Not gonna say it’s a slow day in baseball, but literally the biggest news of the morning was that the finger of a dude with a 7.09 ERA feels better.
The Diamondbacks have activated pitcher Shelby Miller from the 15-day disabled list. He’ll start against the Phillies in, oh, about five minutes from now. Miller has been out since May 24 because of a sprained index finger. To make room for him the Dbacks have placed outfielder David Peralta on the disabled list with a lower back sprain.
Miller is 1-6 with a 7.09 ERA over his first 10 starts. His strikeout to walk ratio is an unsightly 30/29 in 45 and two-thirds innings pitched. He was acquired from the Braves this past offseason at a hefty price with top prospect Dansby Swanson and outfielder Ender Inciarte heading to Atlanta.
2019 has not been kind to the Seattle Mariners. After starting the year 13-2, the club has gone 41-71 since, earning last place in the AL West. To give credit where credit is due, however, the Mariners were on something of a roll, entering Wednesday afternoon’s series road trip finale against the Rays on a four-game winning streak. However, the M’s lost Wednesday’s contest in very depressing fashion.
Entering the top of the ninth inning, the Mariners trailed the Rays 5-3, but a solo homer by Daniel Vogelbach and a two-run triple by Mallex Smith sent them into the bottom half of the ninth leading 6-5. Manager Scott Servais sent Matt Magill — acquired from the Twins exactly one month ago — to the mound to close out the game.
Kevin Kiermaier greeted Magill rudely, starting the inning by swatting a game-tying solo home run to center field. Magill would then allow a single to Willy Adames and a double to Michael Brosseau before intentionally walking Ji-Man Choi to load the bases with no outs. Tommy Pham worked the count to 1-2 when Magill spiked a breaking ball in the dirt that catcher Omar Narváez had little hope of corralling. The ball skipped away and the Rays walked off 7-6 winners on a wild pitch, a very on-brand sentence for the 2019 Mariners.