Gold Nuggets – Mariners Go For Series Win vs. Rays

Throughout the season, Mariners broadcaster Aaron Goldsmith will provide content on From the Corner of Edgar & Dave, giving a behind-the-scenes look at the Mariners players and organization.

There were a number of good things to take away from what turned out to be a very disappointing loss Wednesday night in St. Petersburg:

  • After struggling against lefties all season (.230 vs. LHP, 27th in MLB), the Mariners made David Price look somewhat mortal.
  • Inheriting two runners with no outs, Charlie Furbush was nails once again and retired three straight right-handed hitters. Yoervis Medina cleaned up his own mess and left the bases loaded after walking them full.
  • The Mariners scored all four runs with two outs and Brad Miller refused to stop at first base yet again.

It’s hard to get on Danny Farquhar too much after he’s been so solid taking over as Mariners closer. Making things tougher, the first three men he faced Wednesday night were the same three batters be pitched to the night before.

  • The two runs Farquhar allowed in the ninth were his first in 14 2/3 innings — a span where he allowed just four hits.
  • For some reason he hardly threw his four-seam fastball Wednesday night and instead actually used a changeup at least once (a pitch I can’t ever remember him throwing before).
  • According to Fangraphs, opponents are batting .361 vs. his cutter/.205 vs. his four-seamer/.121 vs. his curveball. He once again threw a lot of cutters Wednesday.

The Mariners still have a chance to start this daunting road trip with a series win before traveling to Texas to take on the 70-win Rangers.

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