Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 9/16/13
Coming to a Close Don’t be fooled by the Seattle Mariners dropping two of three to the St. Louis Cardinals, they actually played pretty well for  team who was just swept by the Houston Astros. Making the trek across the nation, the Mariners could have easily tuned out for the rest of the season, slunk their heads and shoulders, and taken a beating from a team looking to win it’s division. That didn’t happen, and I am very happy that it did not. While things were still shaky in the final game of the series, Seattle played impressively against the Cardinals and showed that they still can give their fans a little bit of heart. Here’s what went down. September 13, 2013 – 1-2 Loss While yesterday’s blowout loss was humiliating, Friday’s loss was the game that hurt the most. Coming off their horrendous series against the Astros the Mariners needed a pick-me-up, and for awhile Friday’s game looked like it would be just that. Hisashi Iwakuma was back in top form, Mike Zunino launched a home run, and the Mariners held a 1-0 lead late in the ball game. Paxton pitched a heck of a game on Saturday. (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) But unfortunately, just as has been happening all too often as of recent, the club couldn’t seal the deal. Nick Franklin made a costly mistake that eventually allowed the first St. Louis run to cross the plate and then Oliver Perez wound up walking two in the tenth and throwing a passed ball, allowing the winning run to cross in the bottom of the 10th. Friday’s loss was yet another heartbreaking, extra innings loss for the Mariners and didn’t help get momentum back on track. September 14, 2013 – 4-1 Win Though game one didn’t exactly end up going in Seattle’s favor, James Paxton made sure the Mariners would walk away with a win on Saturday. Amidst all of the hullabaloo surrounding college football and especially Alabama vs. Texas A&M, Paxton quietly silenced the Cardinals’ bats while proving to fans he is ready to take hold of a position in the bigs. Not only did Paxton record the win, he tossed six innings of two-hit baseball while not allowing a run, improving his record to 2-0 on the year with a 0.75 ERA. Yeah, I’d say the kid can pitch. Offensively the Mariners recorded seven hits, one of which included Kendrys Morales‘ 22nd home run of the year. This was a much-needed game for a Seattle squad winding down the season and was quite the treat amidst all of college football’s frivolity. September 15, 2013 – 2-12 Loss You have games like Saturday and then you have games like Sunday. While everybody was abuzz and buzzed in Seattle about the Seahawks game, the Mariners were apparently as well, as they did not show up and ended up being blown out by the Cardinals. Erasmo Ramirez just didn’t have the right stuff, Carter Capps looked like a frustrated pitcher, and Chance Ruffin still needs some time to get to the big league level. The game was frustrating on just about every level, and thank the sports gods that the Seahawks washed this game from our mouths with perhaps a team-defining win on Sunday Night Football. CLICK HERE TO CHECK OUT THE MARINERS BLOG IN OUR CLUBHOUSE TODAY AT NWSB!
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