This season really has been a rollercoaster. There are stretches where the club looks good and puts a good streak of wins together and then there are stretches where just nothing goes right. Unfortunately, there have been a lot more of the latter. The losing streak continued tonight as the Mariners dropped game three to the Padres. This was the 6th game in a row that Seattle has lost.
Erasmo Ramirez made his first start of the year and his first appearance since he was sent down at the end of April. He was pitching pretty well at the start but then things got ugly. Through 4 innings, Ramirez cruised. The only two base runners he had allowed were a walk in the first and an infield base hit in the second. He struck out three batters in those 4 innings.
In the fifth though, Ramirez loaded the bases with zero outs and the Padres took advantage. San Diego picked up three runs on a base hit and a fielders choice and they got to Ramirez again in the sixth. Carlos Quentin and Yonder Alonso opened up the 6th with back to back base hits and Chris Denorfia scored one on a double. That was it for Ramirez as he was relieved by Iwakuma. Ramirez pitched well through the first four innings but his final line on the day is 5.0IP 5ER (6R) 1BB 3K.
Iwakuma didn’t do his job after relieving Ramirez, giving up an RBI base hit to Jesus Guzman, the first batter he faced, and that was it for Iwakuma. Charlie Furbush then entered the game giving up one run but then struck out the last two batters to get out of the inning. Delebar entered the game in the seventh and pitched well. He pitched two innings of no hit ball, walking one and striking out three. Wilhelmsen came on to pitch in the ninth and he also pitched really well, striking out two batters while not allowing a runner on base.
Ramirez had a rough two innings but the offense was not able to get him off the hook. Seattle scored only two runs and had only five base hits. The firstSeattlerun came in the seventh, after they were able to string together a few base hits. Franklin Gutierrez picked up a one out walk and with two outs, Ichiro picked up a base hit moving Guti over to third. Ackley picked him up with an RBI base hit but that was it for Seattle on the inning.
The Mariners scored again in the eighth, this time off of the bat of Gutierrez. Justin Smoak walked and moved up to second on a wild pitch. John Jaso followed him up with a walk and Guti picked Smoak up with an RBI base hit. Gutierrez had a nice season debut today going 1-2 with a walk, and RBI, and a run. He took his usual spot in center, moving Michael Saunders over to left field. John Jaso also had himself a nice day going 1-2 with two walks. Seager, Ackley, and Ichiro picked up the other three Mariners base hits.
The outcome wasn’t the best today, but it was nice to continue to see Seattle show some patience at the plate as they picked up six walks on the day. Inner league play continues with the Giants coming to town tomorrow. They will see Ryan Vogelsong, Tim Lincecum, and Madison Bumgarner in that order. Hopefully Seattle can finish off the home stand on a positive note and put an end to the losing streak.