Mariners beat Astros 5-4, but sent five players to the doctor’s office

Game Advisory: Status Change – In Progress

The Mariners scored three runs in the first inning tonight, but not with out placing their our bodies on the line. It started, after all, with a Ty France hit by a pitch, as is custom.

Kyle Lewis then bought on behind France, and so they each managed to rating runs, but given the state of their knees, I’m utilizing the phrase “run” loosely. With the rating already 2-0, Framber let one other one get away from him.

Adam Frazier drove in the Mariners third run of the inning, which raised Valdez’s ERA towards the Mariners by 0.56 in a single inning.

Defensive Substitution: Jesse Winker replaces left fielder Dylan Moore, batting sixth, taking part in left subject

Having put his physique on the line, we assumed it was a toe harm that triggered Jesse Winker to substitute Dylan Moore. Midway via the recreation, we would be taught that the utilityman/thirst-trap-setter was truly taken out for again spasms. According to Ryan Divish, DMo’s been coping with these spasms for a couple of days, and “it locked up on him.” This does not sound tremendous critical, but he’s probably unavailable tomorrow.

Unfortunately, as eventful as that first inning was, Valdez cruised via the Mariners lineup over the subsequent six innings, getting his curveball beneath management and complementing it together with his sinker that will get extra runs than any two-seamer this facet of George Kirby. I’m giving a particular commendation to JP Crawford although, for getting considered one of the two extra hits that Valdez would quit, each beating the shift and making Alex Bregman eat it with the similar swing.

Astros with their faces in the filth. Things we love to see.

Pitching Change: Matthew Festa replaces Chris Flexen

With the Mariners having acquired Luis Castillo—wait, did you hear the Mariners acquired Luis Castillo? Because the Mariners acquired Luis Castillo—Seattle’s now bought six legit starters, and whereas I’m certain they’re going to all get some work down the stretch, Chris Flexen is considered one of the guys at the largest danger of shedding taking part in time.

Looking at Flexen’s peripherals, you would possibly assume he blew it tonight, with only one strikeout tonight towards 4 walks, and a mere 16 CSW%. But Flexen’s by no means made his cash on his peripherals. He’s a contact supervisor, and whereas the Astros hit the ball arduous eight occasions in Flexen’s six and a 3rd, these balls discovered gloves as a rule, and Flexen escaped having given up simply two runs. Was it sufficient for him to hold a lock on his rotation spot? From my seat, I’d say his efficiency tonight did not transfer the needle both means.

But if good positioning bailed out Flexen for many of the evening, considered one of Flexen’s runs will be partially charged to Sam Haggerty. In a nod to his Italian heritage, Haggerty turned his arm right into a noodle on a run-scoring play. Haggerty’s not that removed from his pure place of second base when he makes this throw.

So can also considered one of Matt Festa’s two earned runs be charged to Haggerty, with Altuve exacting revenge for his five baserunning boners from the final time Seattle was on the town by entering into scoring place on a fielding boner from Haggerty.

Game Advisory: Injury Delay

So the rating sat at 4-3 Houston coming into the high of the eighth. And for those who’ve heard something about this recreation earlier than coming to this recap, it is in all probability this:

At first, Julio stayed in the recreation, taking part in middle subject in the backside of the inning, maybe in an effort to forestall an inevitable meltdown amongst Mariner fandom. Good luck with that although, Scott, as a result of at the least this fan is FREAKING THE HELL OUT.

After the recreation, Julio bought X-Rays but didn’t communicate to the media. We know he felt effectively sufficient to play protection and was in the celebratory high-five line, but that is not actual data. We’ll have helpful data tomorrow. What extra can I say—everyone knows what Julio means to this staff.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Carlos Santana replaces Kyle Lewis

We bought a second Gameday notification in the eighth after Kyle Lewis reached first base with two outs. Having in all probability reached the finish of his evening at the plate, Scott apparently did not need to danger Lewis operating the bases. Perhaps hoping to attraction to the Chaos Lords, Scott made the weirdest selection doable and referred to as upon Carlos Santana, he of the fifteenth percentile dash velocity, to make his first pinch-running look in his 1,731-game profession. Sure, Scott. Tragically, a JP Crawford floor out ended the inning earlier than something bought too chaotic.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Cal Raleigh replaces Luis Torrens

But come the ninth inning, issues bought wild. Jesse Winker, who you will recall was in the recreation for an injured Dylan Moore, began the inning with a four-pitch stroll. Adam Frazier adopted that up with a line drive proper off the high of Altuve’s glove to put runners on first and second with no one out. Sam Haggerty then continued his horrible, horrible, no good, very dangerous day by failing to get the bunt down in any of his three makes an attempt, main to a strikeout.

Then Cal Raleigh, unable to get one goddamn minute to himself, was pressed into responsibility but once more. In an obvious act of passive resistance, he stored the at-bat as quick as doable, placing the first pitch he noticed into play for a floor out that moved the runners up. I #StandWithCal and his work stoppage.

Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Abraham Toro replaces Julio Rodriguez

That introduced up Julio’s spot in the lineup, but Julio didn’t come again up to bat, which is when the collective freakout actually started in earnest. Of course, a part of the freakout was that the substitute was Abraham Toro. I used to be amongst the doubters, but I ought to have identified higher. While he is bought a profession slash line of .206/.280/.347, when Toro faces his former staff, he is slashing .277/.351/.538. Abraham Toro, Our Begrudging. So it was no surprise that he did this:

Defensive Switch: Abraham Toro stays in the recreation as the proper fielder
Defensive Switch from first base to second base for Ty France
Defensive Switch: Carlos Santana stays in the recreation as the first baseman
Defensive Switch from second base to middle subject for Adam Frazier
Defensive Switch: Cal Raleigh stays in the recreation as the catcher
Pitching Change: Paul Sewald replaces Erik Swanson, batting eighth, changing proper fielder Sam Haggerty

This is what an empty bench seems like. Why would Servais put Sewald in the lineup and give up the DH in case this went to extras?

Did I point out that Haggerty was having a “horrible, horrible, no good, very dangerous day”? I do not imply to choose on poor Haggerty, but calling it like I see it, the ham was decidedly swagless tonight. Let’s hope he heals rapidly and will get again to knocking balls round the park and terrorizing opposing defenses on the basepaths. But his absence left the Mariners with this 2019-esque defensive alignment.

Go determine that Sewald solely confronted three batters: a line drive to Frazier, a popup to JP, and a grounder to France, all of which had been dealt with with ease and beauty. So tonight’s Sun Hat Award goes to Sewald for securing the save whereas going through the high of Houston’s lineup with no margin for error lest the Mariners have to bat once more. Making this look straightforward? That’s placing order the place chaos must be, and for as soon as, I used to be right here for it.

To take inventory, the Mariners bought their first ever win towards Houston (do not reality verify that), and so they did so in cathartic vogue, with a ninth-inning lead change. And mixed with losses from Cleveland and Baltimore, the Mariners gained a recreation of floor in the Wild Card race. But at what price? After this recreation the Mariners infirmary is out of beds. In order of obvious seriousness:

  • Julio (wrist)
  • DMo (again)
  • Haggerty (brow, dignity)
  • Kyle (knee—not newly aggravated, but you realize, generally)
  • Cal (exhaustion (presumably))

Until we get extra information, all we are able to do is want all of them a speedy restoration.

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