== In the land petrochemicals, M’s run out of gas ==
The Mariners didn’t arrive at their Houston hotel until almost 4 a.m. after playing in New York on Thursday night, so it wasn’t perhaps the best night for an 11-inning affair.
As it was, the M’s held the Astros to one solitary extra-base hit (a double), but it was not enough as Houston stitched together 10 singles and 2 Seattle errors to scratch out its five runs.
So with fatigue, the errors and Houston’s .423 BABIP going against them, it was still frustrating to come within inches of a win (Kyle Seager‘s two-run double just missed being a three-run homer) before running out of steam in the 11th.
Felix Hernandez was given an extra day of rest after a few less-than-dominant starts, but it didn’t prevent another one from occurring.
Looking at his Pitch f/x data, it appears that his stuff was there — velocity and movement pretty much normal — but his command was off a hair, and it took him 89 pitches to go 5.0 IP.
But with Luetge and Fernando Rodney the only relievers not used on Friday, that might change.
Pencil vs. Scotch Watch:
Saunders had a single and a walk. Almonte had yet another strikeout and no hits, but he did draw a walk.
Shannon Drayer reports that the team’s veterans called a meeting during the eight-game losing streak in which they instructed the younger players to learn to settle down and not overreact to the losses. The kids were told to “pump the brakes a little.”
Arguably it worked, since the record is much better since.
Of course, Kyle Seager and Robinson Cano heating up played into it as well.
Maybe it helped Brad Miller relax a bit — he has three hits in two games after getting a mental break.
- Erasmo Ramirez — remember? the guy you’ve already written off? — put the clamps on Las Vegas for 5.2 IP (though it took him 102 pitches to get that far). His final line: 5.2 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 3 BB, 8 K.
- Chris Taylor got his 3rd homer of the year, plus a walk.
- Jackson was held to three hits and two walks. Two of the three hits were Ketel Marte singles.
- High Desert got four in the 8th to outrun Visalia, 13-11. Patrick Kivlehan had two doubles and two singles. Tyler Pike struggled (4.2 IP, 5 ER)
- Clinton got a fine performance from the Dutch Master — Lars Huijer, His first handful of appearances were in relief, but his last three have all been starts, which is where he ought to be. Friday: 6.0 IP, 4 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 6 K.