Mariners over Royals 10-9

Game Played on 5/7/2017 2:30 PM at Cool 1
Results were reported on 5/7/2017 10:12 PM
GameID: 12300

Pitching for Mariners Pitching for Royals
NameAgePitch Count
Desmond Nichols851
Ryan Moss962
NameAgePitch Count
Jake Grenier951
Maxwell Mitchell732
Bryan Richardson916
George Kosheff926

After a couple of rainy days the sun came out for a great afternoon of baseball. As the Mariners faced off against the Royals both teams came in hoping to snap losing streaks. The Royals came into the game having dropped two straight and the Mariners had lost all three of their games. 

Desmond Nichols was sent out to the mound to start the game and found himself in trouble right out of the gate. After hitting Bryan Richardson in the first at bat the rookie allowed three consecutive infield singles to Brady O'connell (RBI), Jake Grenier and Tee Hutt. After striking out Jackson Mitchell he walked his old teammate Max Mitchell (RBI) to plate another run. He sandwiched a HBP with two K's to get out of the inning with three runs in.

The Mariners bounced back in the bottom half of the inning against veteran Jake Grenier. After five consecutive free passes (four BB and one HBP) Jake bounced back to strike out Derek Xiang and Tyler Jordan. With two outs he walked Ryan Moss (RBI) and Andrew Stoessel (RBI) before catching E.J. Tesiero-miller looking for a third strikeout….. End of 1st … Mariners 4 ... Royals 3.

Nichols started out the second inning by hitting Wesley Tuttle with his second pitch. This would come back to haunt him later in the inning. After a couple of slick plays at first base by Ryan Moss, Brady O'connell smacked a two-out RBI single. The Royals chased Nichols out of the game after a Jake Grenier single and back-to-back walks to Tee Hutt and Jackson Mitchell (RBI). Nichols moved to 1B and Ryan Moss came in for relief. Moss made quick work of Max Mitchell after two pitches inducing a ground out to end the top of the inning.

Rookie Max Mitchell relieved Grenier in bottom of the second inning. With just one outing under his belt in minors Max looked like an experienced hurler. After a leadoff walk to Lucas Switzer, Max showed great control in striking out the next three batters on 12 pitches….. End of 2nd … Royals 5 ... Mariners 4.

The Royals came out aggressive to start out the third inning with consecutive singles by Brayden Crandall and Hayden Law (RBI). Moss settled down and struck out consecutive batters before walking three straight. He finished the inning nicely with a strikeout of Jake Grenier.  Max Mitchell continued his dominance in the bottom of the third. He struck out three of the four batters that he saw….. End of 3rd … Royals 7 ... Mariners 4.

The 4th inning started out promising for the Mariners as Ryan Moss struck out Tee Hutt. But after consecutive fielder errors and a single by Hayden Law the Mariners found themselves down by two more runs. 

Things didn't look good for the Mariners as they came to bat in the bottom of the 4th. Bryan Richardson relieved Max Mitchell with the bottom half of the order coming up. Richardson struggled through just four batters. After hitting Tyler Jordan with a pitch he walked the next three batters. Manager Matt Mitchell intervened and brought in veteran George Kosheff to stop the bleeding. After making quick work of Lucas Switzer with a strikeout Kosheff walked four straight batters to tie up the game and end the inning.....End of 4th … Royals 9 ... Mariners 9.

With the game tied up Ryan Moss made quick work of the Royals in the top of the 5th thanks to a strikeout and some nifty glove work by 3B Ian Taylor.

The Mariners entered the back half of the 5th with some big bats due up and high hopes for their first victory. After a leadoff walk to slugger Ian Taylor the Mariners prayed for some fireworks as Desmond Nichols dug in. After a tough at bat Nichols lined out to Brady O'connell. After a walk to Derek Xiang, O'connell struck out Tyler Jordan for the second out. Ryan Moss followed with a strong grounder between short and second. Max Mitchell did a great job to knock the ball down but couldn't record an out. With bases loaded, two outs and a 9-9 score Andrew Stoessel stepped up to the plate. He was anxious to knock in the winning run with a hit but he didn't get the chance to as O'connell walked in the winning run on 5 pitches.....Final Score … Mariners 10 ... Royals 9.

Both teams fought hard as this game finished in dramatic fashion. The Mariners will try to keep their winning ways going against the White Sox later this week while the Royals will fight to end their losing streak against the Nationals.