Rangers vs Mariners summary online, scores, stats and highlights
Rangers 0-8 Mariners
Rangers unable to produce as Mariners take game two
In game one, the Texas Rangers were in control. From the beginning of the game until two outs in the ninth, when the Mariners pulled off a stunning comeback.
In game two, the Rangers were never in control. Often, they were barely in the game.
That is not to say that the early innings weren't contested. Far from it. Nathan Eovaldi was on fire for three innings, until he gave up two dingers in one inning. And even then, Texas still had their chances. All in all, the Rangers left 12 runners stranded on base. But with only three base hits by Texas, nothing ever had a chance to spark. The most prolific offense in the American League looked like they were sleepwalking.
Defensively, there was one clanger when Taveras got turned around on a Suárez hit, but overall, the Mariners were able to score on walks and Texas mistakes, putting up eight runs on only six hits. That is a disgrace at any level, to surrender more runs than hits, and is an example of a team who is simply not in the game.
The complicated news for Texas is that the Astros and Mariners both have gained ground on them. If they don't get a win against the Mariners, the Rangers could let the division slip from their fingers.
The good news for them, however, is that the Rangers are still in control of their own destiny. If they can put this behind them and get a win, then they can rest easy. Bruce Bochy confirmed that tomorrow, Andrew Heaney will start for Texas in game three.
For Seattle, the news is all good. They have taken the bull by the horns, making their own case and keeping their Wild Card hopes alive. They could use an Astros loss or two to help them along, but they have no control over that. What they can control is Texas, and so far, they are doing the business.
If they can stay on the front foot, then the AL West could get very wild indeed.
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The Wild West
This complicates things further in the AL West. The Rangers are still in first place, but with an Astros win today in Arizona, they are only one game back. Seattle are just two games back. It is conceivable that Houston wins the division. It is also possible for the Mariners to squeak into the Wild Card slot.
If both of those come to pass, then Texas, as inconceivable as it sounds, would be out of the playoffs entirely.
The AL West is wild.
Mitch Garver goes after the first pitch and flies out to center fielder Sam Haggerty to end the game.
Sweet relief for the Rangers and they will need to find out what went wrong today as tomorrow becomes a must-win game for them.
Josh H Smith jumps on the first pitch and flies one out to left field. Dominic Canzone gets under it and puts it away for the second out.
Ezequiel Duran gets his first at bat of the day and works a full count. The payoff pitch misses low and that is the second walk of the inning.
Evan Carter comes to the plate and bounces the first pitch over to second. Rojas goes to first for the 4-3 out as Grossman advances to second. One away
Grossman draws the leadoff walk.
The Rangers are down to their last three outs and Robbie Grossman will lead things off.
Dominic Leone will replace Eduard Bazardo on the mound.
Luis Torrens will remain in the game as the designated hitter as Sam Haggerty moves from left to center and Dominic Canzone replaces Julio Rodriguez and will man left field.
Ty France comes up and flies one to left. Same spot, same result. Grossman hauls it in to end the inning.
Luis Torrens will pinch hit for the DH Mike Ford with one on and one out. He flies one to left field where Grossman gets under it for the second out.
Sam Haggerty will see his first at bat of the game and works the count full before holding off on ball four to draw the walk.
Cal Raleigh will lead off for the Mariners in the eighth and goes down swinging as he chases an elevated fastball.
Austin Hedges will get his first at bat with two out and two on.
On three pitches, he goes down swinging to end the inning.
Josh Jung now heads to the plate and can't hold up on strike three. Two down.
Nathaniel Lowe comes up now and goes down swinging for the first out.
Travis Jankowski works a full count, and for the second time in a row, Bazardo loses him. Two batters, two walks.
Mitch Garver takes off for second and there is no throw. That will officially go down as defensive indifference.
Mitch Garver leads off for Texas and works a full count before the payoff misses wide for a leadoff walk.
Eduard Bazardo will come onto the mound for Seattle, taking over from Isaiah Campbell and now it is the Mariners' turn for some defensive shuffling as in the outfield Jarred Kelenic moves from left to right as Sam Haggerty takes over for Teoscar Hernandez.
