Written by Tony Pente
Mariners take out Orioles 6-2
Tough night for the Orioles as their offense failed to hit in the clutch but Seattle’s did as they defeated the Orioles 6-2. Miguel Gonzalez took the loss with the big blow being a three-run by Robinson Cano in the 5th inning.
- Miguel Gonzalez came into tonight’s start red hot putting up a 1.82 ERA in four July starts. He started off hot using 11 pitches to get through the first inning. In the second though, after getting two quick outs, the Mariners loaded the bases against Gonzo before he was able to get out of the inning unscored upon despite using 31 pitches. The Mariners finally go to him in the 3rd inning when Dustin Ackley hit a solo homer to tie the game at 1-1. After a quiet 4th, Gonzalez struggled in the 5th allowing runners to get on 2nd and 3rd with one out before giving up a three run homer to Robinson Cano to make it 4-1. Buck pulled him after the inning despite being at just 91-pitches.
- Brad Brach came on in the 6th inning and got four outs before walking Austin Jackson with one out in the 7th.
- Brian Matusz replaced Brach striking out Dustin Ackley (who was red hot) before getting Cano to popped out to shallow center. In the 8th, Matusz got an out sandwiched between a bloop hit and walk and left with runners on 1st and 2nd and one out.
- Tommy Hunter came on and induced a nifty 5-4-3 double play to quell the jam. In the 9th, he got two quick outs before Austin Jackson lifted a 1-2 slider into right field for a bloop single. With the lefties coming up, Buck pulled him for TJ McFarland.
-TJ McFarland came and allowed Ackley to reach on an infield single up the middle then hit Cano to load the bases. He then allowed a two-run single to Kendrys Morales to make it 6-2.
- Orioles hitters went 0-for-6 with runners in scoring position through the first two innings, and 0-for-11 until Ryan Flaherty's two-out pinch-hit single in the bottom of the 9th that plated Steve Pearce.
- Manny Machado stayed hot going 3-for-5 including a double and an infield single in the 8th.
- Caleb Joseph smacked his 4th home run of the season in the 5th inning to cut the lead to 4-2 and then smacked a 97-mph inside fastball down the left field line for a double in the 7th.
- In the 3rd inning Nick Markakis made a fantastic sliding catch that robbed Robinson Cano of a Texas Leaguer hit.
- In the shift, Manny Machado made a nice play deep at short before firing a strike to get the runner by a step in the 5th.
Key Moments in game
- The Orioles put runners on second and third with no outs in the first inning but only scored one run after an RBi ground out by Adam Jones and back to back strike outs by Nelson Cruz and Delmond Young.
- With runners on 2nd and 3rd and one out in the 5th inning, manager Buck Showalter choose to pitch to Robinson Cano instead of walking him to set up the double play. Cano hit a three-run homer to put the Mariners up 4-1.
Observations and musings
- Pitchers are just pitching Nelson Cruz away with offspeed stuff and he’s not making the adjustments. After going to other way often earlier in the season, Cruz keeps pulling his head out as he tries to pull everything. He’s honestly embarrassing at the plate right now.
- I have theory that Seattle pitching coach Rick Waits goes to the mound so often in order to show off his kick-ass mustache.
- It’s a little embarrassing on “Crush Man” action figure night, Chris Davis didn’t start then flew out in a pinch hitting appearance.
- Buck didn’t have a great night tonight. His decision to pitch to Robinson Cano in the 5th with first base open and then pulling Tommy Hunter in a 4-2 game for an ineffective TJ McFarland came back to bite him. Sometimes you push the right buttons, but tonight pushed the wrong ones.
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