MIAMI — The Seattle Mariners’ misery on this road trip matriculated to Miami. Seattle got another second straight subpar start from a starting pitcher, found a way to fight back into the game and then watch it slip away in the end.
Giancarlo Stanton wasn’t satisfied with just driving in the game-winning run. He decided to drive in four to end the game.
Stanton blasted a grand slam off Yoervis Medina in the bottom of the ninth, breaking a 4-4 tie and sending the Mariners to a third straight loss with an 8-4 defeat.
The debate of whether Seattle would have actually pitched to Stanton could rage. A instant replay review of the new “transfer” rule, overturned an out call at third base, loading the bases for one of the most dangerous hitters in baseball.
After walking him intentionally twice on the night, the Mariners had no choice but to pitch to him and he made them pay.
Miami jumped on Seattle starter Chris Young immediately, scoring two runs in the first inning on RBI singles from Stanton and Casey McGehee.
The Mariners answered in an unusual way. Michael Saunders led off the top of the second with a single and Dustin Ackley followed with a single to right field. As Stanton charged to field the ground ball in mid-right field, it skipped over his glove and rolled all the way to the wall. Saunders and Ackley, “two of the Mariners faster base runners” circled the bases to each score and tie the score at 2-2.
But Young couldn’t keep the game there, giving up a run on a sacrifice fly to Marcell Ozuna in the bottom of the inning.
The lead was pushed to 4-2 when Jarrod Saltalamacchia blasted a majestic solo homer into the right field upper deck.
Young’s day was done after three innings. McClendon lifted him for pinch hitter Nick Franklin with the bases loaded in the top of the fourth inning. Franklin grounded out to end the inning, but it was logical that Young wouldn’t have gone much longer anyway. He struggled with his command all game. In three innings, he was saddled with four runs on seven hits with three walks and a wild pitch.
It was the second straight day a Mariners pitcher failed to go more than four innings.
An already taxed bullpen came in and kept the Marlins at four runs, allowing the Mariners to tie the score.
They cut it to 4-3 in the fifth inning when Abraham Almonte led off with a triple and scored on Brad Miller’s RBI ground out. In the seventh, Almonte doubled and later scored on Corey Hart’s hard single up the middle to make it 4-4.