The Mariners’ bullpen wasn’t exactly perfect this weekend in Chicago.

The relievers even allowed a run in the third and final game of Seattle’s sweep of the White Sox.

The bullpen was, however, better than anyone had a right to expect, allowing a combined total of four hits in the 14 innings a total of six different pitchers combined to work in relief of Seattle’s starters. So while the Mariners’ starting pitcher was credited with the victory in two of Seattle’s three games, let’s make no mistake: Seattle’s bullpen won that series in Chicago, which the Mariners absolutely had to have.

It wasn’t necessarily pretty with a Mariners starting pitcher going into the sixth in only one of the three games.

It certainly wasn’t overwhelming with the Mariners winning the three games by a combined total of four runs and almost all of Seattle’s scoring coming via home runs.

But it was a vote of confidence for a bullpen that wobbled at the back end in two different stretches of the first half of the season, but began the second half of the schedule with a pretty strong message.

It wasn’t just Eddie Diaz, who saved all three games –- two of them without so much …read more

Source:: MyNorthwest.com – Sports

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