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It is my pleasure to state that the Seattle Mariners are still leading the American League West. Having taken a split with the Houston Astros, the Mariners are now having their 3rd strongest start in team history. With a 38-23 record on June 7th, the M’s stay a full game ahead of the defending World Champions.
Jun 5 @ Houston W 7 – 1
It wasn’t James Paxton’s strongest effort; however, the Big Maple surrendered just 1 run over 7 and 2/3rd innings. He allowed 9 hits but came thru in the clutch to shut down the hometown Astros. Pax was helped immensely by a 4-run outburst in the 1st inning against Starting pitcher Dallas Kuechel.
Mitch Haniger, Kyle Seagar, Mike Zunino, and Jean Segura would all go yard in this game to take down the much-heralded competitors.
“Every series against in-division teams is big but really every game is really important,” Paxton said. “But especially these guys being at the top of the division with them right now, every game puts us ahead of them so they’re important to win.”
Just the thing to go with that first cup of ☕—Mike Z goin' glass.
— Mariners (@Mariners) June 6, 2018
Jun 6 @ Houston L 7 – 5
Reliever Juan Nicasio had another hiccup as he would lose the game allowing 3 (of 4) Houston runs in the 7th inning. The M’s had been battling all game long as Nelson Cruz would have a home run and an RBI single to pull the M’s close. New to the Seattle squad, Denard Span would launch his 6th homer of the season and the 1st as a member of the True to the Blue.
Just the stats ma’am
- Mariners are now 14-4 in last 18 games
- Ranked #6 in the MLB in team batting average at .257
- 4th in the MLB in stolen bases (43)
- The M’s are making contact as they rank #3 in fewest strikeouts
- #6 in the MLB with fewest errors (28) and fielding percentage (.986)
- #1 in saves (22)
SSU player of the series
Jean Segura was on fire this series. He would accumulate 5 hits on 9 at bats, including a homer. Segura would play a strong short stop position, show some wheels with a stolen base, and score 2 runs while driving in 2 more.