In the infield, Jose Caballero takes over at shortstop for J. P. Crawford.
Eugenio Suarez yanks one to short, as Josh H. Smith makes the throw to first for the final out.
Julio Rodriguez plops one to the mound. Jake Latz to first base for out number two.
JP Crawford will lead off here for Seattle and he goes down looking at a nice slider on the top edge. One down
Jake Latz will replace Will Smith on the mound and Bruce Bochy isn't done with his defensive substitutions as Ezequiel Duran takes over at second base for Marcus Semien.
Josh Smith now comes up for his first at bat.
He loops a fly ball out to left field for the easy out to end the inning.
At the seventh inning stretch, it is 8-0 Mariners
Marcus Semien comes up and walks on four straight balls.
Evan Carter strikes out swinging on three fastballs blown past him.
Grossman is called out for not checking his swing on strike three. It is not quite a Bryce Harper non-check, but it was pretty close. One down.
Robbie Grossman will now get his first at bat of the day to lead off here in the seventh.
Isaiah Campbell will take over for Trent Thornton on the mound for Seattle.
Josh Rojas works the count to 2-2 before ground a bouncer to first. Nathaniel Lowe steps on the bag to end the inning.
Jarred Kelenic comes up and gets nothing but sliders low and away. He goes down swinging on three pitches.
Ty France leads off and flies one out to left for Robbie Grossman. One down.
Will Smith will take over from Josh Sborz on the mound for the Rangers.
They have made quite a few defensive changes in fact. In the outfield, Evan Carter will shift from left to center as Robbie Grossman takes Leody Taveras' spot and playing in left field, while Travis Jankowski replaces Adolis Garcia in right field.
In the infield, Austin Hedges replaces Jonah Heim behind the plate and Josh Smith replaces Corey Seager at shortstop.
Jonah Heim comes to the plate and bounces one to first base. Ty France makes the play to end the inning.
Josh Jung stands in there now and manages to work a full count before yanking a line drive to third, directly at Eugenio Suárez for out number two.
Nathaniel Lowe will lead off for Texas and bounces one up the middle but right at JP Crawford. The throw to first is in time. One down.
Mike Ford now works a full count before watching another elevated fastball go past for strike three.
Teoscar Hernández comes up now and goes down swinging for the second out.
Cal Raleigh will lead off the order for Seattle and works the count full before having an elevated fastball blown past him. One down
Brock Burke's work done, Josh Sborz will take over on the mound for Texas.
Adolis Garcia now comes to the plate and goes down looking at a fastball on the bottom rung.
Mitch Garver comes up to the plate and lifts the first pitch out into center field. Rodriguez charges it and makes the catch. Two away.
Tayler Saucedo is going to be done, as the Mariners call for Trent Thornton to take over on the mound.
Corey Seager now and he works the count full before lining one out to center field. Julio Rodriguez makes the catch for one away.
Marcus Semien will lead off and singles to center on the first pitch.
Eugenio Suárez now comes up and is called out looking on a beautiful slider.
The Rangers are in a world of hurt here as the Mariners tack a grand slam onto an already healthy lead. At the end of four, Seattle leads 8-0.
Julio Rodriguez comes to the plate and jumps on an early fastball, grounding it to third baseman Josh Jung, who makes the throw to first for the second out.
GRAND SLAM MARINERS!
JP Crawford will come to the plate to face the new pitcher and is struggling to find the zone.
Crawford takes the 3-1 pitch and ropes it over the right field wall. A line drive that never dropped and the Rangers are in a deep hole here. Seattle is up 8-0 here
That is going to do it for Eovaldi as Bruce Bochy comes out and takes the baseball. Brock Burke will take over on the mound and he inherits three baserunners.
Josh Rojas now at the plate and Eovaldi gets out in front with two quick strikes.
Rojas bounces one straight back up the middle for a single. One run will score.
Jarred Kelenic comes to the plate and Eovaldi is in a spot of bother.
Again the count is worked full. This time, Eovaldi finds the pitch he needs with a low cutter that gets Kelenic swinging for strike three. That is a big out.
France works the count to full before the payoff pitch hits him. The bases are now loaded with no outs.
