Two contenders heading in opposite directions heading into the All-Star break face off again on Tuesday afternoon when the Seattle Mariners shoot for a second consecutive victory over the host San Francisco Giants
In a game where seven of 11 runs came in the ninth inning, the sailors was right to giants 4-3 in the deciding frame to break a tie and emerge with a 6-5 win. Seattle recorded a third straight win for the first time in more than a month
A playoff team last season, the sailors appear to be hitting their best form of the year just as management sent a little message by sending right-hander Chris Flexen to the New York Mets on Monday in a three-man trade
Seattle also offloaded veteran reliever Trevor Gott, getting Mets left-hander Zach Muckenhirn in return.
“It gives Chris Flexen the opportunity to get a restart,” sailors manager Scott Servais said before New York nominated Flexen for assignment. “In the meantime, we’re picking up a player and we’ll be using a few different players to fill that extra spot in the bullpen as we move forward.
One of two young pitchers promoted this season to help spark a struggling starting staff, Bryan Woo, held the giants to two runs and three hits in six innings Monday. Ty Adcock and Andres Munoz each added a shutout inning before Paul Sewald survived a three-run ninth while protecting a four-run lead.
Victory lifted the sailors in a .500 game at 41-42. They haven’t topped .500 since June 2
In Tuesday’s rematch, Seattle will hand the ball to Logan Gilbert (5-5, 4.19 ERA) with an eye on breaking even. The 26-year-old right-hander is coming off a 4-1 home loss to the Washington Nationals on Wednesday, charged with all four runs in six innings.
He never faced the giants in his three-year career
San Francisco is planning a bullpen holiday parade on bullpen day. Keaton Winn (0-1, 3.50 ERA) will likely serve as the opener.
It turned out to be one too many in a game that San Francisco manager Gabe Kapler had indicated ahead of time could be a message sender for his weary squad.
THE giants were coming off an 8-4 road loss to the New York Mets on Sunday night in a game that was postponed for national television purposes. This resulted in the giants take a late night return flight at the end of a trip without a day off after an early morning arrival in San Francisco
“It’s a good opportunity for us to show some toughness here,” Kapler said of the disadvantageous schedule. “This next leg of the journey is going to be just as difficult. You want to turn the page very quickly. … The next challenge is right in front of us and we have to be ready for it.”
THE giants have lost three consecutive games for the first time since May 30 to June 2