Joe Saunders pitched one of the better games we’ve seen from him, getting the eight-inning complete game and allowing just one run.
But his Mariners couldn’t score and so he and they took a 1-0 loss to the Los Angeles Angels. The Mariners had just two hits over seven innings against Angels starter C.J. Wilson and then none against the bullpen.
In oher words, this is starting to look like the offense of two or three years ago, minus all the home runs. It came at a terrible time, too, since the Mariners needed to start maing inroads towards that .500 mark. Instead, they’ve been stuck in this ongoing dance between eight-and-10 games under and can never make any steady progress because they rarely win more than two or three in a row.
It’s getting to the point where if the Mariners don’t go deep, they don’t score. They are also scoring all of their runs in just one or two innings per night and that’s usually a good way not to tally very many runs.
Saunders got a double play grounder off the at of Albert Pujols in the third inning with runners at the corners and one out. He got another off the bat of Mark Trumbo in the eighth with two on and the Angels looking for some insurance.
Turns out, they didn’t need any.
Maybe Saunders does. He should call All-State. Tonight, he wasn’t in good hands.