Game 4: Mariners 4, Astros 2

It’s the hair, I’m telling you.

Jarrod Dyson drove in Taylor Motter for the go-ahead run and the M’s have their first win of the season. The offense finally caught up with the stellar pitching, with barely any time to spare, scoring two runs in the top of the ninth to pull away from the Astros and avoid the sweep.

Ariel Miranda Contributes

 I admit I was disappointed when I heard Smyly would be out for a while, especially after the solid outings we saw from him in the Spring, but seeing Miranda’s performance today provided a bit of reassurance. He struggled with control at times, allowing two home runs and walking three, but overall he was able to keep the ‘Stros at bat. He got bailed out in the bottom of the fifth when Altuve slipped coming out of the box, allowing the M’s to not only force the runner out at the plate, but to catch Altuve at first. It was a stellar play by Ruiz and it ended up making a huge difference in the end.

Segura Does Segura Things

 Segura means “safe” or “sure” in Spanish (i.e. cosa segura = sure thing), and Jean is definitely a safe bet for Mariners fans at the plate. He recorded two hits in today’s game, including a single to drive in Guillermo Heredia to lock up the 4-2 lead in the ninth. He’s recorded three RBIs in a series where offense was sparse, and shown just how he lead the NL in hits last season. I’m a bit fan.

Mitch Haniger has been great, as well. He hit an absolute yak to left field for his first homer of the season, drew a walk, and provided great defense, doubling up former Mariner Nori Aoki at first after a little Robinson Canó trickery on a fly ball. I like Haniger, especially batting second in the lineup.

Edwin Diaz struck out Aoki to record his first save of the season, hopefully the first of many, and Dan Altavilla was credited with the win.

 

 

The Mariners now head to Los Angeles for a three-game series with Mike Trout and the Angels before heading to Seattle for their home opener on the 10th. Yovani Gallardo gets the start.