BY SPNW Staff 11:04PM 07/28/2015

Game recap: Diamondbacks 8, Mariners 4

Takeaway

In losing 8-4 to Arizona Tuesday night at Safeco, the Mariners did something that they have done only twice previously in July — lose back-to-back games. That might be a good thing, had it not been for the fact that the Mariners have won back-to-back games only once in July. At least it only took nine innings this time.

Essential moment

While Mariners Nelson Cruz and Mike Zunino each contributed a mammoth home run, it was the bases-loaded double from Arizona’s Chris Owings in the sixth that made the most noise. The two runs turned a close game into a blowout while saddling Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma with his worst line of the season.

Pitchers

If Tuesday night’s start was an audition, then Iwakuma won’t have to worry about changing addresses anytime soon. The veteran’s final start before Friday’s trade deadline was one of his worst. Iwakuma gave up season highs of 10 hits and six earned runs over 5.2 innings. GM Jack Zduriencik’s phone probably wasn’t blowing up afterward.

LHP David Rollins didn’t provide much relief in his 1.2 innings of work, but he did make the defensive play of the night while out-running Arizona leadoff hitter Ender Inciarte to first base for an unassisted putout to end the sixth.

Hitters

Zunino has come out of his slump in a big way over the past week, not that it came in time to save the Mariners’ season. He hit a 452-foot home run on the first pitch he saw Monday, and if not for a couple of nice plays by opposing leftfielders, it very well could have been his third homer in as many games.

Cruz opened the sixth in similar fashion, hammering the first pitch from Arizona starter Zack Godley 440 feet above the left-field scoreboard. SS Brad Miller drove in a pair of runs with a sixth-inning double and a single off the wall in the ninth. Miller hadn’t driven in multiple runs in a game since July 3.

Words

“It’s tough, but nobody feels sorry for you in this game. We’ve got to continue to grind it out, continue to get better. We’ll come out (Wednesday) and try to win a ball game.” – manager Lloyd McClendon

Noteworthy

Zunino’s 452-foot homer was the third-longest in Safeco Field history, trailing only 462 feet by Barry Bonds (6/16/06 off Felix Hernandez) and 460 feet by Raul Ibañez (6/20/07 off Dan Kolb) . . . Arizona CF A.J. Pollock stole second base during Tuesday’s first inning, which was notable because Iwakuma had not allowed a stolen base since September 2013, having gone 35 starts without allowing a steal. Opposing baserunners, of which there were 239 in that span, were a combined 0-for-9 against Iwakuma before Pollock . . .Former Mariner Welington Castillo was not in the lineup, having been hit in the elbow twice in a span of three games. No damage was structural, but there’s a good chance the catcher has played his last game of the series . . .LF Dustin Ackley got a rare start Tuesday, his first of the homestand. Ackley has been in the lineup four times since July 10. Since OF Mark Trumbo was acquired June 3, Ackley has started 16 times.

Next

A beautiful day, an afternoon game and King Felix on the mound. It lines up to be a pretty good day at Safeco Field on Wednesday. RHP Felix Hernandez (12-5, 2.69 ERA) has had plenty of success in afternoon starts – he’s 3-1 with a 1.72 ERA this season and 8-1 with a 1.53 ERA over the past two seasons. Hernandez is scheduled to face Arizona starter Patrick Corbin (1-3, 3.68 ERA) on Wednesday. First pitch is scheduled for 12:40 p.m.

 


YourThoughts

  • crc

    Mariners are the Sounders of baseball

  • Rj Smith

    Only 9 games UNDER .500

  • Kevin Lynch

    What if they lose today? Swept by the baby backs? Even if they win they have dropped the season series to the Snakes, at home. Ugh. Beaten by the speedy iguanas. Here’s a thought: maybe we need to drop the whole seafaring theme on the name and rename the M’s the Seattle Chuckwallas. That would honor Chuck Armstrong, Walla Walla and the advent of global warming all at the same time. No? Seattle Collared Lizards? We could give them Elizabethan collars for a new uniform design. Seattle Fringe-toed Lizards? Just tryin’ to use actual reptile names. Seattle Long-Nosed Leopard Lizards?

    • Rj Smith

      And yet there are people that think these goofballs can still make a magical run at something and/or are satisfied with this team anyway because it allegedly isn’t the worst they’ve ever seen. This team is plain awful. Period. They don’t do anything well….. except play poorly at home, lose game after game, series after series & make excuses.

  • Rj Smith

    So I just checked the score of the current game box score. Glad I’m not dumb enough to watch this crap anymore. Why am I NOT surprised the so-called “King” is having his butt stomped AGAIN! What a joke! And OF COURSE ex Mariner Wellington Castillo hits a HR, saw that one coming. How’s Mark BUMbo doing so far? Top to bottom this team is a complete joke.

  • Rj Smith

    So these idiots just promoted under performing DJ Peterson to Tacoma….. rushing another player thru….. another young player they are going to ruin. Sigh.