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

Adam Jude, The Seattle Times on

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In a matchup of two of the league’s top pitchers, Castillo looked very much the part for three innings, striking out six of the first 11 batters he faced to match zeros with Bieber.

“Early on, Luis was on top of his game,” manager Scott Servais said.

But things fell apart quickly for Castillo and the Mariners in the fourth inning.

With two outs and Jose Ramirez at first, Castillo’s 0-2 changeup caught too much of the middle of the plate, and Cleveland’s Will Brennan turned on it for a hard-hit single to right field.

As Ramirez raced to third, the Mariners’ Mitch Haniger misplayed the bouncing ball in right field, allowing Ramirez to come all the way around for the game’s first run.

Two pitches later, in the biggest swing of the game, Cleveland’s Bo Naylor pulled a 96-mph fastball from Castillo — located in off the plate — out to right field for a two-run home run.


That pushed the Guardians’ lead to 3-0, and the Mariners never mustered much of a fight after that.

Cleveland added another run in the fifth inning to make it 4-0 after a wayward throw from Seattle third baseman Josh Rojas on a Steven Kwan bunt, allowing Brayan Rocchio to score.

Rojas said he was rushing to get the throw off and never was able to get a good grip on the ball, which tailed into the runner.

It was the Mariners’ second error of the game, and Castillo never recovered from the fateful fourth inning.


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