The Seattle Mariners failed to clinch a win against the Chicago Cubs, losing the game 3-2 in extras. Despite battling against the BABIP gods and recording an xBA of .500 or more with five hits, the Mariners only managed to score two runs against Drew Smyly and the Cubs bullpen. Moreover, their offensive struggles were exacerbated by striking out multiple times and making weak contact frequently. While holding the Cubs off the board beyond the fourth inning, Luis Castillo was unable to sustain a lead throughout, eventually giving up the winning run in extra innings. Despite the devastating loss, the Mariners have room for improvement and rectification in upcoming games.
One of the highlights of the game was Jarred Kelenic’s home run, the hardest-hit ball of the day at 111.1 mph exis velo. While this should have been a difference-maker and a game-winner, the Mariners offense sputtered in the last few innings and failed to execute a decisive run. While Matt Brash came on to try to work the tenth, Nick Madrigal stole third, and Nico Hoerner’s bloop single gave the Cubs the win.
The Seattle Mariners have been struggling to string together multiple runs and capitalize on scoring opportunities. While the bottom of the lineup has to start coming through, the top four hitters also need to step up their game. For the Mariners, consistency is the key, and winning these winnable games is crucial for their playoff qualification prospects.
The match did witness some notable performances, including Gabe Speier and Justin Topa’s impressive display in the bullpen. Speier was especially sharp, not allowing a hit and striking out a batter. Furthermore, Jarred Kelenic’s happiness on the field contributed to heartwarming moments, with his teammates rallying behind him. Moreover, Jarred himself was expressive on the field, grinning in a marked contrast to his usual serious demeanor.
In conclusion, the match proved to be quite disappointing for the Mariners, who need to strategize and improve their execution in upcoming games. While individual performances were touching, the team’s cohesion and consistency remain critical aspects that require attention.