Hello and welcome to another summer evening of Mariner baseball, and you know what, no matter how bad the baseball gets, I will just not tire of saying that.
I don’t know if you know this, but staff writer Connor works for Cupcake Royale and has just told us the featured cupcake for this month is called the “Blue Hawaiian”—coconut cake with pineapple filling and a rum-blue curaçao frosting—and it is all I can do to remain here and not fly immediately to my nearest CR to procure one. Confession: I love tiki drinks, as cheesy and culturally appropriative and downright disgusting as they often can be. I love their transportive qualities in the middle of a gloomy Seattle winter, pretending I’m in a 1960s surf movie, but even more so in the summer where I can kind of squint and pretend we have a beach culture like other places. What are your favorite trappings of summer?
Definitely one of mine is seeing Marco Gonzales on the mound, as he will be tonight. The rest of tonight’s lineups:
#Mariners GameDay Info - August 5 vs. #Angels. Lineups, Game Notes & More: https://t.co/QP2Fxikvl7— Mariners PR (@MarinersPR) August 5, 2020
First Pitch: 6:40 pm PT
Radio: @710ESPNSeattle & the Mariners Radio Network pic.twitter.com/vO9lqaMIEh
A wild Vogelbach appears! Also, what’s up, Dylan Moore, two-hole hitter? The Mariners will be facing former John Trupin crush Julio Teheran (as a former college pitcher, he loves a good pickoff move), and an almost entirely RHH Angels lineup that features one Jo Adell but no Shohei Ohtani.
The Mariners released a little bit of not-great news earlier: Kendall Graveman is headed to the IL and will miss at least two and maybe more starts:
Servais says Kendall Graveman still having tests on neck, but "he's going to be out some time. This is going to be more than one start.”— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) August 5, 2020
And Tom Murphy isn’t able to hit yet, although he’s getting work in the cages:
Mariners other health update regards catcher Tom Murphy, who was finally feeling some improvement yesterday with broken bone in his foot. But Servais said still no timetable on his return.— Greg Johns (@GregJohnsMLB) August 5, 2020
Game time: 6:40 PM PT
Available on: 710 ESPN (radio), ROOT NW (TV), MLB.TV for those of you not lucky enough to be living in this picture-perfect Seattle day (but who get to watch the stream nonetheless)
Off to throw some fruit and rum into the blender. It’s beach time, baby.