After a sleepy loss for Orioles yesterday, when Baltimore played the best game they played all season defensively, the Marines traveled to the basement o with a dominant 13-3 victory. In game thread, Zach noted that J.P. Crawford and Mallex Smith had a hard run of it in yesterday's loss, with just one hit between the two. Today, the couple jumped back to combine for six hits, one trip and no strike, with five RBI. The heavy lift was made by Crawford, who had his best game as a Mariner so far: four hits, including a home ground, four RBI and some sparkling defensive games.
It's hard to remember watching the playtime schedule, but there was a time when this game was close, and Crawford's first hit came at a critical time. Yusei Kikuchi got out of the gates and then shot again and had 20 seats to get through the first inning and give up two walks and a homer on a hanging curve to Trey Mancini. Crawford, who hit the two-hole today, immediately tied up the game with this shot:
The second inning would not be better for Kikuchi, who needed nearly 30 seats and surrendered another run despite getting help from Crawford on a slick 6-3 double game. The marines traveled again in their half of the entrance to tie the game again, though they could have gotten bigger innings if it hadn't been Mac Williamson on the plate with the bases loaded and no outs that were grounded for a double game.
Fortunately, Kikuchi – as he has several times this year – definitely and had his first 1-2-3 inning in the third. Mariners smashes saw a chance to move on to Baltimore starting Gabriel Ynoa, who had suffered some injury but no real critical hits. It could be argued that he also did not take anyone in the third when the seafarers instead chose a "death with 1000 paper cut" strategy that lifted eight runs of three walks, one HBP, one sac fly and six singles off Ynoa and his Replacement, Matt Wotherspoon, seems to be taking a break from scaring the Scooby-Doo band at his grandfather's amusement park. The marines had the chance of a big hit with Daniel Vogelbach with two on and two outs, but Vogey couldn't quite get a grip on the pitch, much to his dismay: