Pitching duel, incredible defense, then Mariners walk off in 13th


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Per Alex Mayer from Mariners PR, the combination of Castillo, Muñoz, Sewald, Festa and Brash made the Mariners just the second team in AL/NL history to go 12 scoreless innings with three or fewer hits, and zero for extra bases, and 14-plus strikeouts, joining the 1976 Mets.

1) The pure pitching filth

We haven’t even gotten into the epic duel between Luis Castillo and Gerrit Cole, who threw a combined 15 shutout innings, struck out a combined 15, allowed a combined nine baserunners and didn’t throw a fastball under 95 mph.

A few other gems:

• In the 11th, Adam Frazier made a leaping grab on a line drive by Aaron Hicks and quickly doubled up automatic runner Miguel Andújar just as his feet hit the ground. In both the 11th and 12th, the Mariners recorded three outs when only facing two hitters.

• In the 10th, Sewald caught Benintendi in a rundown between second and third base.

• In the seventh, Cal Raleigh became the first backstop to nab Judge for a caught stealing this season, with an 82.1 mph heave to Frazier that had a 2.01-second pop time, per Statcast.

“When the top-end pitchers get on the mound, it’s like everybody's a little bit on edge,” Servais said. “They know they got to make plays.”

Torrens is likely playing on borrowed time, given that his prolonged struggles this season prompted the Mariners to acquire Curt Casali to be their backup catcher the rest of the way. Casali, recovering from a right oblique strain, is expected to return possibly as soon as their upcoming road trip.