Seeing Franklin Gutierrez get a home run ball stolen from him by some beer-swilling, hot-dog-eating imposter in the stands was bad enough.
But seeing the Mariners go down by a seemingly-insurmountable two runs in the seventh on only the second Texas hit of the night — a solo hoer by A.J. Pierzynski — was likely even worse than the first slight. All told, once the Mariners had finished booting the ball around in the eighth, the Rangers had five runs on only five hits and a 5-0 win over Seattle’s finest.
The Mariners, of course, had five hits of their own. But they have stopped hitting home runs and now seem to only collect singles just like…every year since 2010. So, the inevitable shutout was at-hand and the scoreless innings streak for the team has now reached 19 innings.
The positive news is, the Mariners kept their strikeout totals in single digits. But they again hit into two double plays and lead the league in that category. Heck, they pretty much lead the league in every category that makes a tea look bad offensively, so that’s not a surprise.
Brandon Maurer pitched a very good game tonight. And it was wasted.
This team has to figure some things out in a hurry because while it may be early, we’ve seen this disappearing act before and it tends to get late quickly in the Emerald City.