Game Advisory: Status Change – In Progress
The Mariners scored three runs in the first inning tonight, but not with out placing their our bodies on the line. It started, after all, with a Ty France hit by a pitch, as is custom.
Kyle Lewis then received behind France, and so they each managed to rating runs, but given the state of their knees, I’m utilizing the phrase “run” loosely. With the rating already 2-0, Framber let one other one get away from him.
Adam Frazier drove in the Mariners third run of the inning, which raised Valdez’s ERA towards the Mariners by 0.56 in a single inning.
Defensive Substitution: Jesse Winker replaces left fielder Dylan Moore, batting sixth, enjoying left subject
Having put his physique on the line, we assumed it was a toe damage that brought about Jesse Winker to change Dylan Moore. Midway by way of the recreation, we might be taught that the utilityman/thirst-trap-setter was truly taken out for again spasms. According to Ryan Divish, DMo’s been coping with these spasms for just a few days, and “it locked up on him.” This would not sound tremendous critical, but he’s possible unavailable tomorrow.
Unfortunately, as eventful as that first inning was, Valdez cruised by way of the Mariners lineup over the subsequent six innings, getting his curveball below management and complementing it along with his sinker that will get extra runs than any two-seamer this facet of George Kirby. I’m giving a particular commendation to JP Crawford although, for getting one in every of the two extra hits that Valdez would quit, each beating the shift and making Alex Bregman eat it with the identical swing.
Pitching Change: Matthew Festa replaces Chris Flexen
With the Mariners having acquired Luis Castillo—wait, did you hear the Mariners acquired Luis Castillo? Because the Mariners acquired Luis Castillo—Seattle’s now received six professional starters, and whereas I’m certain they will all get some work down the stretch, Chris Flexen is one in every of the guys at the greatest threat of shedding enjoying time.
Looking at Flexen’s peripherals, you may suppose he blew it tonight, with only one strikeout tonight towards 4 walks, and a mere 16 CSW%. But Flexen’s by no means made his cash on his peripherals. He’s a contact supervisor, and whereas the Astros hit the ball arduous eight occasions in Flexen’s six and a 3rd, these balls discovered gloves as a rule, and Flexen escaped having given up simply two runs. Was it sufficient for him to preserve a lock on his rotation spot? From my seat, I’d say his efficiency tonight did not transfer the needle both method.
But if good positioning bailed out Flexen for many of the night time, one in every of Flexen’s runs may be partially charged to Sam Haggerty. In a nod to his Italian heritage, Haggerty turned his arm right into a noodle on a run-scoring play. Haggerty’s not that removed from his pure place of second base when he makes this throw.
So can also one in every of Matt Festa’s two earned runs be charged to Haggerty, with Altuve exacting revenge for his five baserunning boners from the final time Seattle was on the town by stepping into scoring place on a fielding boner from Haggerty.
Game Advisory: Injury Delay
So the rating sat at 4-3 Houston coming into the high of the eighth. And in the event you’ve heard something about this recreation earlier than coming to this recap, it is in all probability this:
At first, Julio stayed in the recreation, enjoying heart subject in the backside of the inning, maybe in an effort to forestall an inevitable meltdown amongst Mariner fandom. Good luck with that although, Scott, as a result of not less than this fan is FREAKING THE HELL OUT.
After the recreation, Julio received X-Rays but didn’t communicate to the media. We know he felt nicely sufficient to play protection and was in the celebratory high-five line, but that is not actual data. We’ll have helpful data tomorrow. What extra can I say—everyone knows what Julio means to this staff.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-runner Carlos Santana replaces Kyle Lewis
We received a second Gameday notification in the eighth after Kyle Lewis reached first base with two outs. Having in all probability reached the finish of his night time at the plate, Scott apparently did not need to threat Lewis working the bases. Perhaps hoping to enchantment to the Chaos Lords, Scott made the weirdest selection attainable and known as upon Carlos Santana, he of the fifteenth percentile dash pace, to make his first pinch-running look in his 1,731-game profession. Sure, Scott. Tragically, a JP Crawford floor out ended the inning earlier than something received too chaotic.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Cal Raleigh replaces Luis Torrens
But come the ninth inning, issues received wild. Jesse Winker, who you will recall was in the recreation for an injured Dylan Moore, started the inning with a four-pitch stroll. Adam Frazier adopted that up with a line drive proper off the high of Altuve’s glove to put runners on first and second with no person out. Sam Haggerty then continued his horrible, horrible, no good, very unhealthy day by failing to get the bunt down in any of his three makes an attempt, main to a strikeout.
Then Cal Raleigh, unable to get one goddamn minute to himself, was pressed into obligation but once more. In an obvious act of passive resistance, he stored the at-bat as brief as attainable, placing the first pitch he noticed into play for a floor out that moved the runners up. I #StandWithCal and his work stoppage.
Offensive Substitution: Pinch-hitter Abraham Toro replaces Julio Rodriguez
That introduced up Julio’s spot in the lineup, but Julio did not come again up to bat, which is when the collective freakout actually started in earnest. Of course, a part of the freakout was that the substitute was Abraham Toro. I used to be amongst the doubters, but I ought to have identified higher. While he is received a profession slash line of .206/.280/.347, when Toro faces his former staff, he is slashing .277/.351/.538. Abraham Thoreau, Our Begrudging. So it was no marvel that he did this:
Defensive Switch: Abraham Toro stays in the recreation as the proper fielder
Defensive Switch from first base to second base for Ty France
Defensive Switch: Carlos Santana stays in the recreation as the first baseman
Defensive Switch from second base to heart subject for Adam Frazier
Defensive Switch: Cal Raleigh stays in the recreation as the catcher
Pitching Change: Paul Sewald replaces Erik Swanson, batting eighth, changing proper fielder Sam Haggerty
This is what an empty bench appears like. Why would Servais put Sewald in the lineup and give up the DH in case this went to extras?
Haggerty leaving with medical doctors with a minimize on his brow. Spiked his helmet after failing to get the bunt down, bounced again and received him.
— Shannon Drayer (@shannondrayer) July 31, 2022
Did I point out that Haggerty was having a “horrible, horrible, no good, very unhealthy day”? I do not imply to decide on poor Haggerty, but calling it like I see it, the ham was decidedly swagless tonight. Let’s hope he heals shortly and will get again to knocking balls round the park and terrorizing opposing defenses on the basepaths. But his absence left the Mariners with this 2019-esque defensive alignment.
Go determine that Sewald solely confronted three batters: a line drive to Frazier, a popup to JP, and a grounder to France, all of which had been dealt with with ease and charm. So tonight’s Sun Hat Award goes to Sewald for securing the save whereas going through the high of Houston’s lineup with no margin for error lest the Mariners have to bat once more. Making this look straightforward? That’s placing order the place chaos must be, and for as soon as, I used to be right here for it.
To take inventory, the Mariners received their first win ever towards Houston (do not truth examine that), and so they did so in cathartic vogue, with a ninth-inning lead change. And mixed with losses from Cleveland and Baltimore, the Mariners gained a recreation of floor in the Wild Card race. But at what price? After this recreation the Mariners infirmary is out of beds. In order of obvious seriousness:
- Julio (wrist)
- DMo (again)
- Haggerty (brow, dignity)
- Kyle (knee—not newly aggravated, but you understand, basically)
- Cal (exhaustion (presumably))
Until we get extra information, all we will do is want all of them a speedy restoration.