After a hot start to the season that saw him win the Pitcher of the Month title in April, Logan Gilbert was struggling some in August: his ERA per month swelled to nearly 6.75, with a FIP of 5.06. His blows subsided, and his gait rose, leaving Gilbert to search for answers. One of the answers, he said, came in part in adjusting the grip of the slider, which allowed him to have more consistency and control on the field. So far in September, Gilbert has been a one-man destruction crew. His %K jumped to a career-high 34.3% while he cut his walking rate to a stingy 6%, not letting Homer this month. And that data doesn’t even include today, when he roughed up the Angels over six rounds of action, racked up 11 career-highs and helped stop the slip that saw the exhausted Mariners lose the first three games of the series.
Gilbert set the tone early on. After the Mariners jumped to an early 1-0 lead thanks to JP Crawford leading by one and Ty France double in the left corner to score JP, Gilbert was determined to keep the Angels off the board at the bottom of the first. It took 19 pitches, most of which was spent fighting Ohtani in a 12-court battle, but Gilbert came out victorious:
It should also be noted that Gilbert got some help saving the pitch number from Toro in the third inning by playing a powerful backhand:
Next, Gilbert put on his Walter hat and hit the side in a second, all swinging, overtaking Taylor Ward in 97 and having Tess and Ford chase his slide. This slider was key to Gilbert today, that Angel Hitters couldn’t find; He threw it about a third of the times, achieving an outrageous 50 percent whiff rate on the field. Any traffic Gilbert had at the bases, he was able to turn around: In the third, Lifan Soto snuck a floor-thru hole through the Angels’ first stroke of the day, but Gilbert hit Sierra on the slider and got the annoying Rengifo to the ground unharmed.
Gilbert got into a spot of trouble at the bottom of fourth place: With two hits, including one for Otani, Taylor Ward fired one shot in the middle and then Matt Thays walked some very close pitches, bringing in ex-boyfriend Mike Ford. After a bit of spirited talk from JP, Gilbert engaged Walter Maud and hit Ford on three pitches — slider again, natch — to shut down the Angels.
The Mariners’ offense was slow to progress, and she suffered a bad case of Sequenceitis early on. JP Crawford hit a triple in third, and was stranded. Sam Haggerty hit a double in fourth, and was stranded. Finally, at five, Carlos Santana got tired of it. Angels starter Jose Suarez had been dancing in and out of trouble all day, but on the fifth suffered a complete loss of leadership: Kurt Casale, not exactly an offensive threat, walked through four pitches, before allowing Mitch Hanegger and hitting Ty France on the foot with a pitch. That sparked Carlos Santana’s two-team win, showing why a veteran presence could be a boon to the team as they patiently waited for struggling Suarez, who trailed 3-0. After Santana refused to swing a shot in the middle of the board, Suarez presented a very good challenge – a fast 91.5 mph ball on the outside of the board. If he makes a mistake, this will be a walk, and minor damage; If he didn’t and Santana didn’t swing, it would be a heavy blow; If Santana does swing, he probably won’t be in very good contact.
About this last part:
Today, Carlos truly lives up to the title of Slamtana. This 108 MPH rifle had the highest exposure value in the game. This was the 18th homeowner of the season, the 277th of his career, and as he later said, it was his mom’s birthday, so he wanted to get her something special.
Thank you, Carlos’ mother, for sharing your gift with Mariners fans.
Armed with a five-stroke lead, Walter/Logan came back in fifth to unload the Angels again, hitting Monyak, this time breaking the bend of the knuckle for an inviting hit—his ninth strike, tying his career high, and somehow his first strike of the day. Gilbert then followed it up with a swinging strike strike to Sierra, achieving a new career level and, by virtue of being proficient with his pitches (aside from the 12-pitch Ohtani Fest to lead the match), he had at least one turn at the end. the tank.
The angels finally arrived at Gilbert on the sixth. With one exit, Otani, who had already hit twice, flagged Gilbert with two hits on the line; This was followed by some rough friction which allowed Matt Duffy – Dylan Moore almost fished incredibly in the center but couldn’t hold it, putting the runners in second and third. The sack fly of Taylor Ward’s racket brought home a run, but then Gilbert was able to banish Matt Thays with his new eleventh stroke, and another swing, this time on about 98 mph of gas on Gilbert’s 98th pitch, off the field. day:
Logan Gilbert clocked 98 mph on his 98th of the day for the 11th hit of his career, capped by an initial roar/stare from Walter: pic.twitter.com/XgdCZUj0dp
LookoutLanding September 19, 2022
Gilbert would have finished throwing 61% of his first pitch strikes, with 66% of his total pitch being thrown for strikes. He was absolutely dominant at a time when the Mariners needed it most, just as it was in mid-April, when the Mariners were on a four-game losing streak and led them to a 5-1 win over the White Sox. ; He did the same on May 1, allowing only three hits and one run to the then-Hot Mariners after the Mariners had lost four consecutive times.
However, backing up a solid pitching performance takes offense – there are times this season when Gilbert has done everything in his power to stop a losing streak, but the attack disappointed him (see: his back-to-back game starts against Houston in July when he gave up just two rounds on each outing and was… Marking it with one loss and not making one decision). Fortunately, this wasn’t a problem today as sailors kept pouring it against the angelic soft oxen. Zach Weiss managed to fend off the Mariners in sixth, but opened the seventh inning by hitting JB Crawford with a slider and then walking Mitch Hanniger through five pitches. Ty France took the opportunity to correct, doing his best trout impersonation and sending this ball over the center court wall; Hilariously, the ball flew right above an ad for frozen French yogurt with a little bit of the French flag in the middle:
Later, Carlos Santana got an extra gift for his mom, adding Homer’s solo to make him the 9-1 Mariners.
Meanwhile, Matt Boyd, Diego Castillo and Ben Murphy have put things on hold for the Mariners, to make sure there’s no comeback or sweep from the Angels. Boyd made quick work of the Angels in the seventh, putting them in a 1-2-3 loss and concluding with a four-pitch hit from Lifan Soto as the rookie didn’t lift the bat off his shoulder. Boyd touched 95 with his fastball, which is a good sign as he continues to get back to his level after missing most of this season, and he hasn’t had a ball going off the field on him. Boyd had a little trouble in eighth, and he gave up but then it was the Angels’ turn to chop up the loaded bases when Diego Castillo came along. Feels good when it’s not us! Murfee shut things down, and while all of the dampers allowed a little more traffic than you’d like, each of them at least scored a strike to give the Mariners 15 hits a day. Again, I feel good when it’s not us.
With this victory, the sailors saved one game from what would have been a sweep were it not for the stupid closing schedule, so I guess thank the owners? Also, sailors enjoy officially getting rid of the angels from the playoff competition. Cake Rocks, Phil Nevin & Co.
The Mariners are now heading to the coast in Oakland for a three-game match with athletics before boarding a plane to Kansas City to finish their final road trip of the season. If you’re able, we’ll watch Saturday’s game against the Royals at Growler Guys on Lake City Way at 4:10. We had a blast last time, so please come if you are able!
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