The Seattle Mariners finished strong in their last game of a three-game series with the Houston Astros, defeating them 7-2 on Sunday to earn a series win. Matt Brash’s accuracy was not his best in just his second start of the season as he walked 6 batters, but he did pitch well enough to earn his first major-league win.
The Mariners offense returned to their earlier form in this series following a shutout loss at the hands of Justin Verlander, pounding out 10 hits and driving in 7 runs to help their young starter earn the win.
In their home opener, the Mariners dazzled fans with an offensive explosion, smacking 13 hits and driving in 11 runs to pound the Astros 11-1. Marco Gonzales had his best stuff on Friday, as he quieted Houston’s bats while allowing just one earned run on four hits over 7 innings pitched, while striking out six and walking none. His performance was a solid bounce back after giving up 6 runs (2 of them earned), 2 walks, and 6 hits in just 2 innings against the Twins.
This was a statement series for the Mariners as they outscored the defending AL West champions 18-7, while collecting an important division series win. The offensive stars of the series were Adam Frazier and Ty France, who combined for 12 hits in 25 at-bats and 10 RBIs.
The pitching stars of this series were Matt Brash and Marco Gonzales, who gave up just three earned runs and six hits in 12.1 innings pitched, along with another superb performance from the entire Mariners bullpen who allowed just one earned run in 8.2 innings pitched over the series.
This series win shows the Mariners will be a force to be reckoned with in the AL West this year, and it was sure nice to see the M’s dominate the Astros, a team who has tormented them for years.