This could get interesting for the Mariners if they can pull off another win or two this series. Don’t forget, they’ve got four against the Minnesota Twins — an awful road team — right after this.
But here tonight, the Mariners squeezed out a 2-1 win by doing just enough against the Cleveland Indians. That’s seven in a row, if you’re counting. And who isn’t at this stage? Remember, the entire Mariners season has pretty much been defined by that eight-game losing streak in May that began against these same Indians.
Now, the Mariners are a game away from wiping that off the board. They are five games under .500, but that can go away in a hurry with some consistent play the rest of this homestand.
The Mariners didn’t have much offense to speak of in this game, but they did what they had to with the long ball against a Cleveland team that doesn’t give up many of those.
Kendrys Morales went deep to right in the fourth and then Mike Zunino homered to left in the fifth — both blasts off starter Ubaldo Jimenez — and that was the game, folks.
Aaron Harang retired his final nine batters, did not allow a hit after the fourth inning, and the bullpen shut things down from there on the scoreoard.
Tom Wilhelmsen gave up a one-out double to Michael Brantley in the ninth, but survived it and nailed down the win. Wilhelmsen had some adventures, though, with the Indians eventually getting runners to the corners with two out before the Seattle closer got Lonnie Chisenhall to fly out to right.
Remember, it was a dropped ball by Wilhelmsen on a play at first base in the finale of that series in Cleveland that cost Seattle a win and extended the losing streak when it should have ended at three. So, this was some vindication for him.