While we hope the worst of the pandemic is behind us, there are still annoying supply chain issues, like the worst party guest who doesn’t understand a hint when you start putting all the food away and cleaning it up. The store is all of your favorite cereal? Something you ordered for a friend’s birthday arriving after the date? Lack of building materials getting in the way of the DIY project you’ve been working on for months? Blame it on supply chain issues. In fact, go ahead and blame everything else on them as well. Take you to the airport? Sorry, supply chain problems. Sorry I couldn’t get to your improvisation show, supply chain issues! I can’t help you moving this weekend, I have supply chain issues.
Perhaps the sailors could blame their lackluster offensive performance on this overland voyage on supply chain issues, too. Although they’ve been in the Midwest for a week, bats are only making an appearance today, the first time that sailors have scored five or more runs this season. Did the sailors take advantage of some sub-replacement level from White Sox and a tucked-in portion of their strength? Can! But they did win despite some tough conditions, in an effort largely led by their young players, so there’s plenty here to feel good about. Tuck in a cozy spot – remember, you can’t create a book club, you have to supply chain issues– And get ready to watch some good.
Jared seems like the kind of kid who’s always in the front row when handing out pizza or birthday cake at parties, which is never a hit on him, we respect the crowd, so it makes sense that when pizza or birthday cake is handed out in parties. A bat appeared in the garden, and he caught the biggest and best one:
This is Kilinic’s hardest shot ever, the hardest left-footed shot of the year, and lift the Mariners into an early 2-0 lead. The Mariners had a chance to add when Julio hit base one and stole second base, Cal Raleigh hit a field foul from Leury García, but Adam Frazier flew unscathed to finish the inning. I know you’re new here, but don’t get behind Jared when they hand out bats, Adam.
Meanwhile, Logan Gilbert somehow got his hair out on fire and exploding behind him like the wind, throwing an 11-point run into the first to put in the top of the rankings and collecting his first sword of the day, and Tim Anderson hit him on his new fixed slider:
The gale-force wind—not a direct wind, but a whirling wind, spinning on itself—seemed to hamper what Gilbert was able to throw today. He didn’t throw many changes, the ones he did were out of the box and tempted no one, and he only threw a few balls, mostly early in the counts for trying to foul on Chicago’s aggressive foot. Logan mostly stuck to his fastball-slider combination today, and although they weren’t good at producing a lot of swing and miss (only four hits in five rounds), they did create a lot of poor contact that was mostly dealt with by defenders. about him .
…Especially. Because that thing about the wind was, it had risen to ridiculous levels in the fifth inning. Gilbert was supposed to get out of that turn on a kick on the third hit, when Adam Engel tossed a ball into the wind that should have been easily handled by third baseman Eugenio Suarez in a foul area, but the wind drove her away. Engel would end up finishing second in another popup that exploded all over the mix box that Cal Rally couldn’t track down; Raleigh would be unfairly wrongly flagged, though the same play re-enacted itself in the next hit when Jake Burger appeared in the direction of JP and Suárez and neither of them managed to smash the stray volley, even though it was scored as an individual . Retrospective justice for Cal Raleigh, I hope. Tim Anderson followed this up with a great single, no wind help needed, and it seemed like the wheels might fall off Gilbert’s picnic, but he bounced back to hit Lewis Robert and he was clearly a bit nervous about it:
Also that’s not the motion picture, things are really getting dark and weird in Chicago there for a while, maybe Logan did some sort of spell casting.
The summoning spell in question:
Although that made the 2-1 jittery, goal nailed the day, with Muñoz, Steckenrider, Castillo and Swald throwing in a goalless and no-stroke innings with five hits in between… of them in an absolutely dominant performance.
Andres Muñoz has a cannon in his arm! It threw the fastest pitch in Mariners history in the Statcast era (since 2015) at 102.8 mph. He had a perfect turnout on all three hitters he encountered.# MexicanPower #YoAmoElBeis pic.twitter.com/MFq4uHI1mY
– MLB Mexico (@MLB_Mexico) April 14, 2022
Muñoz alternated between the three-digit fastball, whose average was –Average—101.9 mph, including the Mariner’s fastest pitch (102.8 mph) and slider, which does real damage: I got five flips, every whiff, and four hits called hits, for CSW’s 90%, which is insane. What’s more is that if I didn’t spend that space talking about Muñoz, I could easily talk about Diego Castillo and his six-pitch (five-hit, one-hit) turn, or Paul Swald getting Gavin Sheets to cut a 92-mid. middle. cheerful!
But what was most fun was the sailors getting out of the GoodBats, at last, and putting some space between them and their wind-assisted fishing gear in a guaranteed rate field. Cal Rally Show 8th Insurance Course:
That’s 105.7 mph cool off the bat with a ridiculous 42-degree launch angle, maybe straighten that out a bit so it flies a little farther next time? But props to Cal for getting the ball up in the air and letting the wind do some of the work.
Mitch Haniger, desperate to prove he’s not an ordinary dad but a great dad, looked at all the little kids filling up the box points and decided how to do it, even though he’s already an adult with mortgages and stuff, slightly past it, blew this second-round shot To make the game out of reach:
This is really three of their season-mates for Mitch, who is unaffected by the supply chain issue because like a real dad, he’s an excellent packer who knows you always put a spare pair of underwear in your carry-on and always keeps track of your packages. Hopefully the rest of the team will take the lead and it won’t take a week for the bats to appear in the Mariners’ first home of the season.