June 22, 2018

Mariners hopeful C Mike Zunino not sidelined for long

03 April 2018, 03:48 | Simon Arnold

Mariners call up UH alum Freitas

Mariners catcher Mike Marjama is helped up off the turf by teammate Kyle Seager after falling backwards retiring the pop foul off Cleveland’s Yan Gomes in the 5th

Former University of Hawaii catcher David Freitas is headed back to "The Bigs". Trevor Bauer wasn't sharp, their relievers kept giving up home runs and they couldn't get Edwin Encarnacion to the plate enough. In the third, he pitched his way out of a bases-loaded jam by striking out Kyle Seager on a curve.

As if Seattle needed more injury issues, Cruz left the game with a twisted right ankle after slipping on the dugout steps following his home run in the sixth inning. Veteran right hander Mike Leake begins his first full season with Seattle after being traded n 2017. The Braves signed him to a one-year, $1.1 million deal to return for a second season with the franchise.

Alonso hit his third career grand slam in the first inning, Yan Gomes added a two-run shot and the Cleveland Indians held on for a 6-5 win over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday. Bettors can also wager on the game's runline with the current odds coming in at Indians -1.5 runs (-120) and Mariners +1.5 runs (+110). He's 2-2 with a 3.92 ERA in seven career starts against Cleveland. And Cruz at 37 already has two homers, the second of which he clobbered on a pitch below his knees. A few hours before the Thursday night opener, they learned catcher Mike Zunino would sit out with a slight oblique strain. On Thursday, his first-inning, two-run shot off Cleveland's Corey Kluber, the reigning American League Cy Young Award victor, provided the difference in a 2-1 victory.

He also had a sacrifice bunt to move Freitas over before Segura scored him and then the home run - despite having just two home runs last season with the Marlins.

Zunino's wasn't even the most odd of Mariners injuries in the past week.

The bullpen was solid in the two victories and even better in the 6-5 defeat on Saturday, when it gave the team a chance to win by holding Cleveland scoreless over the final five innings. "But I'm trying to get healthy as soon as I can so I can help this team as long as I can". He struck out the side for the second time in as many appearances. And he had two other catches running back to the wall, as well.

Leake was 3-1 with a 2.53 ERA in five starts after being acquired by Seattle late last season. Haniger went 5-for-8 and 3-for-3 against 2017 Cy Young Award victor Corey Kluber.

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