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Michael Pineda gets lit up as Mariners lose 15th straight

Jul 24, 2011, 5:06 PM EDT

Adam Kennedy, Kevin Youkilis AP

Michael Pineda was pounded for five runs in the first inning and seven in 4 1/3 innings overall as the Red Sox beat the Mariners 12-8 on Sunday, sending Seattle to its team-record 15th straight defeat.

The Mariners’ losing streak is the longest since the Royals lost 19 in a row in 2005.  It ties the 2002 Rays for the third-longest streak since 1990, one behind the 1996-97 Cubs.

Seattle’s previous long losing streak was 14 games in 1992.  The 2008 Mariners has a 12-game losing steak.  The worst streak for last year’s 101-loss Mariners was eight in a row.

The Mariners lost this one even though Brendan Ryan hit a grand slam and drove in five.  The team took a 2-0 lead on Miguel Olivo‘s homer in the first, but Pineda gave that up quickly and ended up having his shortest start as a major leaguer.  He’s given up 19 runs in 15 2/3 innings in his last three outings, taking his ERA from 2.58 to 3.64.

It was a better day for the Red Sox.  Tim Wakefield gave up seven runs, but he picked up his 199th victory and his 2,000th strikeout with the Red Sox.  Kevin Youkilis homered for Boston, and Jarrod Saltalamacchia knocked in four runs.

  1. ryanmallettsbluntwrap - Jul 24, 2011 at 5:18 PM

    This offense is ROLLING , crawfords been playing much better since he has been off the DL , but this whole Wakefield thing is like deja vu , makes it through 5 or 6 innings doing great giving up 2 or 3 runs , then terry leaves him into the 7th and he gets rocked . I am assuming this is the last time he will leave him in so long when he knows Aceves is usually good for a few innings .

  2. Maxa - Jul 24, 2011 at 6:14 PM

    It does make you wonder if Dave Cameron was onto something when he suggested trading Pineda back in June.

  3. JBerardi - Jul 24, 2011 at 6:19 PM

    Told you.

    The Red Sox offense is downright unethical right now. Clearly the best they’ve had since ’03, and when it’s all said and done, possibly their best ever.

    • Old Gator - Jul 24, 2011 at 7:16 PM

      Kinda reminds me of the Panzers versus the Polish cavalry up there this weekend, you know?

      Anyway, I want to send my friends in Beantown West a message of hope, but I can’t think of one offhand. Maybe just leave that statue of Lenin where it is and the curse will be lifted. As in Macondo in June (the Feesh went 3-23, or something like that), so in Sasquatchland in July. Like the song says, when life looks like easy street / there is danger at your door.

      • marinersnate - Jul 25, 2011 at 1:14 AM

        Thanks OG. That helps. A lot….

      • nolanwiffle - Jul 25, 2011 at 8:15 AM

        Uncle John (Olerud’s) Band?

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