Before we dive in, let us address a few things.
First off, there is still a lot of baseball left to play. Three games in August isn’t going to end your season. It will set you back. Tony Larussa will write a book about it. It won’t, however, be the finishing blow that sends you spiraling into the long, cold offseason. No, that blow doesn’t happen until Game 161 against the Oakland Athletics IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING A VERY DRAMATIC NELSON CRUZ HOME RUN.
Secondly, oh my goodness the ceremony for Edgar Martinez was wonderful. What a human being. What a career. What a legend. What a ceremony.
Thirdly, this team is so very hurt and so very tired and the fact that they’ve even made it this far is a pretty incredible thing when you think about it. The rotation is full of sticks, stones, and broken bones and yet this weird group of weirdos managed to win half of their games thus far. Maybe, just maybe, they can find a way to fight back against the forces of nature and theories of common sense and win 25-ish more games this season. I will be rooting for them.
Okay, cool. All of that is now out of the way. I suppose it’s time to GET ANGRY AND SMASH EVERYTHING BECAUSE THE MARINERS JUST LOST THREE IN A ROW TO THE LOS ANGELES FREAKING ANGELS, WHO ARE NOW THE SOLE POSSESSORS OF THE SECOND WILD CARD SPOT.
The Mariners took a 3-1 lead into the seventh inning thanks to six strong innings from Erasmo Ramirez. The little engine that could surrendered just three hits and an unearned run. Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager delivered RBI singles. Seager added one more with a solo blast in the fifth. The first two-thirds of the game was actually pretty fun!
THEN EVERYTHING BAD HAPPENED
Luis Valbuena hit a two-run dinger in the seventh to tie it because of course Luis Valbuena hit a two-run dinger in the seventh to tie it.