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Justus Sheffield earned his first win of the season Monday against the Dodgers, allowing three runs on four hits over 5.2 innings with six strikeouts and three walks.
Sheffield opened up the game tossing 2.2 innings of no-hit ball before the Dodgers top of the lineup got to him with a two-run home run hit by Corey Seager. Sheffield was able to rebound in the 4th and 5th innings. He looked to get through six innings and came one out away when Zach McKinstry hit an RBI single up the middle. Sheffield departed the game with two runners on, but Will Vest was able to get the final out of the inning.
Justus Sheffield took the no-decision in game one of the Mariners doubleheader Tuesday against Baltimore, allowing two runs (both earned) on three hits over six innings with five strikeouts and two walks.
Rafael Montero blew the save in the seventh inning so Sheffield was not able to earn the win, but it was a tremendous performance for him. He threw just 77 pitches, so some will question why Mariners manager Scott Servais did not have him finish the game. His lone blemish came on a two-run home run hit by Ramon Urias in the fifth inning, but Sheffield was able to bounce back with a 1-2-3 sixth inning.
Justus Sheffield took the loss Monday against the White Sox, allowing six runs (four earned) on eight hits over 5.0 innings pitched with five strikeouts and two walks.
Sheffield struggled with his command early, often falling behind in counts which is always dangerous against this White Sox lineup. The one time he went up 0-2 against a hitter, Sheffield then hung an off-speed pitch up the middle that was crushed by Yasmani Grandal to give the White Sox an early 1-0 lead in the second inning. The White Sox poured in another five runs in the fourth and fifth innings combined, but Sheffield did not get help from his defense including an error by Kyle Seager on what could have been a double play. Sheffield will look to rebound against the Orioles on April 12.
Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Justus Sheffield struggled in his spring training start against Texas Wednesday, going 2.1 innings while allowing six runs on seven hits with three walks.
Sheffield also surrendered two home runs. Texas got to Sheffield right from the start, scoring four runs in the first inning that included a two-run home run hit by Rangers catcher Jose Trevino. Sheffield then surrendered another two-run home run to Texas outfielder Eli White in the second inning. This is a step in the wrong direction for Sheffield who looks to take another step forward this year as part of Seattle's six-man rotation.
Justus Sheffield took a no-decision in Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the A's when he allowed just one run on five hits with two walks and one strikeout over five innings in the Mariners win.
Sheffield didn't rack up many strikeouts in this one but he was able to hold down the powerful Oakland offense to just one run via a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning. The young left-hander had a very encouraging season for the Mariners, registering a 4-3 record, 3.58 ERA, 1.30 WHIP, and a 48:20 K/BB ratio across 55 1/3 innings (10 starts). He's worthy of a mid-to-late round pick in mixed league drafts next season as he looks to make another jump in his career.