Reaction: Mariners Content to  Take a Split from the Astros

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The Seattle Mariners (18-13)  lost the last of a four game set with the Houston Astros (12-20), but finish a 7 game road trip winning 5 of 7 games. Make no bones about it: a split on the road in the MLB is no small feat especially against the talented (but underachieving) Astros.  The M’s now have the second best record in all the American League and are in 1st place of the American League West.

The four game series saw a back-and-forth affair where the M’s won close games on Thursday and Saturday.  And while it was disappointing to see a blown save in Saturday’s game, it was especially encouraging to see the M’s fight back and failing to surrender in the comeback victory.

Altuve kills the M’s

The M’s have yet to find a way to stop Houston’s 2nd baseman Jose Altuve. Perhaps the best 2nd baseman in all of baseball,  Altuve had 6 hits in 12 at bats.  He also walked twice and scored 5 runs.  To add insult to injury, in Sunday’s loss to Houston, Altuve swiped three bases on the M’s.  The M’s are glad to be moving on to a different team and away from Jose.

Anger management

A strange scene occurred on Saturday night as both Astros manager A.J. Hinch and centerfielder Carlos Gomez were ejected from the game.   In the 8th inning Hinch was ejected for arguing a strike out by Carlos Correa.  Then there was the Gomez ejection, which occurred during commercial break  in the 10th inning. Apparently Gomez had voiced his displeasure with home plate umpire Jeff Nelson earlier in the game, and apparently said something Nelson took issue with.  Gomez was booted from the game and had to be restrained by his team.

SSU Man of the Series

As much as Mariner fans are sick of the Houston 2nd baseman, Astros fans are glad to see one Robinson Cano get out of town too. Cano kills Astros pitching and proceeded to do so this weekend.  Cano clobbered 3 home runs and had an insane 9 hits in 18 at bats.  Robbie almost single-handedly willed Mariners to victory in Saturday’s 3-2 win, 10-inning win over the Astros, homering twice and collecting four hits.

Cano Opp. Score AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB K
May 8 @HOU L 1-5 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 1
May 7 @HOU W 3-2 5 2 4 0 0 2 2 0 0
May 6 @HOU L 3-6 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0
May 5 @HOU W 6-3 5 0 3 1 0 0 4 0 0

 

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