Ty France comes up now. His last at bat was a solo shot.
There is some work going on in the Rangers bullpen.
France fouls one back directly into the catcher's mask of Jonah Heim, breaking it, and there is a pause as he gets a new one.
Mike Ford comes up and walks on four straight balls. Runners now at first and second, nobody out.
Teoscar Hernández leads off and grounds one to the gap between short and third. Corey Seager can't quite get there and boots it into left field for a leadoff single.
Evan Carter comes to the plate and goes down swinging on three pitches to end the inning.
That is going to do it for Bryan Woo as Tayler Saucedo is summoned from the bullpen.
I've never understood this move. Woo has just gotten two quick outs. He is still pitching well. Why not let him finish the inning? Strict pitch counts, particularly now, at a point in the season when you need everybody to give everything, seems silly.
Leody Taveras will now come up and yanks one to first base. Ty France is playing deep and nabs it, underhanding it to Woo covering the bag. Two away.
Heim lifts one to left field for Kelenic. One down
Jonah Heim will lead off for the Rangers in the fourth and Texas need to find a response. Woo is still on the mound although Saucedo continues to work in the bullpen.
Cal Raleigh comes to the plate now and bloops one to shallow center. Seager drifts back from short and makes the catch to end the inning.
The Rangers are in a world of hurt as the Mariners score three runs that inning. End of three, 3-0 Seattle.
Eugenio Suárez now comes up and hits a long shot to center field. Taveres looked to have a bead on it, but over ran the hit. He gets twisted up and the ball makes it to the wall!
Crawford scores on the two out double from Suárez!
Julio Rodriguez comes up now with one out and one on.
Eovaldi finds the zone again and Rodriguez strikes out swinging. Two away.
JP Crawford now comes up and will face an Eovaldi who looks shaken. He can't find the zone and walks Crawford on four straight.
HOME RUN MARINERS!
Josh Rojas comes up and jumps on the first pitch, crushing it into the right field stands. Two huge solo shots and the Mariners lead 2-0.
Jarred Kelenic comes up now and works the count to full before the payoff from Eovaldi is grounded to second. Marcus Semien fields it and goes to first for the first out.
Ty France leads off for Seattle and wastes no time at all in smoking a hanging pitch waaaayyy over the left field wall!
The Mariners are on the board with a leadoff solo home run!
Josh Jung comes up now with two outs and the bases loaded.
He runs the count full before flaring one out to left field for Kelenic to end the inning.
The Rangers leave the bases loaded and have stranded six runners in three innings.
Taylor Saucedo is beginning to get loose for the Mariners.
Lowe continues his at bat and works it to 2-2 before being hit in the foot by one that got away from Woo.
That will load the bases and the Mariners bullpen begins to stir.
Nathaniel Lowe comes to the plate now and loops a shot into shallow left, in between everybody but landing juuuuussst foul.
Adolis Garcia now comes up with one out and men on the corners.
He is aggressive, perhaps too aggressive, and goes down swinging on three pitches.
Mitch Garver comes up and he has had a pretty hot bat lately. Woo dealt him a strikeout his first time up tonight.
Now Garver plunks one to deep right field. Teoscar Hernández pulls it down for the first out.
Marcus Semien tags up and moves to third on the play.
Corey Seager now comes up and watches four balls go past him for a walk. The Rangers have two baserunners and nobody out.
Marcus Semien leads off and jumps on the first pitch, swatting it into right field for a leadoff single.
Mike Ford stands in and watches a beautiful curve for strike two before fighting back and fouling off two pitches. A splitter sees him swinging at strike three.
Teoscar Hernández now up to the plate and bounces one to short stop for Corey Seager. The routine play to first gets out number two.
Cal Raleigh leads off for the Mariners in the second and falls quickly into an 0-2 hole.
Eovaldi is throwing high-90s tonight.
The delivery is hit on the screws but right at third baseman Josh Jung. On away
Carter shows good discipline in taking the next two balls before getting jelly-legged by a four-seamer that runs the bottom rail.
Evan Carter comes to the plate and gets in a quick 0-2 hole.
Leody Taveras now comes up and works the count full before hitting one high to straight away center field. Julio Rodriguez puts it away for out number two.
