Last season, the Baltimore Orioles owned the Seattle Mariners taking eight out of nine meetings. This year is a new season as the Mariners completed their best home stand of the season by taking their second straight series taking two of three from the Baltimore Orioles. Over the seven-game home stand, Seattle went 5-2, a positive sign after stumbling through a 1-5 road trip against the Rangers and Astros. Seattle inched closer to .500, standing at 13-17 on the season.
Plenty of Pop. Seattle won the Angels series on their old stand-by, pitching. In four games against the Angels, the Mariners put up fourteen runs. In three games against the Orioles, Seattle scored sixteen runs, including fourteen runs in the two wins Monday and Wednesday. Michael Saunders, back off the DL, started off Monday with a lead-off Home Run and went 1-for-4 with 2 RBI. Kyle Seager, whose hit streak was snapped Sunday, bounced back going 2-for-4 with a RBI triple and Jason Bay went 3-for-4 with a RBI. In the series finale on Wednesday, Aaron Harang got some much needed run support as he won his first game as a Mariner 8-3. Michael Morse hit his 9th home run, second against the Orioles and third in the last four games, and Kendrys Morales went 3-for-5 with a double and 3 RBI.
Slow Start on Tuesday. Coming off his best start of the season, Brandon Maurer couldn’t keep the momentum Tuesday against the Orioles. He gave up four runs in the 1st inning, putting Seattle in a hole they couldn’t come back from. The Orioles won on Tuesday 7-2. Maurer worked through four innings allowing six hits and four earned runs while striking out two. The rookie’s record fell to 2-4 on the season with an ERA of 6.07. Blake Beavan followed Maurer and gave up multiple runs in a long relief outing for the third straight time. The Mariners sent Beavan to Tacoma replacing him on the roster with Lucas Luetge. With Seattle actually getting some off days in the upcoming weeks, the team adjusted the bullpen not needing to carry two long relievers (Beavan and Noesi).
Back on the Road. The Mariners will have another short road trip, playing their next five games on the road. Seattle will travel to Toronto for three, and then to Pittsburgh for a two-game set with the Pirates. They will turn to the top of the rotation for their visit to Toronto with Hernandez going tonight followed by Iwakuma and Saunders. Toronto made an off-season splash with several roster boosting moves, but they have stumbled out of the gates at 10-19. They are at the end of a six-game home stand, having lost two of three out to Boston to open the home stand. Seattle is the first A.L. West opponent the Blue Jays have faced all season. Seattle took the season series from Toronto last season going 6-3.