Recent success wasted as Mariners swept by Astros

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The Seattle Mariners were dominated by the Houston Astros yet again. The Astros now have a 9-1 record on the season against our True to the Blue who now wallow in the cellar at a miserable 37-51 record. In a weekend, where we wish any semblance of hope could be found, the best we got was a couple of close games.

A couple of close games and Daniel Vogelbach being selected to the All-Star game. With 28 homers and 48 RBI, the 26 year old showed his slugging capability throughout the season and proved he belongs on the MLB roster after a difficult 2018 season that saw himself relegated to the minors 5 times.

“Being an All-Star was never really something in the back of my mind in those times,” Vogelbach said Sunday. “Just trying to get an opportunity to play was No. 1. I want to prove them (Mariners) right for giving me the opportunity.”

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Vogelbach beats out Domingo Santana who has an MLB leading 62 RBI and 18 homers, and hopefully Santana finds his way to the All-Star game due to injury.

Jun 28   @           Houston              L              2 – 1

The series started off with a gut punch with a 10th inning walk-off homer by the Astros 3rd baseman Yuli Gurriel. The Mariners were betrayed by both their bats and their bullpen. Homers off of Matt Festa and Anthony Bass gave up the game.  The bats went cold as the team managed just 5 hits on 34 at bats, leaving 8 men on base, and going a miserable 0-6 with men in scoring position. Austin Nola had the sole bright spot with a solo dinger off of former Mariner Wade Miley.

Jun 29   @           Houston              L              6 – 5

What is more frustrating than Yuli Gurriel getting one game winning home run? Well that would be Gurriel hitting another game winning hit to send the Ms to defeat. In the 10th inning again, Gurriel came up big with a game winning RBI double off of Roenis Elias.

“Roenis tried to get a change-up, just left it up,” he said. “Gurriel is a professional hitter, really good in those spots.” –Mariners manager Scott Servais

The M’s offense came armed with homers by Santana, Vogelbach, and Tim Beckham but it wouldn’t be enough. The M’s jumped on a poor effort by Justin Verlander only to be shut down by the incredibly strong Houston bullpen.

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Jun 30   @           Houston              L              6 – 1

Gerrit Cole outperformed Marco Gonzales as the M’s took a loss. Gonzales managed 5 innings and allowed just 3 earned runs. But that would not be enough as Cole dominated the Mariner batters.

The Mariners struck out 10 times and aside from a JP Crawford homer, couldn’t manufacture any runs. the M’s went 0-2 with runners in scoring position and left 5 runners on base. The M’s are still quite good and hitting homers, but this game proved yet again, moving runners along and clutch hitting are a failure of this team.

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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.