The demotion of Guillermo Heredia is temporary, but it was a demotion nonetheless and difficult to justify. He helped the Mariners win a game Saturday night, and Sunday morning he was designated as the odd man out.
Nolan Arenado was initially called safe when he tried to score on a bases-loaded pitch that bounced to the backstop, then was ruled out on a video review that ended a 9-7 win for the Chicago Cubs over the Colorado Rockies.
The Mariners didn't cut Ichiro when pitcher Erasmo Ramirez returned for the disabled list Sunday and instead optioned Guillermo Heredia to Triple-A Tacoma. And fans aren't happy and their disgust is trending on Twitter.
The Mariners scored five runs in the seventh inning behind Jean Segura's game-tying double, Robinson Cano's two-run homer and Mitch Haniger's solo shot before Edwin Diaz closed a shaky ninth inning for his eighth save. All that led to a 9-7 win over the Rangers.
Mariners left-hander Marco Gonzales, a Gonzaga University graduate, allowed no earned runs in 4 2/3 innings with a season-high eight strikeouts in his first career start against the Houston Astros on Thursday at Safeco Field.