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Mariners' offense no match for Shane Bieber in 5-2 loss to Guardians

Adam Jude, The Seattle Times on

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The Mariners didn’t pitch particularly well Tuesday night, highlighted (lowlighted?) by a second straight sluggish start from Luis Castillo to open the season.

They didn’t hit much off Cleveland ace Shane Bieber, the continuation of an alarming early trend for Seattle’s offense.

But the good news, at least, was that their defense was pretty darn shoddy, too.

Yeah, it was that kind of night.

No actual good news to report here in the aftermath of the Mariners’ lackluster 5-2 loss to Bieber and the Guardians before a crowd of 20,646 at T-Mobile Park.

Bieber dominated the Mariners lineup over six shutout innings, scattering six hits with no walks and nine strikeouts.

 

The Mariners created some traffic on the basepaths early, with three singles in the first two innings, but they couldn’t come through with the necessary breakthrough at-bat. Bieber found his groove after that.

“Just incredible on a night like tonight — cold, windy, and (he) just dominated out there,” said Cleveland’s first-year manager, Stephen Vogt, the Mariners’ bullpen coach last year. “It’s really fun to watch.”

His fastball might only average 91.6 mph, but the 2020 AL Cy Young winner showed how adept he is at mixing in all five of his pitches, keeping the Mariners off balance (and off the bases) for most of the night.

“You look at just his stuff of individual pitches, he doesn’t have anything that jumps off the chart,” Mariners third baseman Josh Rojas said. “But he’s smart and he uses them all very well.”

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