Battle of Seattle and San Francisco Tech Bros.
After an amazing series win against the Rays, the Mariners pack up and head off on a week-long road trip before the All-Star break.They’ll take things easy with a three-game set in San Francisco before that. [grits teeth] A four-game series in Houston.
Despite the lack of flashy graphics today and less than two hours until game time, San Francisco’s line-up is “expected” rather than “definite”. I don’t know if that means things are moving forward or if it’s just standard Giants operating procedure, but we’ll see.
I’m not looking forward to the strikeout-heavy Mariners going up against Logan Webb. I remember the last time we played against him, he overpowered his opponent pretty well. Perhaps UC alum Brian Wu will invite friends and family over to his house to cheer on the rookie starter.
As for the Giants’ lineup, Jake and Lou did a great job of outlining the three main categories of Giants hitters in the series preview. I expect Wu to struggle the most against “veterans” in the latter category like Michael Comfort and Brandon Crawford. They’ll probably put up a tough, seasoned plate against young Wu. But again, Crawford appears to have finally lost a chess match against Father Time, marking his second straight year of offensive slump so far after a brief period of terminal clarity in 2021. are recording.
Today is a bit of a heavy news day for a strange orphan day between the holiday weekend and the holiday itself. Details of the transaction are as follows.
- The Mariners traded Trevor Gott and Chris Flexen to the Mets in exchange for a left-handed reliever named Zach McEnhahn. In case you missed it, Zach Mason provides the full transaction analysis here.
- RHP’s Bryce Miller heads to 15-day IL with blister problem. That would give him time to recover during All-Star Week, and hopefully only miss one start. RHP’s Darren McCohan, aka Cuck Attack, has been recalled from Tacoma and will start in place of Miller on Wednesday.
- RHP’s Matt Festa has also been recalled from Tacoma to replace Gott in the bullpen. Festa was the closer for Tacoma, with 13/14 save opportunities. He hasn’t hit as many players at Tacoma as he did at his peak 2022 Fiesta, but he still fights back to his orders from time to time, which is something to watch out for in the big leagues, but he’s really good at pulling out weak contacts, and he’s mostly forgiving. It never happened. The up home run is a special feat in PCL’s bounce house.
Today’s game information:
Tonight’s game kicks off at 6:45 with Dave Sims and Aaron Goldsmith televised on ROOT Sports NW. Tune in to Seattle Sports at 7:10 a.m. on the radio to hear Rick Liz and Gary Hill Jr. call the game from Oracle’s Park. Please note that tomorrow’s game will start at 1:35pm during special holiday hours and will return to nighttime (6:05pm) on Wednesday.
Today in Mariners history:
- 1982 – Jim Beattie named AL Pitcher of the Month for June. Beatty went 5-0 with a 1.77 ERA in six starts. He had 39 strikeouts in 45.2 IP.
- 1992 – The Mariners hit a triple play for the third time in history. With runners on first and third base, Omar Vizquel attempts a squeeze bunt. Detroit’s Skeeter Barnes caught the pop-up, tagged Dave Barre and threw to 1B Cecil Fielder to force out Harold Reynolds (5-3).
- 1997 – Bob Wells walks past the plate, becoming the first pitcher in Mariners history to score an RBI.
- 2011 – RHP’s Blake Bevan made his major league debut in a 3-1 victory over the Padres at Safeco Field. Bevan allowed 3 hits and 1 run in 7.0 innings, making him the eighth pitcher in franchise history to pitch at least 7.0 innings in his major league debut. He also became the second pitcher in franchise history to make his debut without allowing one run or less (Pat Rice, May 18, 1991).
- 2013 – Kyle Seager hit a 2-out 2-run homer in the top of the 10th to help the Mariners win 4-2 over the Texas Rangers in Arlington.
- 2015 – Mariners hit four two-run homers to help end JA Hap’s four-game losing streak in a 9-5 victory over Oakland… Happ allowed eight hits and three runs in an IP 6.0 or better on May 9. It’s the first win since… Smith, Cruz, and Miller each hit a two-run homer for Morrison and the Mariners.
- 2017 – The Mariners lost 3-1 to the Royals, but rookie pitcher Andrew Moore threw 8.0 innings, making 21 of the last 23 batters they faced after hitting the first homer in the second inning. I let it go. By throwing 7.0 innings in his MLB debut on June 22 against the DET, Moore became the third Mariners pitcher to complete 7.0 or more innings in his first two games.
- 2018 – Seattle wins eight straight after beating the Angels 4-1… Dee Gordon hits 300 career stolen bases, becoming one of only five active players with 300 or more career stolen bases.
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