Marco Gonzales had one of the worst outings of his career, as the Mariners fell behind 9-0 early on the way to a 12-3 loss in Boston.
When the Mariners began their Boston trip with an unexpected 10-1 demolition, there seemed to be genuine hope of winning the series. How this quickly disappeared.
In the second game of the series, Luis Castillo chose the worst time for his poorest outing in a Mariners uniform. He allowed a season-high seven runs, as Seattle went on to lose 9-4.
However, there still seemed a chance the Mariners could take the series in Wednesday’s rubber match. This chance all but evaporated before two innings were up.
A nightmare outing for Marco Gonzales
This was in large part because Marco Gonzales also chose the wrong time for his worst outing of the season. In fact, it one of the poorest of his entire Major League career.
While windy and cold conditions didn’t help, the fact is both teams had to contend with the bad weather. Ultimately, Gonzales just lay an egg.
The 31-year-old struggled pretty much from the word go. However, he looked set to escape the first inning only allowing one run, despite loading the bases.
Unfortunately for Seattle, a two-out double by Pablo Reyes scored a couple more runs and it was 3-0 Boston after one inning. The following inning turned out to be twice as bad – literally.
The Red Sox continued to pile it on, as Gonzales didn’t even make it out of the inning. By the end of the second, it was 9-0 to the hosts and it was game over.
The southpaw’s final stat line saw him pitch just 1.2 innings, allowing eight hits and eight earned runs. The eight earned runs were two shy of his career worst.
Gonzales also gave up a couple of walks and only struck out one batter. It took him 66 pitches to get through his shortest non-injury start in four seasons.
After the game, the 2013 first round draft pick accepted full blame for his performance. He said:
“I’m not going to make excuses for my performance. I feel like they had a good game plan against me. I didn’t execute the way I wanted to. The result is what it is. I’m not going to blame the weather. Everybody has to play in it.”
Gonzales expected a difficult time versus one of the top hitting teams in the Majors. He said:
“With how they came out yesterday against Luis, I thought that I was going to get a little bit more of that today. I wasn’t anticipating it to that level (though). They had a good game plan coming out. … They were hunting what they wanted to hunt. I felt like I just didn’t get a chance to settle in and execute.”
In fairness to Gonzales, five of his previous six outings had been strong, but he knows these things happen. He said:
“That’s baseball man. I’ve been doing this a long time and that happens. It’s probably going to happen again this year. There’s always one or two clunkers a year, where you just kind of scratch your head.”
Bullpen also struggles
With Gonzales coming out early, it was up to the relievers to limit the damage. However, no matter their reputation as one of the strongest bullpens in the Majors, having to get through 6.1 innings was always going to be a challenge.
Trevor Gott gave up the other run in the bottom of the second. However, it was Gabe Speier who suffered most after Gonzales’ departure.
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Speier came in for the bottom of the fifth and proceeded to allow a season-high three earned runs. After giving up just one in his first 18 appearances this year, he has now allowed five combined in his last three outings.
As for the Mariners offense, coming back from the early 9-0 deficit was always going to be a tall task. Regardless, they did little in manufacturing just five hits and three runs in what was ultimately a 12-3 loss.
A bad time overall in Boston
Mariners manager Scott Servais summed up what was a tough series for his team. He said:
“We knew coming into the series they had a really good offense and we needed to pitch well. We certainly did it the first night of the series, but the last couple of nights got away from us. We just didn’t execute pitches. Then you look up and they’ve got big numbers on the board. It’s tough to come back when you get that far down.”
As much as the pitching has been the backbone for Seattle the majority of this season, they are still mostly to blame for the two beat-downs in Boston. Servais said:
“The core of our team is our pitching. They’ve got to keep us in the game, keep it under control early, and we just didn’t do that (the) last two nights.”
For Gonzales, he knows he has to get over Wednesday night’s performance as soon as possible. He said:
“The good pitchers in this game can move on and produce a quality outing the next time, so that’s what I’m going to do.”
With the loss, the Mariners fell back below .500 at 21-22, three games out of a wild card spot in the AL. Thursday is a day off, with them beginning a three-game series in Atlanta on Friday.
Where are you at with the Mariners following their series in Boston? Do you still see this team challenging for the playoffs, or are you concerned around the .500 mark is where they will remain this season? Let us know in the comments section below.
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