Despite the loss, the Mariners are FIVE games over .500, currently hold the second wild card slot and, with a win tomorrow, have a chance to record their third straight series victory.
ON the MOUND
For a time it seemed like Pete Carroll’s mantra (“it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish!) might be applicable for Roenis . . .
He gave up TWO runs in the 1st but then, including the 1st inning ending double-play, he proceeded to retire NINE in-a-row, keeping the Tribe at bay for the next THREE innings. Then came the 5th and the 6th when he got hit hard, again (single, double, sac-fly and homer scoring a total of THREE more runs in those TWO innings). I guess it still is all about how you finish – unfortunately for Roenis, it wasn’t a good finish . . .
SIX innings ~ SIX hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ TWO walks ~ TWO strikeouts
the bullpen, however, started great and ended great . . .
}Dom, Brandon and Tom were LIGHTS OUT – combining for THREE scoreless innings, allowing only ONE hit, NO walks and striking out FOUR
AT the PLATE
As much as Roenis struggled, he did gut it out through SIX and should have received a LOT more help from his bats . . .
~ The M’s didn’t collect their first hit until the 5th when Kyle singled – he would ultimately be their ONLY base-runner. He then went from 1B all the way to 3B on a WP and an errant throw but, was left stranded. Kyle was also ROBBED of extra bases by Raburn in the 2nd.
~ And that, was all she wrote, as Tomlin tossed a complete game, one-hit shut-out – Kudos to him!
~ It was the NINTH time the M’s have been shut out and the SIXTH time they lost in a blow-out (curiously, they are 12-6 in blow-outs, and 9-13 in ONE run games)
IN the FIELD
* Zu a l m o s t made a great foul territory catch – over the dugout rail and over Lloyd’s back – it rattled around in his catcher’s mitt for a bit but then on the next pitch went into the bullpen
* Zu nails another would-be 2B stealer
tweets of the game . . .