Mariners sweep while Blue Jays sleep, win series 4-0, game 6-5

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Mariners sweep while Blue Jays sleep, win series 4-0, game 6-5

A little further down the queue of my unreleased designs for Lookout Landing is a list that is all but ready to be released. 10 Ways to Cope with Being a Mariners Fan is a click-baity title with some pretty decent strategies for getting through what the Mariners put us through year after year (I’ve gotta use what I’m learning in therapy somewhere use it sensibly, right?). The only problem is that “10 Ways…” was supposed to go out while the A’s were playing at home and the three straight losses to the Red Sox, Twins and Angels followed. I expected from our trajectory that the Mariners would lose at least one of those three games and throw Ms fandom into complete chaosball.

But that loss never came.

Since the Angels series ended on June 19, the Mariners are 16-3 and have won their last 6 series, including a sweep that ended in a 6-5 win this afternoon.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Seattle Mariners

07/10/2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners midfielder Julio Rodriguez, 44, lifts first baseman Carlos Santana, 41, to celebrate a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at T-Mobile Park
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In the previous three days of this Blue Jays series, The North™ team failed to score in the first inning. Today wasn’t one of those days, and George Springer was damn sure of it.

Before I even had a chance to turn on my TV, my phone pinged with a notification from my MLB app telling me that George Springer had landed at the top of 1st place. There was no mention of him hitting a homer off the first pitch of the game.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JULY 10: George Springer #4 of the Toronto Blue Jays gestures after hitting a solo home run in the first inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on July 10, 2022 in Seattle, Washington.
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Back then it felt this could have been the decisive run in the game. Wouldn’t it just be a #JustMarinersThings-esque situation where they lost 1-0 in first place in a crucial game?

Luckily that wasn’t the headline for today’s recap. Instead I have to use a play on words that I have been sit on since the day LL hired me.

Half of the Mariners’ first innings didn’t exactly smell of optimism, and in fact it kind of just smelled. Julio, Ty and JP did this fun thing where they all found their own unique way of getting out (flyout, pop out, groundout), sat down 1-2-3.

The Blue Jays’ lead, like hairspray that keeps my frizz in check in the summer, wouldn’t last long.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JULY 10: Carlos Santana #41 of the Seattle Mariners gestures after hitting a solo home run in the second inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at T-Mobile Park on July 10, 2022 in Seattle, Washington.
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The last time Carlos Santana came up to bat, he laced up a go-ahead homer to give the Mariners a definitive lead in Saturday’s 2-1 win. Turns out he wasn’t quite done sending some baseballs to outfield summer camp (and he sent them in a hurry, apparently Dad needed some “me” time).

Carlos, Carlos, Carlos. Damn what an addition you’ve been.

But because all nice things come to an end, the Blue Jays would fly back to take the lead in the 4th inning after former Colorado Rockie (Rockies?) Raimel Tapia caught a Logan Gilbert fastball in the opposite direction and over the left Feldmauer had sent .

Side note: If you think about it, all home runs are opposite field home runs because they are sent to the opposite part of the field from where the pitcher sent the ball.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JULY 10: Toronto Blue Jays’ Raimel Tapia #15 and third baseman Luis Rivera #20 shake hands after Tapia’s solo home run during the fourth inning against the Seattle Mariners at T-Mobile Park on July 10 2022 Seattle, Washington.
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Tapia’s scoring prowess was emulated in the next inning when Bo Bichette did what Bo Bichette does and he hit the ball. Without getting off. And score two runs. Annoying, but I understand.

Jump into the bottom half of the 5th inning and the Mariners decided to join the scoring fun with an RBI-by-scoring machine, Sam Haggerty, and that one guy, Julio Rodríguez. The two runs cut the lead to one, with the Mariners narrowly looking from the outside in.

Toronto Blue Jays vs. Seattle Mariners

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON – JULY 10: Seattle Mariners’ Julio Rodriguez #44 celebrates after hitting a one-run single and backs up a runner during the fifth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays at T-Mobile Park July 10 2022 in Seattle, Washington.
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Now for the interesting part of the game. The part of the game that didn’t happen anywhere close to the game.

I’m talking about the announcement of the MLB All-Star pitchers and reserves.

After Ty France came This on the verge of being voted into first base for the American League after Logan Gilbert had a first-half monster and was named Pitcher of the Month in April and Julio was Julio, it almost seemed a foregone conclusion that this trio would be the roster make.

nope

Great well.

Here are Angie Mentink’s thoughts on the situation (worth reading the whole thread):

And here’s my much more eloquent way of saying the same thing:

No, France. No Logan Gilbert.

With all the uproar over Ty France’s snub and Logan Gilbert’s omission, I almost forgot Julio pulled it off. Still made it as a ROOKIE.

Mentioned Julio alongside The Kid and ARod? Not bad.

Did Julio just make the AL All-Star? Yes. Would he still have made it if the league didn’t have to have a representative for every team? Probably yes. Did the Mariners have a game left to win at this point? Yuuuuup.

Enter: 6th inning Big Dumper (Cal Raleigh, I hear he’s being called).

On a day when BD did the unthinkable (met a single), he also did the conceivable (ran a sacrificial fly into a run). RBI closed the game and brought the Mariners one step closer to that sweet, sweet sweep.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Seattle Mariners

07/10/2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Bo Bichette (11) hits a two-run single against the Seattle Mariners during the fifth inning at T-Mobile Park. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson
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Ah, f—. Bo Bichette again.

This time, Lil’ Bo Deep followed (as a trademark) his two-run single early in the game with a solo home run that shot left to center. Jays up one.

At this point, the chance of the Mariners getting a sweep diminishes again. After Bichette’s home run, the chance of winning Seattle dropped from 54% to 32%. whoops

But fear not, Carlos Slamtana is here.

This time, Santana hit baseball en route to a 2-run home run, giving the M’s a 6-5 lead at the end of the 8th.

When we’re not doing walkoffs, the lead changes in the 8th inning are pretty nice too.

Luckily for us, not only did we have Paul Sewald on the mound for the top of the 9th inning, we had:

Paul Sweepwald.

Game over. series over. Annual Canadian invasion over.

MLB: Toronto Blue Jays at Seattle Mariners

07/10/2022; Seattle, Washington, USA; Seattle Mariners designated hitter Ty France (23, left) douses center fielder Julio Rodriguez (44) during a postgame interview following a 6-5 win over the Toronto Blue Jays at T-Mobile Park
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Who knows if I’ll ever post this 10 Ways to Cope With Being a Mariners Fan list. As it turns out, there’s a pretty effective way to deal with being a Mariners fan.

Watch them win.

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