Blame Canada for trading Eric Thames to the Mariners and only getting Steve Delabar in return. In his first appearance with Toronto, Delabar gave up one hit and struck out one former teammate. In his first appearance for Seattle, Thames crushed a pitch to dead center field for a game-tying, 2-RBI home run.
Blame Canada for looking unbeatable through the first four frames. Carlos Villanueva retired nine batters before Dustin Ackley’s single poked a hole through the infield. Colby Rasmus and Kelly Johnson took liberties with Beavan’s 91 MPH fastball, launching it to center field for an early lead.
Blame Canada for making Blake Beavan look bad (just kidding, we know he’s bad already) and then forgetting how to hit baseballs in the last four innings. Tom Wilhelmsen notched his 15th save of the season, while Lucas Luetge set down the only batter he faced with a called strikeout.
Blame Canada for choking during this series and handing the Mariners their second series sweep and seventh consecutive win in a ten game homestand.
And, when you’re done blaming Canada, don’t forget to thank the Mariners for all they’ve done to make this homestand possible. Let’s go for win #8 in New York!
Next game: vs. Yankees | August 3 | 4:05pm