What a clunker, eh? I know last night I mentioned it just wasn't their night. Well tonight wasn't so hot either. After scoring so many runs against them last week, and struggling to score runs this week, it's almost as if Seattle somehow found out a bunch of secret info about our team and are using it against us now.
Dallas Keuchel was not the pitcher we have grown accustomed to this (and last) season. After being given a 2-0 lead on solo homers by Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena in the top of the second, Keuchel gave them both back in the bottom of the inning. He started off with a walk and a single, but then got two weak ground balls and looked as if he was going to get out of the inning with no damage. He walked the next batter to load the bases, then walked the next two batters to bring in the first two M's runs.They would add on three more runs off of Keuchel on three long balls in the 3rd, 5th and 6th innings by Nelson Cruz, Seth Smith, and Mark Trumbo (his first since being traded) respectively. Seattle was up 5-2 when Keuchel exited the game after six innings.
The Astros had their chances to come back but couldn't break through when they had those chances. With two runners on and one out in the seventh inning, Marwin Gonzalez RBI single made the score 5-3. They were unable to get any more runs as a broken-bat groundout and a check swing groundout ended the threat. WIth one out in the eighth inning Preston Tucker and Gattis singled, but that rally ended with two quick K's. The Mariners added on a run off of the bullpen in the seventh as Tony Sipp gave up a walk, a wild pitch and an RBI single. Josh Fields and Chad Qualls gave up no runs in their appearances tonight.
The Astros will try to salvage a game in this series tomorrow afternoon, sending Vince Velasquez to the mound against former Astros pitcher J.A. Happ.
*May not all be fun
Before tonight the most walks Keuchel had given up in a game this season was three. He walked four in the second inning tonight.
The Astros lost their second game this season in which they hit multiple home runs. The first was last night.
George Springer extended his hitting streak to 13 games.
Hinch was thrown out of the game arguing a fan interference call after the top of the 6th inning.
Tweets of the Night
Hinch talking about the fan interference call
Hinch: "I’m not sure why we wouldn’t instruct all our home fans just to get in the way and make it an automatic out."— Brian McTaggart ⚾️ (@brianmctaggart) June 21, 2015
If you didn't watch the game, you missed this...
This amazing leaping grab by @TeamCJCorrea is today’s #HTownMoment pres. by @ATT: http://t.co/vWUXM8IJL7 pic.twitter.com/Txh62tvzAQ— #VoteAltuve (@astros) June 21, 2015
I think a lot of us feel this way...
This streaky play is going to put me in the hospital.— Dustin DeBerry (@dkdeberry) June 21, 2015