Diamond Beat: Heim's second walkoff homer sinks Mariners
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SUNDAY, AUG. 1
Rangers 4, Mariners 3 — Jonah Heim ended the game for the second consecutive day, homering in the bottom of the ninth for the Texas win over Seattle.
Andy Ibanez had tied it at 3-3 with a two-run shot just before Heim's homer. Both homers came against Seattle reliever Erik Swanson.
The loss ruined a fine outing by Marco Gonzales, who allowed five hits and one run while striking out four and walking none in six innings. Abraham Toro had three hits.
The Mariners (56-50) continue their road trip with a three-game series at Tampa Bay, starting Monday.
Hops 4, Dust Devils 1 — Hillsboro (35-42) won the series finale with Tri-City at Ron Tonkin Field. Spencer Brickhouse homered. Brandon Pfaadt allowed two hits and no runs while striking out seven and walking two in seven innings.
Canadians 6, Indians 3 — Philip Clarke went 3-for-4 with three RBIs, including a two-run homer, and Zac Cook also homered as Vancouver (35-43) won at Spokane.
The two inhabitants of Ron Tonkin Field face off for the second time. Hillsboro is the home team for five of the six games in the six-game series against Vancouver, Tuesday-Sunday, Aug. 3-8.
Pickles 3, Elks 1 — Portland (23-16) won the three-game series at Walker Stadium against Bend.
Alex Giroux allowed two hits and one run in five innings, and three relievers finished the job. Ivan Luna had a two-run single during a three-run seventh inning.
The Pickles play another key West Coast League home series against Bellingham, Tuesday-Thursday, Aug. 3-5, and then league road series at Bend (Aug. 6-8) and Port Angeles (Aug. 10-12).
SATURDAY, JULY 31
Rangers 5, Mariners 4, 10 innings — Jonah Heim's second two-run homer of the game gave Texas the home win against Seattle.
The Mariners had rallied in the final two innings. Ty France's ninth-inning solo homer tied it 3-3, and J.P. Crawford's single put Seattle ahead 4-3 in the top of the 10th inning. But, Heim won it for Texas. Interestingly, his two homers came against Seattle's two new pitchers (Tyler Anderson in the seventh inning, Diego Castillo in the 10th).
Kyle Seager hit a two-run homer for Seattle.
Indians 4, Canadians 0 — Vancouver managed only four hits at Spokane. The low-scoring game came a night after Spokane won 15-11.
Dust Devils 8, Hops 7, 10 innings — Tri-City scored two 10th-inning runs, and held off Hillsboro, which got a 10th-inning sacrifice fly from Nick Dalesandro. Hillsboro's Eduardo Diaz had tied it 6-6 in the bottom of the ninth inning with a homer. Dalesandro went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and three RBIs.
Pickles 7, Elks 4 — Portland beat Bend at Walker Stadium after scoring five runs in the bottom of the eighth inning, which included Ryan Guardino's three-run homer. An inning earlier, Gabe Skoro hit a two-run homer for the Pickles. Guardino had three hits and Skoro two.
FRIDAY, JULY 30
Mariners 9, Rangers 5 — Seattle started a 10-game road trip with a win at Texas.
Jarred Kelenic hit a three-run homer and went 2-for-5 with four RBIs and two runs scored. Abraham Toro had three hits and two runs scored.
Seattle stood pat at the trade deadline after making some transactions the previous two days.
Hillsboro wins 5-2, Tri-City wins 7-1 — The Dust Devils and Hops split a doubleheader at Ron Tonkin Field.
Hillsboro's Axel Andueza had a three-run double and Drey Jameson scattered six hits and struck out six in a complete game in the first game. Tri-City pitching held Hillsboro to three hits in the second game.
Indians 15, Canadians 11 — Host Spokane had 17 hits, including five home runs (two by Michael Toglia). Niko Decolati had five hits. Toglia had five RBIs. Isaac Collins had four hits. Daniel Cope had four RBIs.
Vancouver had 16 hits. Davis Schneider went 3-for-4 with two runs scored and four RBIs — he had a three-run homer. Rafael Lantigua had three hits and three RBIs. Ronny Brito also homered.
Bend 7, Pickles 2 — The Elks beat Portland in a series opener at Walker Stadium, getting homers from Aidan Welch and Bennett Thompson (an Oregon Ducks player). Matt Jew went 3-for-4 with a solo homer and two runs scored.
THURSDAY, JULY 29
Seattle Mariners — After trading closer Kendall Graveman to Houston, the Mariners filled the void by acquiring Tampa Bay reliever Diego Castillo for reliever JT Chargois and a minor-leaguer.
Meanwhile, reliever Hector Santiago, who had earlier been penalized by MLB for using "sticky stuff" while pitching, has been suspended for 80 games for testing positive for a performance-enhancing substance.
