While the worst days of the pandemic are hopefully behind us, annoying supply chain issues persist, like the worst party guest who doesn’t understand when you start putting away all the food and cleaning up. The store is out of favorite cereals? Something you ordered for a friend’s birthday arrives well after the date? Shortage of building materials delaying that DIY project you’ve been working on for months? Blame it on supply chain issues. In fact, go ahead and blame them for everything else too. Driving you to the airport? Ooooh sorry, supply chain issues. Sorry I couldn’t make it to your improv show, supply chain issues! I can’t help you move this weekend, I’m having supply chain issues.
Perhaps the Mariners could also blame their lackluster offensive performance on this road trip on supply chain issues. Despite being in the Midwest for a week, the bats only appeared today, the first time this season the Mariners have scored five or more runs. Did the Mariners take advantage of some lower-level White Sox throws at the replacement and a hidden part of their power bullpen? Perhaps! But they took the win despite tough conditions, in an effort largely led by their young players, so there’s plenty to feel good about here. Sit somewhere comfortable – remember, you can’t do a book club, you have supply chain issues— and get ready to watch some goodness.
Jarred seems like the kind of kid who was always on the front lines when pieces of pizza or birthday cake were handed out at parties, which is absolutely no blow to him, we respect the hustle, so it makes sense that when the actual running bats showed up at the park, it caught the biggest and best:
It was Kelenic’s hardest-hit ball, and the hardest-hit ball by a southpaw this year, and gave the Mariners a 2-0 lead. The Mariners had a chance to add when Julio hit a field single and stole second base, and Cal Raleigh reached a fielding error from Leury García, but Adam Frazier floated out safely to finish the sleeve. I know you’re new here, but don’t get behind Jarred when they’re handing out bats, Adam.
Meanwhile, Logan Gilbert came out with his hair somehow both on fire and blowing behind him like a windsock, throwing an 11-pitch inning in the first to clinch the top of the order and recovering his first sword of the day, hitting Tim Anderson on his new hard slider:
The windy conditions – not a direct wind, but a swirling, swirling, swirling wind – seemed to hamper what Gilbert was able to throw today. He didn’t throw many changes, and the ones he did were out of the zone and not tempting anyone, and he only threw a few curveballs, mostly early in the count to try and counter aggressive hitters from Chicago. Logan mostly stuck to his fastball-slider combo today, and while neither was great at producing a ton of swing-and-misses (just four strikeouts in five innings), they created a lot of weak contacts which were mostly handled by his defenders. .
…Most. Because that thing about the wind was, it reached ridiculous levels in round five. Gilbert should have been out of that inning a pitch in his third batter, when Adam Engel threw a ball into the wind that should have been easily handled by third baseman Eugenio Suárez in foul territory, but the wind blew him away. ripped off. Engel would eventually make it all the way to second on another popup blowing all around the batter’s box that Cal Raleigh couldn’t locate; Raleigh would be unfairly marked with an error, even though the same play happened again on the next batter when Jake Burger appeared in the direction of JP and Suárez and neither of them could correlate the wayward ball, although that it was marked. as single. Retroactive justice for Cal Raleigh, I hope. Tim Anderson followed that up with a well hit single, no wind assist needed, and it looked like the wheels might fall off Gilbert’s exit, but he bounced back to take out Luis Robert and was clearly pumped about it:
Also, it’s not the gif, things got really dark and weird in Chicago for a while, maybe Logan did some kind of summoning spell.
The summoning spell in question:
Although that brought the score to a tense 2-1, the bullpen was nailed down today, with Muñoz, Steckenrider, Castillo and Sewald all throwing scoreless, no-hitter innings with five strikeouts. between them…although to be fair, Andrés Muñoz had three of them in an utterly dominating performance.
Andrés Muñoz has a cannon in his arm! He threw the fastest pitch in Mariners history in the Statcast era (since 2015) at 102.8 miles per hour. He had a perfect turnout in striking out all three batters he faced.#MexicanPower #YoAmoElBeis pic.twitter.com/MFq4uHI1mY
— MLB Mexico (@MLB_Mexico) April 14, 2022
Muñoz alternated between his triple-digit fastball, which averaged—on average-101.9 MPH, including the fastest step ever thrown by a Mariner (102.8 MPH) and the slider, which did the real damage: he got five swings, all puffs, and four called strikes, for a %CSW of 90%, which is crazy. What’s even crazier is that if I weren’t spending this space talking about Muñoz, I could easily be talking about Diego Castillo and his six-pitch inning (five strikes, one strikeout), or Paul Sewald asking Gavin Sheets to cut through 92 mid-mid. Fun!
But even more fun, the Mariners were finally breaking out the GoodBats and putting some space between themselves and the wind-assisted deception at Guaranteed Rate Field. Cal Raleigh offered an insurance run in the eighth:
It’s a cool 105.7 MPH right off the bat with a launch angle of a ridiculous 42 degrees, maybe straighten it out a bit so it flies a little farther next time? But props to Cal for putting the ball in the air and letting the wind do some of the work.
Mitch Haniger, desperate to prove he’s not an ordinary dad but a cool dad, watched all the young kids fill in the box score and decided how to do it, albeit because he’s a real adult. with a mortgage and stuff, he overdid it a bit, firing this two-point shot to put the game out of reach safely:
It’s already been three homers on the season for Mitch, who hasn’t been affected by the supply chain issue because, like a real dad, he’s a great packer who knows you always put on a pair of pennies. -a change of clothes in your hand luggage and that you always get a follow-up. on your packages. Let’s hope the rest of the team takes their lead and it doesn’t take a week for the Bats to show up for the Mariners’ first homestand of the season.