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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Seattle3 0 0 2 0 3 0 0 0 8140
Arizona4 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 5100
  W: M. Gonzales (7-5)   L: C. Smith (4-9)   S: D. Castillo (16)
5:10 PM PT6:10 PM MT7:10 PM CT8:10 PM ET20:10 ET0:10 GMT8:10 5:10 PM MST7:10 PM EST7:40 PM VEN4:10 UAE (+1)6:10 PM CT, September 4, 2021
Chase Field, Phoenix, Arizona  Attendance: 18,819

Mariners' Marco Gonzales bids for two-way success vs. D-backs

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Seattle Mariners at Arizona Diamondbacks

  1. These two teams have not faced each other since last season when the Mariners took two of three at Chase Field. Both teams batted poorly as Seattle hit .224 and Arizona hit .207, but it was the Mariners who hit the only four home runs of the series.
  2. The Mariners took two of three against the Astros at T-Mobile Park, shutting out Houston in each of the last two games. The last time the Mariners had back-to-back shutout wins was April 29-30, 2016 against Kansas City. They have never had three straight shutout wins in team history.
  3. The Diamondbacks defeated the Padres on Wednesday to snap their five-game losing streak. They have won seven of their last 10 home games and have held their opponents to three or fewer runs in eight of those 10 home games.
  4. Ty France is hitting .391 (9/23) in his last six games and .364 (40/110) in his last 28 games. He has hit 10 of his 16 home runs this season on the road. However, he has exactly 30 RBI in both home and away games.
  5. Josh Rojas went 2-for-5 on Wednesday and now has 33 multi-hit games this season. The 33 leads the Diamondbacks and is five more than the next highest (Pavin Smith). He had multi-hits in seven of 61 career games entering this season.
  6. Tyler Anderson has a 3.18 ERA in six starts this season with Seattle after posting a 4.35 ERA in 18 starts with Pittsburgh. Madison Bumgarner is 0-1 with a 1.69 ERA in two career outings against the Mariners, with the last coming in 2015 (both in Seattle).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/3/2021 thru 9/5/2021

A couple of years ago in a game in Pittsburgh, Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais gave Marco Gonzales the take sign on a 3-1 pitch.

That isn't uncommon for an American League pitcher, who rarely gets to bat, playing in an interleague game in a National League park.

Gonzales took a strike, then fouled off a couple of pitches before getting called out on strikes.

When Gonzales got back to the dugout, he had a question for his manager.

"What, you don't think I can go deep?" Gonzales asked Servais.

Of course, Servais knew Gonzales was a top two-way player as a junior at Gonzaga in 2013, when he went 7-3 with a 2.80 ERA and led the Zags at the plate with a .311 average.

Gonzales will get another chance to show off his batting skills when the Mariners (73-62) play Saturday night against the host Arizona Diamondbacks (45-91) in Phoenix.

In Gonzales' second at-bat in that game in Pittsburgh, he doubled to right field and scored from second on a single.

"That was a lot of fun," Gonzales said at the time. "That's kind of what my whole career was like there (at Gonzaga) -- just throwing and then gearing up for an at-bat later.

"I was just trying to take a short swing and get the barrel on the ball. ... I was expecting to get a couple bunts down today, but it didn't line up, so I had to get the swing off a little bit."

Gonzales, who is 6-5 with a 4.02 ERA this season, has won his past five decisions since his most recent loss on July 3. He's 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two previous appearances against the Diamondbacks.

Humberto Castellanos (1-1, 2.14) is scheduled to start for Arizona on Saturday. The right-hander has yet to face the Mariners in his career.

Castellanos picked up his first career win on Wednesday after allowing one run on three hits in 5 1/3 innings against the Philadelphia Phillies.

The Mariners won the series opener 6-5 in 10 innings Friday night as Jarred Kelenic singled home the winning run after earlier hitting a two-run homer.

Mitch Haniger also hit a two-run homer for the Mariners, who won their third straight game and remained four games back in the race for the AL's second and final wild-card playoff berth.

"Just another one-run game," said Servais, whose team improved to 29-16 in one-run contests and 13-4 in extra innings. "It's what we do."

The Diamondbacks rallied from a 5-1 deficit with a four-run seventh inning, with Nick Ahmed's two-run single tying the score. But Josh VanMeter hit into an inning-ending double play in the eighth, and Arizona was retired in order in the ninth and 10th innings.

Madison Bumgarner started for the Diamondbacks and gave up five runs over six innings, with five walks and five strikeouts.

The veteran left-hander said the baseballs felt slick.

"I could sit there and rub it for 30 minutes and it never felt any better," Bumgarner said. "I don't know."

The Diamondbacks are scheduled to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the team's 2001 World Series championship on Saturday, with former manager Bob Brenly set to throw out the first pitch.

--Field Level Media

Updated September 4, 2021

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