HANIGER LEAVES GAME IN THIRD AFTER HIT BY PITCH IN FACE
What happened: Jarrod Dyson hit a two-run single, Yovani Gallardo was solid through 5 2/3 innings and the Seattle Mariners took the second of a three-game set against the New York Mets 3-2 on Saturday at Safeco.
Gallardo (5-7) allowed one run on five hits and two walks with two strikeouts and induced two double plays.
Dyson’s big hit came in the third, in the at-bat following a scary moment, as Mitch Haniger took a 95 mph from Jacob deGrom off his face. Haniger was down for several moments but got up and left with trainers with a towel covering his mouth. After the game, it was announced Haniger had a “server laceration” on his upper lip and would be placed on the disabled list.
Dyson finished 2 for 3 with two RBIs and a stolen base, his team-leading 23rd. Kyle Seager went 2 for 3 with a run. Ben Gamel matched a career high when he extended his hitting streak to 15 games with a leadoff single up the middle in the third inning.
- M’s got their runs in early against Jacob deGrom. In the second inning, Nelson Cruz led off with a single off deGrom’s leg, then went to third on Kyle Seager’s double. Danny Valencia struck out, then Mitch Haniger took a fastball off his face and left the game with the bases loaded.
- Haniger was rushed off the field with a towel to his face and will be evaluated further. Replays showed it was more of a glancing blow than direct hit, but still scary.
- Pinch-runner Guillermo Heredia replaced Haniger at first and Jarrod Dyson lined a single to center to plate both Cruz and Seager. Dyson stole second, but Mike Zunino and Jean Segura struck out to end the rally.
- The M’s picked up another run in the third. Ben Gamel led off with a single and went to third when Robinson Cano reached and went to second on an error by second baseman Neil Walker. Cruz’ sacrifice fly plated Gamel to make it 3-0. Seager lined out and Valencia was caught looking to end the inning.
- The Mets got one in the sixth. With two down, Yoenis Cespedes lined a single to left and went to second on a single by Walker. Manager Scott Servais called on Tony Zych to replace Gallardo, but Zych walked Curtis Granderson to load the bases, then walked Wilmer Flores to force in a run before coaxing a lazy fly ball from Jose Reyes to end the threat.
- Things got interesting for Edwin Diaz in the ninth. Flores led off with a double and went to third on a groundout. With two down, Michael Conforto singled under a weak backhand stab by Cano to score Flores and cut the deficit to one. Diaz came back to strike out Asdrubal Cabrera to nail down the win.
Nice bounce-back win despite the ninth-inning palpitations. Gallardo kept things simple, limited baserunners and mitigated damage before it arose. Two double plays didn’t hurt in that regard. The M’s have a lot of work to do to sneak into the wildcard spot but as long as they stay at or near .500 they are in the discussion.
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Players of the Game
Hero: Jarrod Dyson. 2 for 3, two RBIs. He had the big hit. Stole a base too, his team-leading 23rd.
Goat: Robinson Cano. 0 for 4, 3 for his last 22 over five-game stretch.
New York Mets (48-54) at Seattle Mariners (52-53) on Sunday at 1:10 p.m. in the finale of a three-game series. LHP James Paxton (10-3, 2.84) faces RHP Seth Lugo (5-2, 4.10).
What others are saying (and writing)
Are the Mariners getting old? Jerry Dipoto doesn't think so, and he throws out a whole bunch of numbers to prove his point. But the stars are, so that is going to color anyone's perceptions. … The M's needed to win yesterday. And they did, despite the blow to Haniger and the offense. … Gallardo got the job done. … There are a lot of Washington-born and bred guys playing well this season.
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