Mariners just downed Astros, climb back to .500
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Mariners just downed Astros, climb back to .500

That is right Seattle Mariner fans, the hometown 9 just took 2 of 3 games in Houston to take possession of 2nd place in the American League West and get back to .500.  Monday’s game saw a thriller in a back and forth game, while Wednesday’s game saw James Paxton dominate as he is so inclined to do.

Jul 17

Houston

W

9 – 7

Jul 18

Houston

L

6 – 2

Jul 19

Houston

W

4 – 1

10 inning heroics

Monday felt like a playoff atmosphere. The M’s struck first with Segura driving in Robbie Cano and the M’s looked to cruise to an easy victory as they went up 5-2 in the 5th. The Astros are 62-31 for a reason as they came storming back to tie the game off a Carlos Betran 378 foot homer.

Nelson Cruz and Mike Zunino would put them M’s back on top but doggone it if the Astros didn’t keep battling. By the 8th it was tied again 7-7. Many Mariner fans were consigned to a defeat, except Kyle Seagar and Danny Valencia that is.  Seager would hit a go ahead homer to deep right while Valencia would dot the “I” with a 431 foot bomb to left center.  The exciting game would prove a joyous momen t in a season full of heartbreak.

Vincent untouchable

Releif pitcher Nick Vincent has been simply amazing as of late. With 15 holds and 3 wins, Nick has been a hidden gem. He came over from San Diego in 2016, but was a bit victimized with 6 blown saves.

This year however, Vincent has been virtually unhittable. Monday, was first run that Nick gave up in 8 games. Vincent has been a solid influence with a 2.04 ERA, with just 9 runs in 42 innings. If Nick can keep up this pace, the M’s have a pretty decent shot of making a run at the wildcard, making this acquisition a sleeper for Jerry Dipto.

Pax Mariners

The Houston Astros have time after time in recent years assaulted the Mariners repeatedly. But the one man the Astros cant solve is Seattle pitcher James Paxton (9-3). Pax gave up just 1 run with 7 strikeouts in the 4-1 win over the Astros. This is his second win over the Astros this year, with a 0.45 ERA and 20 strikeouts against the AL West-leading rivals.

“He’s really good,” Houston manager A.J. Hinch said. “His arm strength is at the top end of left-handed starters in the league … a lot of the story today is just about how good he was. We couldn’t quite break out and have a big inning against him.”

So far, Pax has career highs in wins (9), ERA (3.05, walks / hits per inning (1.14), and batting average against (.222). This is the Pax that the M’s have wanted and needed.

AL West Standings

W

L

Pct

GB

Houston

63

32

.663

0.0

Seattle

48

48

.500

15.5

LA Angels

47

50

.485

17.0

Texas

45

49

.479

17.5

Oakland

43

52

.453

20.0

 

 

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He’s a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.

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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.

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