Haniger gets a fastball in the face

by Abel Hampton August 2, 2017, 0:09
Haniger gets a fastball in the face

After blowing a late lead Friday night in the opener of a three-game series against the New York Mets, and with Jacob deGrom on the mound Saturday afternoon, the Mariners' chances weren't looking very good. Paxton, sidelined most of May with a left forearm strain, was 6-0 in six July starts, allowing six earned runs in 39 1/3 innings with no home runs. They plan to be active in the hours leading up to Monday's non-waiver Trade Deadline, with closer Addison Reed, infielder Asdrubal Cabrera and other veterans up for sale. NY starter Jacob deGrom was charged with all three runs (two earned) on five hits and a walk while striking out ten over six frames to fall to 12-4.

Jarrod Dyson followed with a two-run single to right field, snapping the scoreless tie. Nelson Cruz scorched a single that glanced off deGroom's foot and caromed into right field. Kyle Seager went 2 for 3 with a run.

The Mariners later announced Haniger left the game with a mouth contusion and was fully alert. Guillermo Heredia took his spot on the basepaths and lineup. Dyson then blooped a singled into shallow right center. Dyson stole second, but Mike Zunino and Jean Segura struck out to end the rally. Martin, who hit.247 last season, was sent down in late April after hitting.111 in 15 games.

Reed, who has attracted interest from the Red Sox and Dodgers, among others, remains the Mets' No. 1 trade chip and is nearly certain to be dealt. In the top of the sixth, Gallardo set aside the first two Mets hitters but faced trouble as Yoenis Cespedes and Neil Walker reached on singles. Martin prevented a run with a diving grab of Curtis Granderson's sinking liner to right. Danny Valencia struck out, then Mitch Haniger took a fastball off his face and left the game with the bases loaded.

Ketel Marte had a two-run homer, A.J. Pollock an RBI double and Goldschmidt a sacrifice fly in the Diamondbacks' four-run eighth against reliever Kevin Siegrist. "He's about to 140, 150-feet, working his way toward the bullpen".

"It could have been much worse", Servais said. Cabrera, who all but demanded a trade after the Mets moved him out of shortstop last month, has done his best to go along with the Mets' plans to market him as a versatile infielder. The Mets (48-54) will start Seth Lugo (5-2, 4.10).

ST. LOUIS - Paul Goldschmidt homered and drove in three runs, Zack Greinke pitched seven strong innings and the Arizona Diamondbacks beat the St. Louis Cardinals.

It was 4-all when Aaron Bummer (0-1) walked Carlos Santana with two outs in the ninth and Austin Jackson singled. "You never want to hit anybody in the face". The Mariners now hit the road for nine games - at Texas, Kansas City and Oakland - starting at 5 p.m. Monday at Texas with Felix Hernandez (5-4, 4.08) taking the mound opposite Cole Hamels (5-1, 3.97).

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