Game 11: Mariners 2, Astros 1

Oh, King Felix, how we’ve missed you.

Felix came out and responded to worries about a weak bullpen by all but eliminating the need for one, going 7.1 innings and allowing only one run. Cruz finally belted a home run, and Haniger got robbed but still ended up providing the difference. Excellent, excellent win for the M’s.

Yellow Line = Single?

 Take a look at this RBI “single” by Mitch Haniger:

 

http://m.mlb.com/video/v1287202983/?game_pk=490254

 

Originally ruled a three-run home run, upon review it looks like a yellow line double, but the runners were sent back to first and second. They ruled in the ball in play, and because Heredia tagged up at second, the runners were stopped there. The hit still ended up being the difference maker in a very low-scoring game, so we’ll take it.

Guillermo Heredia got the start in the leadoff spot, and laid down a beautiful bunt which pushed Dyson ahead and set up the go-ahead run. Motter, starting at shortstop as Segura continues his DL stint, added another hit and some solid defense. Knowing that we still have O’Malley and Freeman, amongst others, to bring up from AAA is pretty comforting seeing the level of play we have from guys like Motter.

On last night’s game, Servais said to Greg Johns: “We didn’t get a lot of breaks tonight, but we won the ballgame, that’s a good sign. The guys just kept grinding and fighting and that’s what it’s going to take. We’ve dug ourselves a little bit of a hole. We’ve got enough talent to get ourselves out of it, but it’s got to start right now.”

Bullpen? Ain’t Nobody Got Time for That

 The bullpen has struggled with a 7.71 ERA going into last night’s game, so Felix gave them the night off. Only allowing one run, six hits, and striking out three, Felix was dominant. Rzepczynski (just spelled that without looking it up, you’re welcome) came out to the get the last two outs of the eighth, and Diaz shut the door in the ninth for his second save of the year. It was fun to watch Andrus stare down Diaz and Diaz’s emotion after a strikeout, looks like these guys are on board with Harper’s “Make Baseball Great Again” campaign.

Zych Reactivated

 Reliever Tony Zych is officially off the DL and back with the major league squad, as Dillon Overton was optioned to AAA to make room. According to ESPN, Jean Segura is expected to return immediately after his 10-day DL stint.

James Paxton looks to continue dominating today as the M’s take on the Rangers again. It’s Jackie Robinson day, so all of Major League Baseball will don the number 42.

 

Also, get your taxes done.