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"It's bad baseball."

In dropping three of four to the Angels this weekend, the Mariners continued to look more like the Bad News Bears than a Major League baseball team.

Of particular concern was the performance from the starting pitchers, Yusei Kikuchi and Marco Gonzales in particular. Kikuchi and Gonzales are the 1-2 punch in the Seattle rotation, ostensibly among the better pitchers in the big leagues, but both were rocked in this series for a combined 16 earned runs in just eight innings. Mike Leake was the only starter to pitch well in the series, winning the decision on Friday night with a strong outing of seven innings (two runs allowed). Fill-in starter Tommy Milone was the other hurler to start for the M's, and while he wasn't terrible he did get bounced after just four and a third innings in the eventual 6-3 Angels win on Saturday.

Gonzales was particularly upset at his own start, his worst of the season—which supplants his last start, which had been his worst of the season. "I need to be a guy that’s dependable and reliable and that hasn’t been the case," Gonzales told the media after Sunday's game. "I’ll be the first one to say that’s on me."

Mariner bats were largely MIA in this series as well, with the club batting just .172 over the four games. Tom Murphy (who carried the only win in the series on Friday), Edwin Encarnación, and Kyle Seager were exceptions to the rule, batting .323 between them.

Were there bright spots in the series? Well, Leake's performance was a standout, helped by Murphy's game-calling and batsmanship. Jay Bruce hit his 300th career homer before being traded to Philadelphia mid-series. Anthony Bass recorded the club's first save in two weeks. Otherwise . . . well, Mitch Haniger only struck out twice in four games, that's progress of a sort.

“We’ve played this game a few times this year,” said manager Scott Servais of Sunday's 13-3 loss. “I’ve about had enough of it, quite frankly. . . . It's bad baseball."

Things don't get any easier tomorrow, as the first-place Houston Astros are in town for a three-game set. Brace yourselves.

 

Mariners vs. Angels, by the numbers

  • Total runs scored: 44 (SEA 13, LAA 31)
  • Home runs hit: 15 (SEA 6, LAA 9)
  • Bases stolen/attempts: 4/7 (SEA 2 - Smith, Murphy; LAA 2)
  • Errors committed: 7 (SEA 6 - Beckham, Murphy, Moore, Seager 2, Long; LAA 1)
  • Quality starts: 2 (SEA 1 - Leake, LAA 1 - Heaney)
  • Pitching changes: 25 (SEA 16, LAA 9)
  • Starters ERA: 6.92 (SEA 8.84, LAA 4.58)
  • Bullpen ERA: 2.81 (SEA 3.31, LAA 1.76)
  • Runners left on base: 49 (SEA 17, LAA 32)
  • Position players pitching: 1 (SEA - Murphy; 1 IP, 0 R)

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