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Mariners 5, Astros 2: Springer Extends Hit Streak To 12 Games In Loss

McCullers strikes out six, and after a big week offense takes a day off

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What Happened

This one started out really, really good.  It was the kind of start that fans have become used to over the past week.  George Springer lined the first pitch of the game into the left field stands for a quick lead.  Roenis Elias was on his way to another start like he had against the Astros in Houston last weekend (when he didn't make it out of the fourth inning and gave up eight runs).  Only he wasn't.  He got out of the first inning without allowing any more runs.  Then he did the same thing in the next six innings, only allowing two more hits after the first, both to Marwin Gonzalez (a ground-rule double in the fifth, and a solo homer in the eighth). He ended up striking out ten and walking no one.

Lance McCullers on the other hand had a rough outing, but it wasn't all his fault.  It all started with a pop up that was misplayed, a walk, and an error to load the bases with no outs.  McCullers then walked in a run, and allowed another run on a groundout, but struck out two batters to limit damage.  In the third inning he gave up another run on three singles.  He ended his night one out into the fifth inning after throwing 88 pitches and giving up all 5 runs (although only 3 were earned).

Will Harris finished out the fifth inning allowing one of the inherited runners to score.  Roberto Hernandez finished out the game with three scoreless innings to keep the score manageable, but the bats couldn't get going.

So tomorrow the team looks to start a new winning streak as Dallas Keuchel faces off against Taijuan Walker at Safeco Field.

Fun Facts

This is the first time this season that the Astros have hit multiple home runs...and lost the game.  (27-1)

Springer now has a 12-game hitting streak, and is 23 for 50 during the streak.

Since he was called up, this is the first game Carlos Correa has failed to reach base.

Hernandez has not allowed a run since moving to the bullpen.

Tweets of the Night

I wish he was right...

About 20 tweets saying this after seeing Domingo make a throw from RF to third...