SEATTLE MARINERS

Seattle Mariners stay hot in snow, shut down Rockies 7-0

Apr 20, 2024, 8:20 PM | Updated: 10:09 pm

Seattle Mariners Luis Castillo...

Luis Castillo of the Seattle Mariners during a 2024 game.(Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

(Dustin Bradford/Getty Images)

DENVER (AP) — Luis Castillo pitched two-hit ball over seven innings to win for the first time in five starts this season, Cal Raleigh homered among a career-high four hits and the Seattle Mariners overcame intermittent rain and snow to beat the Colorado Rockies 7-0 on Saturday night.

Seattle Mariners 7, Colorado Rockies 0: Box Score

Julio Rodríguez added four hits and two RBIs for the Mariners, who sent the Rockies to a sixth consecutive loss and dropped Colorado to 4-16 — with four of the losses shutouts. The 20-game start is the worst in Rockies history.

Temperature at first pitch was 33 degrees and dropped to 31 during the game.

Castillo (1-4) struck out nine and and walked one, lowering his ERA from 5.82 to 4.40. Last year he took a perfect game bid into the seventh inning against the Rockies.

“It was unbelievable for Luis Castillo to go out there in that kind of weather and perform like that,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “I didn’t know what we were going to get out there, but I knew the weather was going to be nasty. But from the get-go, he was very determined, he was locked in.”

Castillo, speaking through an interpreter, maintained he just tried to put the elements out of his mind. “It was cold, very cold but when you’re doing something that you love, you don’t want stuff like that to affect you,” Castillo said.

Elias Díaz lined a clean single to center with two outs in the fourth and Sean Bouchard hit a high infield popup that fell for a single in the fifth when first baseman Ty France lost the ball in the lights. That was all the hitting the Rockies managed against Castillo.

“He located his fastball well but also kept the slider down and his changeup away from us,” said Nolan Jones, who struck out twice against Castillo. “I think he did a good job executing all of his pitches.”

Dakota Hudson (0-4) gave up four runs — three earned — six hits and five walks in three innings. He has lost five straight starts and six decisions dating to last September.

“I can’t really make any excuses out there,” said Hudson, who had grip problems at times. “It was cold, but that’s part of the game. I’ve just got to be better.”

Raleigh started the second inning with his fourth homer of the season, an opposite-field drive into the left-field bleachers. He added an RBI single for a 2-0 lead in the third.

Jonatan Clase hit a two-run single in a four-run fifth off Victor Vodnik, and a third run scored when the ball skipped under the glove of right fielder Bouchard and rolled to the warning track for an error. Clase also tried to score but was thrown out at the plate when second baseman Alan Trejo relayed Bouchard’s throw to catcher Elias Díaz.

UP NEXT

Seattle RHP George Kirby (2-2, 6.64 ERA) is set to start Sunday’s first game against Colorado RHP Cal Quantrill (0-2, 5.57 ERA) and Mariners RHP Emerson Hancock (1-2, 7.98 ERA) the second game against Rockies RHP Peter Lambert (2-0, 2.31 ERA).

More on the Seattle Mariners

Morosi: Why Mariners limiting use of in-game tech is good call
• Salk: Why Bryce Miller is Mariners’ best story of young season
• Lefko on M’s: Three reasons for optimism plus an unanswered question

Mariners Roof Report

Brought to you by
Mostly Sunny
High 83° | Low 58°
Roof is open
Astros at Mariners today at 7:10pm

Seattle Mariners

Seattle Mariners AL West standings J.P. Crawford...

SeattleSports.com Staff

Video: Mariners Breakdown – What will second half look like?

The Seattle Mariners open the second half of the season Friday with a slim lead over Houston, and the Astros in town for three huge games.

8 hours ago

MLB robot challenge...

Ronald Blum

MLB could test robot umpire challenge system next spring

Major League Baseball could test the use of robot umpires as part of a challenge system in MLB spring training next year, which could lead to regular-season use in 2026.

13 hours ago

Seattle Mariners bullpen Gregory Santos Cal Raleight...

Brent Stecker

One way the Mariners are in better shape for second half

"I believe our bullpen is getting healthier," Seattle Mariners president of baseball operations Jerry Dipoto explained to Brock and Salk.

14 hours ago

Seattle Mariners Jurrangelo Cijntje...

Zac Hereth

The unique ways Mariners could use ‘unicorn’ switch-pitcher

Rustin Dodd of the Athletic joins Wyman and Bob to discuss the interesting potential of Seattle Mariners first-round pick Jurrangelo Cijntje.

14 hours ago

Seattle Mariners trade deadline Brent Rooker...

Mike Salk

Salk: The bats Mariners could pursue in limited trade market

The state of the standings is holding back the MLB trade market, which could make matters tough for the Seattle Mariners.

1 day ago

Seattle Mariners Dylan Moore Astros 2024...

Brent Stecker

ESPN insider’s view on Mariners and Astros’ trade deadline plans

The Seattle Mariners are looking for bats, but their competition in the AL West is also expected to make moves before the MLB trade deadline.

1 day ago

Seattle Mariners stay hot in snow, shut down Rockies 7-0