SEATTLE – The script for a sleepy Seattle night woke up energetically and wrote itself in an absolutely – and almost unbelievably – unreal way.
Abraham Toro. Kendall Graveman. The key pieces in a polarizing trade that has dominated the second half of their season since then, despite the Mariners’ wrong performances.
Toro smashed a Graveman trademark at 96.8 mph, which was running away from the switch-hitter in the upper third of the attack zone, and watched it sail 413 feet over the deepest part of the right center field and Seattle’s dugout canoe into a frenzy sent the Mariners to a 4-0 win at T-Mobile Park on Tuesday, one they needed so badly, at least from a moral point of view.
During that critical homestand, where Seattle teeters in postseason competitions, its bats were nearly lifeless, which they did again by Tuesday’s fateful eighth inning. Coupled with the Boston defeat, Seattle moved to 3 1/2 games from second place with the wild card in the American League with 29 games to play.