When arriving at this series, the Mariners of Seattle in equipment reached 169 wRC +. Just by perspective, that's 69% better than the league average, and 43 points more than the 1927 New York Yankees. They were leading the league in almost all significant batting statistics.
Then they had to face Justin Verlander and Gerrit Cole.
The night before, Justin Verlander stopped these former West Coast Bombers from the city that Boeing built for a run and two hits with 11 strikeouts. Today, No. 2 in the Astros 1-2 knockout, Gerrit Cole, kept the Seattle Boys at a similar level of ineptitude: two runs and four hits with 11 strikeouts. Neither of the two pitchers walked a hitter. The Astros bullpen threw three scoreless innings in both games to seal the victories, Roberto Osuna saved all three games in the Mariners' sweep in this series.
Here are some looks of Cole's things today.
Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna are heading to the game of the Stars? Among them they have launched 13 tickets and have allowed only one race.
It would have been even more unpleasant for the Mariners this weekend if it were not for the Astros' killer Mitch Haniger. Last year, Haniger punished the Astros with a 144 wRC +. In this series he had a 5-13 record, with two homers and two doubles, including his homerun against Cole today. In the third, he doubled up against Cole, and scored the only run for other Mariners after a double by Domingo Santana.
The Astros hitters found it a bit hard to face Mariners starter Marco Gonzales, who kept the balance of the Astros hitters much of the day, keeping them in two runs in 5.1 innings. The Astros' first race came in sixth place after the singles of Tony Kemp, Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman, followed by the two-race single driven by the new Astro Michael Brantley, who chased Gonzales and tied the game to 2.
In the seventh inning, another new Astro, Aledmys Diaz, whom many fans wanted to opt out after his first rocky week of the season, hit the winner of the game, a homer with just one line drive on the wall in left field. Since the start of the season 0-9, Diaz has managed 5-14 with two crucial homers in tight games.
Hector Rondon, Ryan Pressly and Roberto Osuna threw perfect seventh, eighth and ninth innings respectively, and Osuna finished the game in a strikeout against Daniel Vogelbach with a 3-2 score.
The Mariners now lead the Astros for first place in the American League West in just one game after starting the series four games. The two teams are even in the losing column.
The Astros will leave tomorrow (Monday) and resume the game for a two-game series with the Athletics in Oakland on Tuesday.
Go Stros. The hottest team in baseball.
Scorecard and videos HERE.
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