Dickey hit hard in Mariners loss
Knuckleballer leaves early and Seattle can't climb from hole
SEATTLE -- It seems to be the prevailing theme in Seattle these days. An effective trend or play that happens one day rarely resurfaces for an encore the next. And it's keeping the struggling Mariners from putting together anything resembling the winning streak they so desperately need.On Tuesday, they got enough timely hits to score a few runs and rode a successful, innings-eating start that gave the bullpen an opportunity to slam the door and secure a 5-4 win.
The byproduct of Seattle's sustained inconsistency in key areas is its current plight in the standings at 25-47. It has not won back-to-back games since May 27-28.With a nine-game Interleague road trip looming ahead, Ibanez thought that perhaps leaving Seattle and the turmoil surrounding general manager Bill Bavasi's dismissal could help in a way. But he also pointed out that the goal remains the same. "The main objective is to win ballgames and try and do that somehow, and it's not just going to happen," Ibanez said. "We've got to make it happen."
Jesse Baumgartner is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.