The Mariners earned a 3-2 win against the New York Mets on Saturday afternoon, just one day after the M’s let a similarly close game slip away.
Nobody would argue Saturday’s game was pretty, least of all Mariners manager Scott Servais. But what it lacked in style and grace it accounted for with result: a 3-2 win against the Mets, just one day after the Mariners let a similarly close game slip away.
“A good win today,” Servais said. “It really was. A hard-fought, grind-it-out type. It wasn’t pretty, but we got it done.”
The Mariners got it done despite facing the Mets’ hard-throwing ace, Jacob deGrom; despite losing outfielder Mitch Haniger after he took one of deGrom’s fastballs to the face; despite having Kyle Seager get thrown out at second and, later, at home; and despite the bullpen wavering through the game’s final innings.
Sometimes you just have to win ugly.
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“That’s just baseball, period,” Mariners outfielder Jarrod Dyson said. “Every game is going to be a grind, I feel like. At least you’re thinking that going into the game. I don’t think it’s going to be a cakewalk for nobody. So we know what we’re up against, we know what we have to do, so just going out there and grinding it all together and trying to come out with a win.”
Dyson’s two-run single in the second inning gave the Mariners the lead, but it also came immediately after Haniger got hit in the face. Haniger will go on the disabled list, Servais said, but he suffered no broken bones or missing teeth.
The scene of Haniger on the ground sent an eerie silence through Safeco Field.
Dyson’s single gave the crowd something to cheer about and also gave Mariners starter Yovani Gallardo the lead.
In just his second start since rejoining the rotation, Gallardo had one of his most effective outings this season. One of the problems that led to Gallardo’s demotion to the bullpen was his inability to avoid the big inning; somewhere along the way — sometimes early, sometimes later — he’d find trouble that changed the whole outlook of his start.
Gallardo cruised through four innings, and then he started to stumble in the fifth inning. He allowed the first two hitters to reach. It had the feel of another inning about to go off track, but instead he retired three straight batters.
“I thought Yovani was awesome today,” Seager said. “He was the story for me….