SEGURA’S INFIELD SINGLE PUSHES M’S PAST SOX IN 13
What happened: Jean Segura’s infield single in the bottom of the 13th inning plated Guillermo Heredia, capping a two-run rally, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Boston Red Sox 6-5 in the second of a three-game series at Safeco Field on Tuesday.
It was Segura’s first career walk-off hit, according to @MarinersPR.
Aftre the Red Sox scored in the top of the inning, Mitch Haniger drew a one-out walk off Doug Fister, in his third inning of work, to start the rally. Ben Gamel bounced to short but the Sox could only get the lead runner. Heredia singled Gamel to third, who then scored on a wild pitch, which moved Heredia to third. Mike Zunino walked on four pitches, which brought up Segura to play hero for the day.
Segura’s soft grounder bounced past Fister right up the middle. Shortstop Xander Bogaerts finally got to it, but his off-balance throw was nowhere near in time as Segura was safe and Heredia carried the winning run home.
Heredia was the offensive star, going 3 for 6 with a three-run homer early in the game.
Felix Hernandez was solid for five innings, allowing one hit – Hanley Ramirez’ solo homer – but fell apart in the sixth, giving up a three-spot, including issuing two walks after getting ahead 0-2.
- The M’s struck first with a three-run rally in the second. With one down, Kyle Seager reached on an infield single. After Mitch Haniger lined out, Ben Gamel drew a walk, then both scored on Guillermo Heredia’s sixth home run of the season.
- Boston got one back in the fourth. The Sox’ second hit of the game off Hernandez was a two-out solo home run by Hanley Ramirez, a no-doubt shot to left off a hanging slider.
- Gamel extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a leadoff single in the fourth off Dustin Pedroia’s glove. Gamel moved up to second on a ball in the dirt to Heredia, and took third on Heredia’s flyout to deep center. The threat ended on strikeouts by Mike Zunino and Danny Valencia.
- Hernandez finally ran into trouble in the sixth. Rafael Devers, in his MLB debut, drew a walk and after Mookie Betts struck out on a wicked curve, Andrew Benintendi also found a free pass after falling behind 0-2. A ball in the dirt to Pedroia allowed both runners to move up, then Pedroia laced a hanging curve into the left-field corner for a double to plate both and tie the game.
- Ramirez grounded to third for the second out. but Jackie Bradley Jr smacked a changeup into center to score Pedroia and ended Hernandez’ night.
- In the seventh, Zunino tied it up with a 415-foot blast to center, even though he was ahead of the pitch and hit it off his front foot. Jean Segura followed with a walk, his second of the game, on a full count. Since his exile from the minors in late may, Zunino is hitting .252/.310/.566.
- In the top of the ninth. Edwin Diaz put two on with two down, but got Mookie Betts to flyout to preserve the tie. The M’s went quietly in the bottom half.
- The M’s threatened in the 10th. Valencia reached with a single to right to lead off Craig Kimbrel (and his 101 mph heater) and was pinch-ran for by newly signed Danny Espinosa. After several throws over to first, Espinosa stole second. Robinson Cano and Nelson Cruz (0 for 6, 5 K’s) both struck out before Seager drew a walk. But Haniger K’d to end the inning.
- Boston took the lead in the 13th. Ramirez singled to lead off, and Tony Zych – the eighth Mariners pitcher of the night – struck out Bradley and Xander Bogaerts. But Zych uncorked a wild pitch to allow Ramirez to move up, then he walked Deven Marrero. Sandy Leon pushed a ground ball through the hole on the left side, and Gamel’s throw home was late, and Zunino didn’t handle it anyway.
- In the bottom, Haniger drew a one-out walk off Doug Fister, in his third inning of work. Gamel bounced to short but the Sox could only get the lead runner. Heredia singled Gamel to third, then he scored on a wild pitch, which moved Heredia to third. Zunino walked on four pitches.
If the M’s improbably work their way into a wildcard spot, they’ll likely remember this one.
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Players of the Game
Hero: Jean Segura. Had one hit. It was the right one. Honorable mention to Guillermo Heredia’s big day.
Goat: Nelson Cruz. 0 for 6. Five strikeouts. Even in an extra inning game, that’s hard to do.
Double-A Arkansas was the only affiliate to win on Tuesday, a 5-0 victory over NW Arkansas. The Mariners minor league affiliate report for July 25 can be found here.
Seattle Mariners (51-51) host Boston Red Sox (55-47) in the finale of a three-game series on Wednesday at 12:40 p.m. at Safeco Field. Andrew Moore (1-2, 5.70) faces Chris Sale (12-4, 2.48).
What others are saying (and writing)
The way the Mariners defeated the Red Sox on Tuesday night may be as important as the fact they did win. They led early, fell behind, tied it, fell behind again in the top of the 13th and pulled out an improbable victory with great at-bats, excellent base running and Segura's single. … Mike Zunino is learning how to keep his offensive struggles separate from his defensive work. … James Paxton has a rooting section that is poised to be the next King's Court. … The Red Sox made a trade yesterday to bolster their lineup.
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