I’m spending the long weekend in Maui, so I couldn’t care less about what’s going on with the Mariners right now. That being said, I’m pretty delighted with how this Astros series went, and with how the road trip went as a whole.
The 7-4 victory on Monday was as fun as it gets. Robbie Ray pitched like mediocre dog shit once again (5 innings, 4 runs, 3 earned). But, the offense showed up and matched them run for run through three innings, and even set up Ray for the victory when it was said and done.
Cal Raleigh was the real star in this one, jacking a 3-run home run in the second, then following that up with an RBI single in the fourth.
This game got interesting later on, as the bullpen managed to shut them down (with Penn Murfee getting 5 outs to bridge it to the later innings). Ty France was hit by a pitch in the ninth, damn near leading to a brawl as both teams jawed at one another. Once the dust settled, Julio Rodriguez muscled a 2-run homer to right field to put the game out of reach. Following that, the pitcher threw at Eugenio Suarez’s head, earning himself an ejection and a 4-game suspension.
Tuesday’s 4-1 loss really wasn’t interesting in the slightest. Justin Verlander dominated (7 innings, 1 run, 12 strikeouts) and while Chris Flexen was very good (6.2 innings, 2 runs), the offense just didn’t have it, and the D-squad bullpen couldn’t keep it close.
The rubber match 6-3 victory on Wednesday was entertaining as all get-out. Logan Gilbert was a rock in an otherwise shaky outing for him (6 innings, 3 runs). But the offense did more than enough. Cal Raleigh had a 2-run bomb to tie it in the 4th, Ty France had a solo homer the very same inning to take the lead for good, and we played add-on from there.
The Mariners are still 10 games out of first in the division, and in 4th in the A.L. West overall. But, a 6-3 road trip is nothing to sneeze at. We get an off-day tomorrow, then go up against the Red Sox this weekend. Shrug emoji!