Hops 6, Dust Devils 1 — At Ron Tonkin Field, Eduardo Diaz went 3-for-4 with a home run and Spencer Brickhouse also homered for Hillsboro in the win over Tri-City. Justin Vernia allowed six hits and one run in five innings.
Indians 11, Canadians 10 — Host Spokane scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning for the walkoff win (on a sacrifice fly), duplicating how Vancouver had won the night before.
Spokane's Isaac Collins went 5-for-6 with three RBIs and two runs scored. Daniel Montano had three hits and three RBIs. Michael Toglia homered.
The Canadians had 14 hits, by eight players. Will Robertson had three hits.
Lefties 3, Pickles 2 — Host Port Angeles avoided the sweep at Walker Stadium. Matt Jew had two hits for Portland, which now plays Bend at home, Friday-Sunday.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 28
Astros 11, Mariners 4 — Houston had 15 hits for the second consecutive game at T-Mobile Park. Kyle Tucker and Yuli Gurriel hit solo homers. Gurriel went 3-for-6 with two runs scored and three RBIs. Aledmys Diaz had two hits and three RBIs and Carlos Correa had three hits.
The Astros had at least one hit and one run off all five Seattle pitchers, including starter Yusei Kikuchi.
Newly acquired Abraham Toro homered again, for the fourth consecutive game, a two-run shot for Seattle. Kyle Seager hit a solo homer.
The Mariners lost two out of three games to Houston (both after trading closer Kendall Graveman to the Astros), and now go on a 10-game road trip to Texas, Tampa Bay and New York Yankees.
Canadians 10, Indians 9 — Vancouver won on an 11th-inning sacrifice fly at Spokane, and got great games from two hitters.
Rafael Lantigua hit a three-run homer and went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and four RBIs. Will Robertson hit a two-run homer and went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and four runs scored.
Hops 10, Dust Devils 2 — Eduardo Diaz hit a grand slam home run in a five-run first inning. Carson Kelly, the former Westview High star on a rehab assignment for Arizona, played his second game at Ron Tonkin Field.
Nick Dalesandro had three hits and two RBIs. Blaze Alexander scored four runs. Axel Andueza had two hits and three runs scored.
Pickles 5, Lefties 1 — Portland beat Port Angeles again at Walker Field. Matt Jew had three hits, a run scored and an RBI and Leo Mosby drove in two runs.
TUESDAY, JULY 27
Astros 8, Mariners 6 — On a busy trade day (including with their current opponent), Seattle rallied late against Houston but came up short, and one of the new players factored into the comeback.
Yordan Alvarez went 3-for-5 with a home run, two runs scored and three RBIs (on his homer in the first inning off Chris Flexen) for Houston, which had 15 hits.
Jarred Kelenic's two-run single drew Seattle within 8-4 in the sixth inning. And, then newly acquired infielder Abraham Toro, who literally took part of his batting practice with Houston before being traded to Seattle before the game, hit a pinch-hit two-run homer in the bottom of the ninth inning for his new team against his old team.
But, Ty France grounded out to end the threat.
The Mariners sent standout closer Kendall Graveman, in a surprise move, to Houston for Toro and reliever Joe Smith.
And, the Mariners acquired starting pitcher Tyler Anderson, the former Oregon player, from Pittsburgh Pirates for a couple minor-league players.
Anderson had made 18 starts and had a 5-8 record and 4.35 ERA for Pittsburgh. In six big-league seasons (he also played for Colorado and San Francisco), Anderson was 27-35 with a 4.60 ERA.
Dust Devils 6, Hops 1 — Tri-City won at Ron Tonkin Field. Carson Kelly, the former Westview High star who's on a rehab assignment from parent team Arizona, went 2-for-4 for Hillsboro.
Indians 8, Canadians 6 — At Spokane, Philip Clarke homered for Vancouver.
Pickles 9, Port Angeles 2 — Portland opened a stretch of games against West Coast League opponents with a win at Walker Stadium against the Lefties.
Ryan Guardino went 3-for-4 with a homer, two runs scored and three RBIs, and Leo Mosby went 3-for-4 with a home run, a run scored and two RBIs.
MONDAY, JULY 26
Mariners 11, Astros 8 — Seattle continued to make an American League playoff push and won in dramatic fashion in the first game of a three-game series with A.L. West Division-leading Houston at T-Mobile Park.
Dylan Moore hit a grand slam home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Mariners the lead, after Houston had scored six first-inning runs and led 7-0 at one point. The Astros led 8-7 when Moore hit his big homer off reliever Brooks Raley.
Kyle Seager hit a three-run homer and J.P. Crawford had three hits for Seattle. Spot starter Darren McCaughan gave up seven runs, and four relievers from Seattle's standout bullpen held Houston in check with only one run in the final five innings.
Kyle Tucker hit a three-run homer and Martin Maldonado and Abraham Toro solo shots for Houston.
Before the series with the Astros, Seattle won three of four games against Oakland, which narrowly leads the Mariners for the second spot in the A.L. wild card chase.
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