Recap: The Mariners fell to the Blue Jays 7-2 in front of 28,000, most of whom seemed to be Toronto fans. The Blue Jays jumped out to the earliest lead possible with Jose Reyes hitting a solo home run off the first pitch from Felix Hernandez. It was a sign of things to come; Toronto racked up three more runs in the 4th and two more in the 5th. Multiple errors by the Mariners defense and less than stellar pitching from Hernandez added up to a disastrous combination for the Mariners as they fell into a 6-0 hole after 5. Carter Capps came on in relief and pitched two decent innings, giving up one more run. The Mariners tacked on 2 runs of their own in the 7th off a triple by Brad Miller, but the effort fell short.
Josh Johnson got the win for Toronto, just his 2nd of the season and Felix Hernandez fell to 11-5.
Turning Point: It could be argued that the turning point in the game came on the first pitch, with Reyes’ home run, but Felix managed to settle down for a few innings, leaving the real turning point to come in the 4th inning when the Blue Jays were able to capitalize on two errors by the Mariners, scoring 3 runs.
Player of the Game: The player of the game has to go to Toronto’s Josh Johnson who earned his 2nd win of the season and looked like an all-star against the Mariners bats.
Up Next: The Mariners try to avoid the sweep by Toronto with a day game at Safeco. Aaron Harang (5-10, 5.27 ERA) gets the start for the Mariners against the Blue Jays’ JA Happ (2-2, 4.91 ERA).
Notes: The Mariners committed a season high, four errors, with two from Seager, one from Miller and one from Ibanez.