Erasmo Ramirez and the Seattle Mariners bullpen were at the races last night and threw a shutout against the hapless Tampa Bay Rays in a 3-0 victory at Tropicana Field.
The starting pitcher for the Mariners had struggled for form in recent matches. Slowly but surely Ramirez is getting back in the groove with a scoreless 4 and 2/3 innings. The 24-year-old starlet allowed four hits and walked five in 88 pitches but none made it home.
In total the Mariners stranded ten runners during the game which suffocated the Rays to their 41st defeat of the season. As of June 10, the Rays have the worst season record in both the American League and National League this year.
With the Seattle bullpen working their opponents into a slumber the Mariners were able to rely on a three-run rally in the third inning.
Base hits by John Buck and Willie Bloomquist followed by a useful bunt by rookie James Jones loaded the bases for Robinson Cano. Superstar Cano did the rest with a double and set the Mariners on their way for their third straight victory after losing the series opener.
Cano’s hit to left field improved his RBI to 33 for 2014. While the Mariners are riding a crest of a wave, winning eight out of the last nine games, the Rays are plummeting. They have now lost 13 of their last 14 games.
Reflecting on their incredible form, Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon spoke to MLB.com.
“Our last seven to eight starts have been pretty darn good,” he said. “Our starters have given us everything we’ve asked and probably a little more. And our bullpen is better.”
The Mariners sit third in the American League West division but just 3.5 games behind table toppers Oakland Athletics.
Seattle will host a tasty three-game series against the New York Yankees, which sees Cano resume his battle against his former team.
The second baseman has played three games against the Yankees this season and fared fairly well, with three hits, two runs and three RBIs.
Cano became a free agent on Halloween last year after not renewing his contract with the New York outfit. Last December, Cano signed a 10-year $240 million contract with the Mariners.