Former Mariner Happ Holds M’s Hapless
Former Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ pitched six shutout innings while striking out eight batters en route to leading the Toronto Blue Jays to a 4-0 win and picking up his first win of the year.Josh Donaldson knocked in three runs including a two-run bomb in the first inning for the Jays, whose fand once again invaded SafeCo Field for the weekend series creating a virtual home game atmosphere for the visiting team.
Mariners starter James Paxton was not sharp, going just four innings while tossing 104 pitches while suffering his first defeat on the season. Mariners reliever Emilio Pagan did yeoman’s work out of the pen keeping the game close by completing four innings of shutout ball, striking out five hitters along the way. Dan Altavilla whiffed two in the ninth for a clean inning to give the M’s bullpen five total innings of shutout baseball.
Seattle was a collective 0-9 at the plate with runners in scoring position.
The Mariners finished their 11-game home stand with a 7-4 record. They head to Minnesota tomorrow.