Innings 1-4: Isabelle
Ben Gamel centerfielder WHY. His defense is suspect in left field on anything moving not forwards, so why play him in center in one of the most cavernous outfields in baseball? Dude had better mash.
*Author’s belated note: he has not mashed. He has, however, made me want to mash my face into the nearby foul pole on the basepaths in the fourth.
Speaking of the fourth inning, thus far the Rockies have scored four runs on five hits and it’s been perhaps the least riveting pitching matchups this season. But Christian Bergman has a hit! He bought himself another inning or two!
Lets be honest, we’re only here for Dinger(s).
Inning 5: John
What do you think of when you consider Coors Field? Expansive outfield gaps? Altitude-aided slugging percentages? Maureen Dowd? It could be any of these, but this inning it was well-placed ground balls. Christian Bergman’s string came to its end about two innings previous, but his official execution came in the 5th at last, after Charlie Blackmon ran himself out of scoring position.
James Pazos entered to face former-threat Carlos Gonzalez and induced a dribbler that was beaten out thanks to a miscommunication between Pazos and the physics of the situation. What followed was a different manner of unfortunate sequencing than Coors typically provides, as a series of groundballs snuck through the infield, stretching the lead from 4-3 to 8-3. It was an unfortunate sequence that squandered a rare aggressive bullpen move by Scott Servais to attempt to diffuse a rally with one of his better relievers. Hopefully it doesn’t discourage future creativity.
This inning was enough to send us out of our seats and roaming around Coors. We found a cornhole set and posted up to monitor the fallout.
Innings 6-9: Zach
The Mariners being down 8-3 felt like something of a death sentence with how the team has been hitting lately, so it’s hard to fault Scott Servais for wanting to conserve his bullpen by bringing in Mike Morin. This, of course, went about as well as you would think. Morin gave up two runs so quickly that you’d of thought he was trying desperately to make up his quota of shitty outings. Not that he was behind on that quota.
The two runs didn’t really end up mattering in the final score, but one wonders if things might have gone a little differently had the Mariners been closer. A rally did finally come, but it was too little, too late. If the Mariners are within a run at the end, maybe things turn out differently.
You clearly don’t want to burn a great reliever in the 7th down by five runs, but bringing in Mike Morin felt like throwing in the towel.
The Mariners are still very much in the pole position for the second Wild Card spot, but it’s getting easier and easier to feel the A’s breathing down their necks.
Hopefully tomorrow goes better. The Mariners will be starting their best pitcher - Not Christian Bergman - so they have that going for them.