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Mariners fail to score more than 1 run for 4th time this season in loss Cubs

Ryan Divish, The Seattle Times on

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SEATTLE — Scoring one run isn’t going to lead to wins.

And hitting the ball over the fence occasionally doesn’t allow for teams to rob you of runs.

The Seattle Mariners were reminded of both in a disappointing 4-1 loss to the Chicago Cubs on Saturday night.

For the fourth time this year, the Mariners failed to score more than one run in a game.

And while their process at the plate seemed somewhat better and they had some tough luck with third baseman Christopher Morel making back-to-back run-saving plays in the sixth inning, an offense that was supposed to be improved with more consistent hitters and a more mature approach has shown to be neither thus far.

Seattle wasted a solid outing from starter Emerson Hancock.

 

The rookie right-hander delivered the Mariners’ sixth quality start of the season, working six inning and allowing two runs on four hits with no walks and four strikeouts.

But his outing, which featured a career-high in innings pitched, didn’t result in a win for himself or the team. He was saddled with the loss thanks to minimal run support. It’s the only time this season the Mariners have lost a game where a starter pitched at least six innings and allowed three runs or fewer.

His first run allowed came in the top of the second with one out. Dansby Swanson and Michael Busch came up with back-to-back singles and Nico Hoerner drove in a run with a lineout to center field.

The Mariners answered with a run of their own in the bottom of the inning. Mitch Haniger reached when Busch couldn’t handle a throw from shortstop Swanson at first base. Jorge Polanco singled to center to push Haniger to third and Luis Urias tied the game with a double into the left-field corner.

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