Postgame notes, quotes, boxscore, highlights and video of Scott Servais following the Mariners’ 5-4 loss to the Phillies.
After struggling on Tuesday night in a non-save situation, Edwin Diaz struggled again in a save situation on Wednesday afternoon. Brought in to protect a 4-3 lead, he gave up a solo homer to Tommy Joseph on 3-2 fastball.
“I was trying to go down and away and missed the location completely,” Diaz said. “The ball ran to the bat down and in.”
Diaz then struck out the next two batters and got up 1-2 on Cameron Perkins, but then walked him. He then balked Perkins to second and gave up a single to Andrew Knapp on a gutted 98 mph fastball.
Manager Scott Servais wasn’t pleased with Diaz’s reliance on the fastball and reluctance to use the slider when he was a head in counts.
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“I thought he had opportunities to put some guys away with the slider,” Servais said. “He decided not to go with it and made some mistakes with the fastball. He was trying to up and you have to get it up. He left it in the middle of the plate to Joseph and Knapp. That’s the life of the closer. You can be on top of the world and when you don’t get it done, there is no worse feeling of letting your teammates down. It happens. We need to bounce back in a hurry.”
If there is a save situation on Friday night, will Servais go to Diaz?
“I would assume so, yes,” Servais said. “That’s how we are built. There are going to be times when he does give it up. That’s the rollercoaster that you get in when you sit in that seat. Eddy has great stuff. He’s got to execute better and get it tightened up and we’ll go from there.”
“I was ready today,” he said. “It was a couple of mistakes on pitches, but I was ready to pitch. If you miss, you will get hit.”
Diaz was asked if he expects to get the ball in the Mariners’ next save…