The Mariners had little hope of avoiding yet another losing season. But how fitting, in a game they should have won, that their 82nd loss of the season came on a passed ball by Mike Zunino in the 10th inning?
The error ensured a fourth straight losing season for the underperforming Seattle nine. That’s the longest stretch of losing seasons for the Mariners since their first 14 seasons, ending in 1991 when they eked out a .512 winning percentage. It also marked their fifth straight loss, including getting swept by the Majors’ worst team, Houston.
I cheer again the inclusion of the Astros in the AL West, without whom the Mariners would very likely end up again in the division cellar.