Luis Castillo, recent off signing a wealthy contract with Seattle, acquired chased because the Kansas Metropolis Royals erupted for 11 runs within the sixth inning and a wild, 13-12 win Sunday that price the Mariners an opportunity to maneuver up within the AL wild-card standings.
The Mariners stayed within the third wild-card spot, a half-game behind Tampa Bay. Seattle remained 4 video games forward of Baltimore for that final AL playoff slot.
“We haven’t performed good baseball on this journey,” Mariners supervisor Scott Servais mentioned. “We have to get again to enjoying baseball the way in which we have now all 12 months that’s allowed us to be on this place. We do have alternative to make the playoffs and the following ten video games will outline the place we’re at.”
Mitch Haniger singled twice throughout an eight-run fifth for the Mariners, they usually led 11-2 going into the underside of the sixth.
“We did plenty of good issues offensively, had a commanding lead within the ballgame, and we let our guard down a bit of bit and didn’t shut it down,” Servais mentioned. “I’m going again to the factor we speak about on a regular basis, controlling the strike zone. We gave them a possibility to return again within the ballgame as a result of we didn’t throw strikes.”
Castillo struggled to start the sixth, and Michael Massey homered and drove in 4 runs in the course of the Royals’ largest inning since 2004.
“I simply needed to get one thing up within the zone and put swing on it,” Massey mentioned. “I wasn’t attempting to hit a homer; I used to be simply looking for the barrel.”
Stated Royals supervisor Mike Matheny: “We had good at-bats from everybody they usually did it towards a playoff-contending membership.”
“At any time when you’ve gotten a sport the place you might be down that many runs and also you discover a method to get into it, it reveals the combat and willpower of this staff,” he mentioned.
Castillo, an All-Star traded from Cincinnati to the Mariners in midseason, acquired a $108 million, five-year contract that begins subsequent season. The deal was introduced Saturday.
Holding a nine-run lead, Castillo struck out the primary batter within the Royals sixth. After a stroll and Massey’s homer, Castillo was pulled after one other stroll.
“(The highest of the fifth, with Seattle batting) was only a very lengthy inning,” Castillo mentioned. “It was an extended inning and I used to be on the bench for many of it, and I feel it affected me.”
Servais noticed the impact.
“He hasn’t been as sharp,” Servais mentioned. “Balls lacking location, been in the course of the zone a bit of bit.”
The Royals wound up combining seven hits, together with a two-run single by Massey, and 5 walks off 4 pitchers to take the lead. Matt Brash (3-5) confronted 4 batters and didn’t file an out.
“We didn’t throw strikes,” Servais mentioned. “You don’t throw strikes on this league you might be gifting them alternatives. It began with Luis. Luis couldn’t get the ball within the zone and we needed to go to some guys within the pen who’ve been good at doing that they usually couldn’t do it.”
Hunter Dozier completed with three hits and two RBIs for the Royals.
Jose Cuas (4-2) recorded 4 outs for the win. Scott Barlow earned his twenty fourth save.
Royals starter Max Castillo, who was recalled from Triple-A Omaha previous to the sport, left after a bases-loaded stroll to Cal Raleigh put the Mariners forward 3-2 within the fifth. He allowed six runs on six hits and 4 walks.
The Mariners completed their highway schedule at 45-36, whereas the Royals accomplished their house schedule at 38-43.
Kansas Metropolis’s introduced attendance of 18,350 introduced its season whole to 1,277,776. That was 201,883 fewer than in 2019, the latest season earlier than COVID-19 restrictions.
— Marc Bowman, The Related Press