ON the MOUND
Roenis couldn’t quite hang with Sale , oh that ONE inning . . .
They traded scoreless frames, each allowing a couple of singles, through three innings and, even after Roenis gave up a lead-off homer in the 4th, it seemed like he might be up to the task (as he’s shown he can recompose after some miscues). But, the wheels came off in the 5th when the WS scored FOUR on couple of singles, a HBP, a double and a homer and that would be it for Roenis . . .
FIVE innings ~ SEVEN hits ~ FIVE earned runs ~ ONE walk ~ SIX strikeouts
} Joe and Dom each threw a hitless inning but, Charlie gave up a TWO-run homer in garbage time. Charlie is the only M’s reliever with an ERA over THREE (with the exception of Brandon but, that doesn’t really count since most of that was from starting – Brandon’ has a 0.00 ERA so far in his young ‘pen stint). So, Blower’s quote prior to the game about this bullpen being “the best the Seattle Mariners have EVER had” rings true.
AT the PLATE
Only FOUR lefties all season had recorded a hit off Chris Sale (all singles) but, despite the fact that the M’s matched that total (Kyle, LoMo, Michael and Robbie – a double) – no dice, gotta tip the Kudos cap to Mr. Sale today.
~ Kyle had the M’s first hit against Sale (he was only the third lefty to collect a hit off him all season). Unfortunately, Kyle was gunned down at 2B trying to stretch a single into a double.
~ The M’s best scoring opportunity came in the 6th w/runners on 2B and 3B – Robbie struck out 😦
IN the FIELD
* A couple of nice running grabs in deep RF corner by Michael to end the 2nd and the 3rd with runners on
* a leaping snare by Kyle
* Eaton robs Robbie of double
tweets of the game . . .