The ‘Stros just love Safeco FIeld (6-3 here last season, whereas the M’s were 7-3 at MinuteMaid)
The Mariners not so much . . . for the second straight game, the M’s struck out FOURTEEN times
(including 1-2-3 each K’ing THREE times – eeeeeeeek!)
ON THE MOUND
The good news is, Erasmo only gave up THREE hits. The bad news is TWO of them left the park . . .
As many in the twitter-sphere noted, Erasmo seemed to have “Noesi-itis” as he gave up ONE home run in each of the first TWO innings – BOTH on 0-2 pitches. But, to his credit, he settled down quite nicely and retired the last NINE in-a-row . . . SIX innings ~ THREE hits ~ THREE earned runs ~ THREE walks ~ EIGHT strikeouts
} Dominic gave up a homer of his own
) Danny didn’t have it – took him 37 pitches to get THREE outs in the 8th and he gave up ONE run on FOUR hits in the process
} Yourvis made things interesting in the 9th but, came away unscathed (though it was too little too late by that time)
AT THE PLATE
Mr. McHugh had it going on tonight . . . .
in for the injured Feldman, safe to say he’ll get another turn . . . TWELVE of those FOURTEEN K’s belonged to him
~ Justin with a SMOAK BOMB into the visiting bullpen to cut the Stros lead in half at the time
~ Good to see Brad check-in with a ground rule double in the 8th (breaking an 0-15)
IN THE FIELD
Another grounder bobble in CF by Abe (the fly balls, OK, it takes time but, grounders? really no excuse) but defense a bit better overall
tweets of the game . . .