Mariners Game Recap: Beard Hats the Lone Highlight on Friday Night

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Apr 17, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners pitcher J.A. Happ (33) throws out a pitch during the first inning during a game against the Texas Rangers at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports

J.A. Happ Pitches Well in Loss

J.A. Happ pitched admirably for the M’s on Friday night in his Safeco Field Mariners debut. Happ held the Rangers to 2 runs on 5 hits across 7 innings pitched. The veteran southpaw tallied 3 strikeouts, and walked 2 Rangers. If Happ had received any run support from his teammates this could easily have been his first win in a Mariners’ uniform.

Happ has been a rare pleasant surprise for the M’s thus far in 2015. After struggling mightily in spring training, Happ has contributed a pair of quality starts to open the season. He appears to be an ideal no.5 starter for Seattle. Happ has been getting the job done despite not being overly flashy on the mound.

The 32-year-old will get the ball next against the Houston Astros next Wednesday at Safeco Field. If tonight’s start is any indication, he should flourish at the Safe in 2015.

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