Mariners Game Three: Astros 5, Mariners 3

Poor Chase de Jong.

In his MLB debut, he ends up with the loss after a George Springer walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the 13th, and a ridiculous early season stat of a 40.50 ERA. Obviously, those numbers go down as the season goes along, but if Overton comes back soon, de Jong runs the risk of recording a crazy ERA in his first MLB season, and that’s not cool.

The Mariners Score Runs

 Holy crap, everyone, the M’s scored three today! The Astros had shut them down the last two games, but they came to life in some pretty cool ways tonight, despite the loss. Jean Segura came away with the M’s first long ball of the season, a two-run opposite field shot with Leonys Martin on base. Segura has been able to carry over the consistency from his last few Spring games over these first few games of the regular season. It’s amazing to watch.

Kyle Seager drew a bases-loaded walk, his third of the game, in the top of the 13th to bring home Mitch Haniger. The M’s drew eight walks today, perhaps a sign of them recognizing their impatience at the plate over the first two games and adjusting.

In the end, they only managed one run out of a bases-loaded situation. Ryan Divish of the Seattle Times quotes Scott Servais as saying: “We should have added more there, there’s no doubt, we had them on the ropes. They gave us a crack and we should have jumped right through with three or four there.”

Paxton Stellar in First Start

 James Paxton has been a topic of frustration for me over the last few seasons. Last year, he came in near the end of the season and tore it up, and today, he delivered as good of a start as we could ask for. He delivered six shutout innings with five Ks and only two hits allowed. The Tacoma News Tribune’s Bob Dutton quotes him as saying: “I felt great, when Servais came up to me and told me I was done, that I was at 100 pitches, I thought, `Really?’ I felt strong all the way through.”

Two strikeout pitches got past Mike Zunino, resulting in baserunners, but otherwise Paxton was stellar. The starts for the first three games have been excellent on all counts, the offense simply just needs to catch up.

Injury Update

Felix Hernández is all clear to start on Saturday. ESPN reports that he is 100 percent after leaving his first start early with a tight groin. Meanwhile, Drew Smyly will not be throwing for six weeks as he works out his stay on the 60-day DL.

 

Ariel Miranda, who was called up to replace Smyly, gets the start Thursday as Seattle looks to avoid the sweep.