giving up THREE runs (including another homer) in his THREE innings of work
AT THE PLATE
The good news . . .
* FIVE extra base hits (doubles by Kyle, Kelly, Endy, Michael and Kyle’s first homer)
* Kyle was 3/4 with a walk, an RBI double, a homer ~ his hit streak stands at TEN games and his double total (10) leads the majors
The bad news . . .
the lineup was ONE for FOURTEEN w/RISP and another double digit strikeout game . . . . a r g h ! ! !
As Greg Johns details here, Michael Morse is not the only one whose offense has suffered since his his pinkie was broken . . .
After dropping Sunday’s series finale, 11-3, to the Rangers, the Mariners have scored 16 runs in the nine games since Morse’s injury, an average of 1.78 per game. In the 10 games he played prior to his injury, they averaged 4.2 runs.
Michael Saunders was lost the day after Morse and had also been settling in nicely, posting a 7-game hitting streak with a double, a triple and a homer and 5RBI prior to his shoulder injury. Michael is due to come off the DL on Friday but, progress is slow and he hasn’t even thrown yet, which is what will be most affected.
IN THE FIELD
one error a piece and no DP’s for either side
tweet of the game . . .
Here’s hoping they fair better vs. the Astros in Houston than they did at The Safe