The Seattle Mariners have a lot to think about on the long flight home from the other Washington after losing 1-0 today to the Nationals who completed the three game sweep with the win today. As usual the Mariners got great starting pitching from starter who went seven innings of shutout ball fanning nine Nationals and breaking-up the no-hitter with a single off in the sixth.
Pineda pitched a great game in the heat before handing over the ball to in the eighth who rebounded from the melt-down on Tuesday with a scoreless frame himself. brought into pitch the ninth and he immediately surrendered a lead-off single to ex-Mariner . The Nationals loaded the sacks with a couple of bunts and though made a great play from his knees at short to get the first out, you knew the National were going to pull this one out just like on “Black Tuesday”. And sure enough they did when veteran Lance Nix hit a sacrifice fly to score from third handing the Mariners a 1-0 bitter loss at the hands of the surging Nationals.
The Mariners starters only allowed two earned runs for the whole series and yet the offense looked worse than it has since April this week. It is looking like is once again choking at the Major League level and is now hitting a measly .179 since getting the call from Tacoma. Peguero seems to be mired in a prolonged slump as well leaving only left out of this batch of rookies to earn a spot on the big club. Of course coming into 2011 everyone was clamoring to let the youngsters play and indeed they are getting a shot with Pinero, Smoak and Ackley looking like keepers with the rest of the kids hanging on by the skin of their teeth.
The Mariners head home 2 1/2 games behind the idle Rangers with the Angels and A”s chomping at their heels heading into an odd series against the Florida Marlins where the National League rules will prevail and we will act as the visisting team despite playing at Safeco. will try to play the role of stopper when the Ace takes the mound Friday. But unless the offense wakes-up it doesn”t seem to matter how well the starters on this club do which is depressing.
As another odd twist to this series Nationals manager quit right after the game despite his team”s recent surge to one game over .500 with this win. Apparently Riggleman was upset that the Nationals Brass would not pick-up his option for next year. Sounds like a selfish motive to me but nothing surprises me these days, I wish would just up and quit!
The Mariners brass needs to decide pretty soon if they are serious about competing this year and if so how are they going to beef-up this anemic offense. I am not holding my breath for a blockbuster trade to transpire any time soon as the realities of the financial obligations the club owes to our current roster will pretty much assure that we won”t be getting the infamous ” Big Bat” that we have been waiting for several years for.Go M”s! http://jeffsmariners.com