Even if they were able to stop Mike Trout from hitting another home run against them, the Mariners almost single-handedly allowed them to win the five-match series.
Even if they were actually able to generate more than a random hit with the runners to score at least four runs or more—their magic number for hoping to win—that wouldn’t mean it broke. The crime that occurred is settled by a duct-tape display.
Even if the Mariners were to somehow do those two things—which at times seemed impossible—and take the win on Sunday, this homestand would still have to come in the days to come. Should be considered a terrible failure with consequences.
Not that the Mariners were swept by the Angels in a split doubleheader at T-Mobile Park on Saturday, which was bad in many ways, including sinking them in seven games of the third wild card with a 29–38 record, which only got better. is compared to three teams in the American League.
This is how he lost those two games: barely showing a pulse on offense, giving Trout a chance to torment him again and playing nothing like he had less than 24 hours to win.
Manager Scott Servais said after Friday night’s win that he was looking forward to the doubleheader, which would mean three games in the span of 24 hours, believing it would be a good test for his team.
Result: Blutarsky level of failure.
“I don’t think we’ve passed the test,” he said with sad sarcasm. “I was looking forward today. It’s a lot of baseball. With split doubleheaders, you know they’re on schedule, the way it was laid out this year. It’s a player’s perspective to go in and get the ball rolling.” It’s time to have a nice day and it didn’t happen.
Instead, it was 19 disappointing innings highlighting the dilapidated roster and lack of production.
“There’s no way to sugarcoat it,” Servais said. “We haven’t had a good day today.”
Only a masochistic fan or a Mariners manager could attempt to analyze which Saturday’s defeat was actually worse.
Were it 4-2, an extra innings defeat in the afternoon when, after keeping Trout hitless with three strikes, he was able to get a pitch to handle in 10.th Innings with two outs and only one runner at third base? Of course, Trout crushed a two-run homer from Diego Castillo in dead center which proved to be the difference.
Or was it a 3–0 undefeated loss at the Nightcaps, where Trout’s single homer was hit in the third inning by minor-league call-up Jose Suarez, extra players added for a doubleheader, and enough runs from the latter two relievers. support would be received. Mariners scoreless?
Would you rather run out of gas or flat tires during rush hour on Interstate-5?
“Very, very disappointing, I guess if you want to keep that that way,” Servais said of his tone. “Upset, disappointed. We can put all kinds of adjectives on it, it won’t make things better.”
Other adjectives may not be suitable for print.
Trout’s performance that day, it should have been, and his dominance of the Mariners on the series and his illustrious career cannot be overlooked.
With his two homers on the day and four in the series, he has now hit 51 homers in 171 matches against the Mariners since debuting in 2011. Only Rafael Palmeiro, who has 52 homers against Seattle, has hit more. Two homers on Saturday Trout at T-Mobile Park give 32 homers—the most of any opposing player. He’s also passed several former Mariners on that list on homers, including Ken Griffey Jr. and Mike Cameron.
His game-winning homer will be the most talked about in the opener.
With a runner in third and two outs on top of 10th, Cerves selected Diego Castillo to pitch the Trout.
“It’s a difficult decision,” Servais said. “Diego has probably been our best relief pitcher here in the last 10 or 12 outings. I don’t think runs have been scored on him and he bowled a great ball. I went with Diego and it didn’t work.”
No, it didn’t happen.
For some reason, Castillo, whose best pitch is his slider, threw three sinkers to Trout. The third on the 1-1 count was just below the strike zone on the outer half of the plate. You can’t throw Trout down anything that he can hit because he won’t just hit it, he’ll crush it.
Trout couldn’t say “thank you” as he hit his 19th homer of the season, but he had to think.
“Again, I went with our hottest pitcher, our best pitcher, so to speak, and that’s Mike Trout,” Servais said. “They’ve definitely given us a bunch in the past. It’s a tough decision. Last year’s MVP is in the on-deck circle, so it also decides and you want to go there. From a numbers point of view, how much is it? Sounds strange, you prefer a right-handed batsman against trout versus a right-handed batsman against Ohtani.”
A look at the numbers shows that right-handed hitters had a .203/.262/.271 slash line, with five walks and 23 strikeouts in 65 plate appearances versus Castillo, while lefty hitters had .310/. 394/.345 was the slash. Line up with four walks and five strikes against Castillo in 33 plate appearances.
Meanwhile, Ohtani’s career is .272/.363/.536 slash line with 79 homers and 209 RBI in 1,276 plate appearances versus right-handed pitching. Of course, it might be possible to deliberately hit both with the left hand of Jared Walsh being an option.
“I was memorizing the pitches all day,” Trout said. “I finally got one to put the ball on the barrel.”
He was not sure whether he would be able to walk intentionally or not.
“Those are the decisions you have to make,” Servais said. “I get paid to make those decisions. I need to be right more than I’m wrong. Give him credit today. He hit the ball out of the ballpark. He just didn’t get a hit.”
Servais expected his team to return three hours before the next game. It didn’t.
Usually a key set-up man, reliever Penn Murphy started as an opener in the nightcap of a doubleheader alongside veteran lefty Tommy Milone, whose minor-league contract was picked up between games, followed by a bulk role. Was scheduled to pitch in.
Murphy did his job by playing two no-scoring innings. Milone, who was signed to a minor league deal late in spring training and in his second stint with the Mariners, was solid. He pitched four innings, allowing only one run on two hits with no runs and two strikeouts.
One run and both hits definitely came off Trout’s bat.
With a 2–2 count in the third inning of the 0–0 game, Milone threw a change about four inches from the outside corner of the plate, in the hope that Trout would chase it and hit a weak groundball or even a ball. That will swing and miss. , Instead, Trout stayed on the pitch as if he knew it was coming, spreading his arms and pitching the ball to the wall in center field for his second homer of the fourth day of the series.
Down 1-0, Servais turned to veteran reliever Sergio Romo for a seventh inning, with the Mariners still down 1-0. Romo hit a single to Luis Rengifo and then a two-run dinger to pinch-hitter Jared Walsh.
Three runs down, the Mariners were done. He was out for the ninth time this season. They score 3-28 when they score three or fewer runs.
“You come here with the expectation that if we must pitch well, we should have a shot at winning both games, which we did,” Servais said. We haven’t done anything objectionable yet.”