Michael Pineda was pounded for five runs in the first inning and seven in 4 1/3 innings overall as the Red Sox beat the Mariners 12-8 on Sunday, sending Seattle to its team-record 15th straight defeat.
The Mariners’ losing streak is the longest since the Royals lost 19 in a row in 2005. It ties the 2002 Rays for the third-longest streak since 1990, one behind the 1996-97 Cubs.
Seattle’s previous long losing streak was 14 games in 1992. The 2008 Mariners has a 12-game losing steak. The worst streak for last year’s 101-loss Mariners was eight in a row.
The Mariners lost this one even though Brendan Ryan hit a grand slam and drove in five. The team took a 2-0 lead on Miguel Olivo’s homer in the first, but Pineda gave that up quickly and ended up having his shortest start as a major leaguer. He’s given up 19 runs in 15 2/3 innings in his last three outings, taking his ERA from 2.58 to 3.64.
It was a better day for the Red Sox. Tim Wakefield gave up seven runs, but he picked up his 199th victory and his 2,000th strikeout with the Red Sox. Kevin Youkilis homered for Boston, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia knocked in four runs.
After Kendrys Morales brought the Royals within one run in the bottom of the fourth inning with his second solo home run of the game, George Springer took Chris Young deep in the top of the fifth to extend the Astros’ lead to 4-2 in Game 1 of the ALDS.
According to Statcast, the ball traveled an estimated 422 feet and left Springer’s bat at 109 mph. Royals fans are happy it was just a solo home run. It could have been worse, as Jose Altuve singled to lead off the fifth inning before being thrown out trying to steal second base during Springer’s at-bat.
The Royals will try to answer as we move to the bottom of the fifth inning at Kauffman Stadium.
UPDATE: Play has resumed after a 47-minute rain delay. Chris Young has replaced Ventura for the Royals.
8:30 p.m. ET: And now we’re officially in a rain delay in Kansas City. It will be interesting to see how long this lasts and how it might impact Ventura and McHugh.
8:29 p.m. ET: The Royals are on the board in Game 1 of the ALDS against the Astros.
After the Astros tacked on another run against Yordano Ventura in the top of the second inning on an RBI single from Jose Altuve, Kendrys Morales connected for a solo homer against Collin McHugh to lead off the bottom of the inning. The ball traveled an estimated 369 feet near the right-field foul pole.
With rain falling at Kauffman Stadium, the Astros lead 3-1 as we move into the top of the third inning.
Pirates utility man Sean Rodriguez made headlines for all the wrong reasons after Wednesday’s Wild Card Game against the Cubs. After being ejected for his role in a benches-clearing scuffle, he took his frustrations out on the cooler in the Pirates’ dugout. If you haven’t seen it already, watch the video below…
That poor cooler never had a chance.
With the benefit of a few hours to decompress, Rodriguez issued the following apology on his Twitter account this afternoon:
It’s nice to see that Rodriguez has a sense of humor about the whole thing.