Jonah Heim will now come up and hits a fly ball to left field, an easy catch for Jarred Kelenic. One down.
Josh Jung will lead off the second for Texas and loops a little shot just over the second baseman's glove for a leadoff single.
Eugenio Suárez comes up now and grounds one to third base for Josh Jung. The long throw in time to end the inning.
Julio Rodriguez now comes to the plate and goes down swinging on three straight pitches.
Same script: fastball, fastball, curve
After three fastballs, a curve gets Crawford swinging for the first out.
Nathan Eovaldi will go to work against the Mariners and JP Crawford will get things going.
Lowe fouls three back on the way to working a full count. Woo's 29th delivery of the inning is a low curve that finds Lowe unable to check his swing for strike three.
Nathaniel Lowe comes to the plate now with runners at first and second and two outs.
Adolis Garcia now comes up and manages to work the count full as well.
The payoff delivery misses low and Garcia draws the second walk of the inning.
A swinging strike and three balls brings the count to 3-2 before the payoff delivery finds that inside edge for a called strike three. That, after all I said, was a beautifully placed pitch! Two down.
Mitch Garver comes up to the plate and takes a called strike outside. Woo has yet to throw a ball in the strike zone.
Corey Seager now will come up to the plate and Woo has a little more trouble finding that outside edge for the left hander, walking Seager on four straight.
Woo's nex three deliveries are called strikes so see Semien take a seat. All three looked to be outside, but called strikes.
Bryan Woo gets things going with a 96mph ball to Marcus Semien.
We are off!
We are ten minutes away from the beginning of this second game of the four game series between these two. Texas needs a big game out of Eovaldi and he is expected to go deep into this contest.
The Home Team
Mariners Batting Order
1. Crawford (SS)
2. Rodríguez (CF)
3. Suárez (3B)
4. Raleigh (C)
5. Hernández (RF)
6. Ford (DH)
7. France (1B)
8. Kelenic (LF)
9. Rojas (2B)
Rangers Batting Order
1. Semien (2B)
2. Seager (SS)
3. Garver (DH)
4. García (RF)
5. Lowe (1B)
6. Jung (3B)
7. Heim (C)
8. Taveras (CF)
9. Carter (LF)
Nathan Eovaldi (RHP)
12 - 4
Bryan Woo (RHP)
4 - 5
The Rangers will call on their ace in Nathan Eovaldi tonight. Easily the best pitcher in baseball up until the All Star break, Eovaldi has struggled in the back half of the season after forearm tightness saw him go on the injured list in August.
Last week, the right hander had a stinker of an outing in Arlington against Seattle, giving up five runs on six hits in five innings. This was, however, an aberration for Eovaldi. Normally, he is a solid arm, and while not as lights out as he was in June, he has not given up five runs since April 12 or six hits since June 10.
The Mariners will lean on Bryan Woo to get that much-needed win. This is a much more tricky prospect, with Texas having their way with him both times that they have faced him this year. Currently in his rookie season, Woo is having a solid year. But he will need to do better tonight or he could find himself getting an early rest.
Welcome to the Diario AS USA live commentary of game two of the final four-game series of the regular season between the Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners as the AL West comes down to the wire.
We are ramping up into the final days of the regular season and will hit the ground running with full coverage of the MLB post season as the battle to get to a 2023 World Series champion heats up.
The Texas Rangers and Seattle Mariners are in the middle of a heavyweight fight for their playoff lives. The Rangers are currently in first place in the AL West and needing only one win to clinch a playoff berth. With the third-place Seattle Mariners fresh off being swept by the Houston Astros, they must have felt that last night was their moment, only to be dealt a heavy gut-punch by a comeback walkoff win by the Mariners.
The Rangers can still clinch a spot in the post season with any result other than being swept this weekend.
As for the Mariners, they are in much more dire straits than Texas is. They are one game behind Houston in the Wild Card race and need to win here and hope for a Houston loss to Arizona in order to get them into position to make the playoffs.
Should Seattle pull off the unthinkable and sweep the Rangers, there could potentially be a three-way tie at the top of the AL West. This division is coming down to the wire!