Welcome to a work-abbreviated and tardy game thread! Today the Mariners try to get back on the horse of winning series by capturing another victory in Baltimore against the Orioles. Yes, I too have trouble mentally fashioning the abstract and arbitrary concept of winning baseball series into the equine. No I will not delete the metaphor, because this is a game thread and YOU AREN'T ALLOWED TO EDIT GAME THREADS. A lot of people forget that actually.
Taijuan Walker has been dazzling the majority of the year, and a 23 year old with a big fastball and so-so command some of it. His biggest weakness, the home run ball, could very well make an appearance tonight against a big, bad, bopping Orioles lineup.
That may not matter, however, as the Mariners bring a formidable offense of their own to play, and Chris Tillman is prone to a touch of the gophers himself. The Mariners have been playing great on the road so far this year. How great? Well let me embed a tweet to help accentuate and prove my point:
Baseball is a game of adjustments, ebbs, flows, and reactions. Getting swept by the Angels sucked. However, it's a huge credit to the team that, after a long flight cross country, they came ready to play and jumped all over the Orioles last night. Good teams don't win every game, but good teams keep themselves from spiraling downward. The Mariners have now done it twice this year, and it's a refreshing change of protocol.
|SEATTLE MARINERS||BALTIMORE ORIOLES|
|Norichika Aoki - LF||Joey Rickard - RF|
|Seth Smith - RF||Manny Machado - SS|
|Robinson Cano - 2B||Adam Jones - CF|
|Nelson Cruz - DH||Chris Davis - 1B|
|Kyle Seager - 3B||Mark Trumbo - DH|
|Adam Lind - 1B||Matt Wieters - C|
|Chris Iannetta - C||Pedro Alvarez - 3B|
|Ketel Marte - SS||Jonathan Schoop - 2B|
|Leonys Martin - CF||Hyun-soo Kim - LF|
|Taijuan Walker - RHP||Chris Tillman - RHP|
- Mariners @ Orioles, 4:05 PM PDT, Oriole Park at Camden Yards
- TV: ROOT, Radio: 710 ESPN, Online: MLB.TV
Win, you fearsome, soul-crushing, first place beasts of war.