Fourth inning hiccup the problem in loss to Toronto

By Mariners365
Sep. 24, 2016

9/20 vs TOR by TOM HAYDEN

79-72, 9.5 GB in AL WEST, 3.0 GB in AL WILD CARD ----

The Mariners were defeated by the Toronto Blue Jays of the American League Eastern Division on Tuesday night in Seattle by a final score of 10-2. The Mariners got the scoring started in this one, however, as it looked like it was going to be our night straight from the get go. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma made the start for the M's in this one, and looked like he was going to have another one of his nights of dominance. Unfortunately, Toronto offense took control in the fourth inning, putting up 8 runs on Kuma and the Mariners. With the loss, Seattle is now at a W-L record of 79-72 on the season, 9.5 GB in the American league Western Division. For an American League Wild Card spot, the M's trail these Blue Jays by 3.0 games now with just over 10 games to go in the rest of the season. 

On the mound on Tuesday night in Seattle, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma took the ball for what was his 30th start even of the 2016 season. Hisashi went just 3.1 innings giving up 6 runs on 8 hits (5 runs earned) while walking 1 and striking out 5 Jays on the night. Iwakuma struggled to keep the ball in the field also, as he gave up a pair of homers in the outing. Unfortunately, Kuma suffered his 12th loss of the season, but still has a solid individual W-L record of 16-12 on the season with an ERA of 4.04 in just under 200.0 innings tossed to date. RHP Nick Vincent (3.86 ERA) immediately came in for relief giving up 2 runs on 2 hits (both runs earned) while walking 1 in his outing. Vincent only faced 3 batters in the inning, having 0.0 innings on his line. RHP Cody Martin (4.18 ERA) then came into pitch for his first appearance since August the 22nd vs the New York Yankees. Martin looked pretty good, going 3.2 innings of the ball game giving up just 1 run on 3 hits (earned) while walking 3 and striking out 2 Jays on the night. Martin gave up a home run as well. LHP David Rollins (7.71 ERA) made his first appearance since September the 6th vs the Texas Rangers on Tuesday night. Rollins went 1.0 inning giving up 1 run on 1 hit (earned). Rollins gave up a homer. SHP Pat Venditte (6.30 ERA) then came into pitch the ninth, tossing a blank frame in the inning with 2 strikeouts! 

Offensively on Tuesday night at the Safe, the M's combined to put up 2 runs on 7 hits off of former Mariner LHP J.A. Happ, who earned himself his 20th individual win in this one, as well as LHP Aaron Loup. 2B Robinson Canó (.294 AVG) had himself a night going 2-for-4 at the dish with a pair of RBI for Seattle in this one. Canó opened up the scoring with his 2nd triple of the season in the bottom of the third inning, giving the M's a 2-0 lead early. The 2-RBI night now gives Robbie 89 on the season! That is all the Mariners would put up for runs however as they went 1-for-9 with runners in scoring position, leaving 8 on base throughout the night. LF Guillermo Heredia (.237 AVG) went 2-for-4 at the plate with a pair of singles for a run scored in that lead-off spot. RF Franklin Gutierrez (.254 AVG) batted second in the lines in this one going 1-for-3 at the dish with a single. 1B Dae-Ho Lee (.259 AVG) went 1-for-4 at the plate with his 9th double of the season! SS Shawn O'Malley (.231 AVG) went 1-for-4 at the plate with a single for a run scored for Seattle. 

WHAT'S NEXT? : 

The Mariners will now look to avoid being swept on Wednesday afternoon in Seattle for what will be series finale baseball between us and Toronto. HAPPY FELIX DAY as The KING will be making his 23rd start of the season in this one, looking to help the M's get a win they most definitely need. Hernandez (11-6, 3.51 ERA) and the M's are set and ready to take on TOR RHP Aaron Sanchez (13-2, 3.12 ERA)! Be sure to catch all of the series finale action on Wednesday afternoon on MLB Network or ROOT Sports NW for watching or you can also listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio! First pitch start time is scheduled for 12:40 PM PAC, 3:40 PM ET! 

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue as our M's #KeepFighting for the PostSEAson!