Some takeaways from Gonzales, King Felix, and Big Maple

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King Felix and Big Maple carry Mariners to a series win over the Royals

The weather was cold, but the pitching was hot as Felix Hernandez and James Paxton each picked up a win as the Seattle Mariners won 2 of 3 against the Royals. The series ends a brutal road trip that saw the Mariners travel 5,200 miles, in 7 days, and subjected to the bitter cold of a winter that refuses to end.

 Royals shell Marco Gonzales

The Mariners lost game 1 by a score of 10-0. Absolutely nothing worked well. KC’s pitcher Jakob Junis almost threw a no hitter until Daniel Vogelbach broke it up in the 7th with a hit. That was the only bright side to a game that featured Marco Gonzales getting pulled in the 2nd inning for giving up 4 runs and a game finished off by utility infielder Taylor Motter pitching the 8th inning.

The less the said about this game, the better

The King is greater than the Royals

Felix Hernandez continued his Jeckel and Hyde imitation as he would rebound from a disastrous start in San Francisco with a 3 run, 6 hit, 5 2/3 inning performance. The Mariners would crawl back to .500 on a 8-3 win over KC.

“He was attacking the strike zone, and we talked about getting his curveball going and he really did,” Mariner’s manager Scott Servais said. “Much more in control tonight and had good results.”

The King had one slip up as Mike Moustakas would send a hanging pitch into the drink. His homer would launch like a missle meeting it’s maker in the historic fountains in Kansas City’s outfield. But with a strong bullpen that includes James Pazos and Edwin Diaz, the game was under control.

Of note, catcher Mike Marjama had a double in the 4th inning–that is his 6th career hit, 5 of which have been for extra bases.

Royals can blame Canada

James Paxton when healthy is a bonifide star in this league. On Wednesday, and the Royals would learn that lesson in a 4-2 loss. The game was tied until the 8th when Kyle Seager launched the go-ahead homer with 2 outs.

Big Maple himself struck out 10 in just 6 innings to bully the Royals into submission. Nick Vincent, collected the win as the M’s were tied untill the 8th, but Nick posted a perfect 7th to keep the M’s in the game. Juan Nicasio started off strong by retiring 3 in a row, before Edwin Diaz came in with his flame thrower to finish the game.

“I thought we played really good baseball, and getting these wins the past two games really sets the pace for us going home,”

Of note, Dee Gordon extended his 16 game hitting streak (going back to last season) and Wednesday’s homer would be Seager’s 4 in the 8th inning or later going back to last season.

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