Game 8: Mariners 6, Astros 0

Everyone’s making a fuss about this crickets they’re serving at Safeco. As one who has tried these same seasoned and cooked crickets straight from Oaxaca, here is my review: salty. That is all. Also, the Mariners won and that’s a much bigger deal than some salty crickets.

Paxton Shines Despite Maple Leaf Tattoo

 For those who weren’t aware, James Paxton hails from our neighbors to the north. North Montanans have an unjustifiably high amount of national pride, and it appears Paxton is no exception, with a large maple leaf tattoo on his forearm. Despite this questionable choice of placement and show of patriotism, he was lights out today in the M’s home opener.

He went seven innings, allowing only four hits and striking out eight and allowing zero runs. Of his performance, Paxton said: “I feel really confident in what I’m doing and focusing on the process of what I need to do out there … and so far getting the good results we need.” Paxton is looking like exactly what the M’s have wanted to see from him over the last few long seasons of time in the minors and fighting through injuries.

Offense Comes Through Again

 Yesterday’s ninth inning was one of the most shockingly awful things I’ve witnessed, and I’ve seen Mac and Me. The silver lining was that the catastrophe was limited to Casey Fein and Edwin Diaz, and the offense was stellar. That offense carried over into today. While the bats were quiet on both sides through the first four innings today, Nelson Cruz finally broke the deadlock with a two-run single in the fifth, driving in Motter and Haniger. The M’s totaled four doubles on the day between Canó, Dyson, Haniger, and Seager. I can’t say enough about Haniger, and neither can the coaching staff. His consistency and presence on the basepaths has paid dividends, and it’ll lead to more wins as the season goes on.

Segura Leaves Early with Hamstring Injury

 No Mariners season would be complete without a crucial player getting hurt, but hopefully my mentioning it will force the universe to spite me for the better and turn out with a full and healthy roster.

Segura left the game after injuring his hamstring, but all accounts say it’s not too serious. Scott Servais told MLB.com’s Greg Johns “”We’ll have a better idea tomorrow when he comes in, but it’s very mild,” Servais said after the game. “Fingers crossed that he’ll be OK either tomorrow or the next day.” So, breathe a sigh of relief, and a sigh of appreciation knowing that TAYLOR MOTTER’S HAIR will be in the lineup for a few days.

 

The M’s move to game two of the series tomorrow, Ariel Miranda gets the start.