Mariners Pitching Collapses as Mariners Lose to Angels

by Kevin Nesgoda

Mariners’ starting pitcher Justus Sheffield looked sharp and was en route for an great outing but in the third inning, things started to collapse. Sheffield walked lead-off man Tommy La Stella, the next pitch got past rookie catcher Joseph Odom. Sheffield gave up two more consecutive singles, a walk, an error, and a fielders choice ultimately gave the Halos a lead they would have the entire game.

Relievers Nestor Cortes and Zac Grotz came in relief. Cortes gave up two runs on three hits, walking one. Two of those three hits? Long balls (Pujols and Stassi). Zac Grotz has struggled in his few appearances this season. He gave up four runs on four hits while walking three. He also surrendered a home run to Angles newcomer Anthony Rendon.

The Mariners were 0-7 with runners in scoring position, one thing I have highlighted over the last few games.

There were some highlights to note. Evan White is a good first baseman. He robbed Mike Trout of a base at the same time turning an unassisted double play.

Tim Lopes, who surprised us back in 2019, is continuing his hot streak. He went opposite field for a long shot in the fourth inning.

Kyle Lewis is doing it all. Let’s talk about him for a minute. So far this season, he is 8-19 with two home runs, 4 RBIs, while batting .421. He also can play some defense.

Let’s hope for a bounce-back day and get on the winning side of things as the Mariners take on the Angels tonight. Rookie Justin Dunn will take the mound.

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