What an awful 4-day weekend! I suppose that’s what happens when you’re deprived of a Felix start, but at this point, I wonder if even the King would’ve made much of a dent.
The Astros didn’t just beat us, they broke our wills. Game 1 on Thursday came with it an opportunity to climb back to .500. We scored 2 in the first, Paxton gave us 7 quality innings, but in the end they took it from us in the 10th thanks to Jose Altuve and his usual bag of Mariners-killing tricks. There isn’t a whole lot to say about this one except for Paxton, again, seemingly righting the ship. Let’s see if it lasts.
On Friday, the Mariners were in an early 3-0 hole. Going into the 9th, it was 4-1 Astros. Cruz and LoMo hit solo homers off of their closer, but it wasn’t meant to be. On the plus side, Elias managed to go 6 innings while giving up only the 3 runs (striking out 8). Also on the plus side, Nelson Cruz is still the best hitter in baseball. Other than that, not a lot of fun.
Saturday was some kind of sick joke. The Mariners managed to hit 4 homers in the game, yet we only scored a grand total of 4 runs. Nice. This was only the second time a Mariners game has been decided by more than 3 runs; coincidently enough, both of those games were blowout losses that Taijuan Walker started. He’s got two pretty good starts and three recklessly horrible starts to his name thus far this season. So, pretty much what we should have expected, even if it’s not what we hoped for.
And, yesterday figured to be the big breakout. Down 6-1 after the fourth inning, the Mariners pulled even after seven. Much like last year’s Kyle Seager game in Safeco, we all kinda hoped the Mariners would complete the comeback and it would set us on a course for better days. Instead, the Astros hit a solo homer in the bottom of the 8th and the Mariners were sunk.
We’re now 10-15 and 8 full games behind the surging Astros, who have won 10 games in a row and 14 of their last 15. At some point, you figure they’ve gotta start losing and we’ve gotta start winning, but I dunno. I really dun-no.