There were two outs and none on, but a single and then two Oliver Perez walks later, the bases were loaded. Perez then uncorked a pitch that bounced off Mike Zunino for a passed ball that ended the game. Mariners lose 2-1 in 10. That’s a club record 12th walkoff loss.
7:32 p.m.: Defense just cost the Mariners a tying run in the bottom of the eighth after Nick Franklin had a pop fly by pinch-hitter Brock Peterson fall in on him for a two-base error with one out. Peterson then stole third during a walk — with Kyle Seager leaping to keep the throw from heading down the left field line. Charlie Furbush got the double-play ball he needed after that, but Brad Miller’s throw on the back end bounced in the dirt and Kendrys Morales failed to scoop it.
So, instead of a 4-6-3 double play, the game is tied 1-1.
Justin Smoak has scooped balls like those all season. But he’s sitting tonight because of NL rules in effect and no DH. The Mariners could have brought Smoak in late as a defensive replacement, but Morales is due up in the ninth and I’m sure that’s why he’s still in the game at this point.
6:42 p.m.: Mike Zunino led off the top of the 5th with a 435-foot home run to left field off Adam Wainright, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead. They almost doubled that advantage later in the inning when, with Nick Franklin on second base, Abraham Almonte hit a bounding ball up the middle that looked headed into center field. That would have scored the run because Franklin was flying around third. But second baseman Matt Carpenter made a full-out dive to knock the ball down, got up and nabbed Franklin in and inning-ending rundown between third and home.
4:40 p.m.: The Mariners take on the division-leading Cardinals tonight in St. Louis, hoping to snap a four-game losing streak. Hisashi Iwakuma takes the mound, with his innings total at 196 2/3 and hoping to get it to 200 and beyond. That’s no guarantee the way the M’s have played lately, so we’ll see.
Felix Hernandez threw off flat ground today. He’s supposed to throw a bullpen session on Monday in Detroit and then could start there against the Tigers on Wednesday if everything goes perfectly well.