Honestly, during the eighth inning my wife walked into the room when Abraham Toro was at bat. I told her that Kendall Graveman was the Astros’ new pitcher acquired from Seattle and the batter Toro was the player the Astros surrendered.
In a morbid mood, I said: “he’s going to hit a grand slam and humiliate his former team.”
There’s not much else to say about this game. Lance McCullers managed to pitch out of trouble and maintain a shutout through five innings. Yimi Garcia and Blake Taylor extended the shutout through seven until in the eighth inning Kendall Graveman allowed a walk, a single, and a hit batter to load the bases for Toro, who hit the eighth pitch deep to right center field.
Yusei Kikuchi went seven scoreless for the Mariners. Both teams got six hits, but the Astros were 0-9 with runners in scoring position, while the Mariners were 1-5.
What a hit it was.
Since joining the Astros Graveman has a 3.75 ERA including tonight, although to be fair, before tonight he had allowed only one earned run as an Astro.
Since joining the Mariners, before tonight, Toro was slashing .303/.376/.429. Including tonight he has four homers as a Mariner and 16 RBI in 133 PAs.
Hate to do this to you Astros fans but this is the only highlight of yesterday’s game. Viewer advisory in effect if you love the Astros.
IT'S TORO TIME pic.twitter.com/QG13d6UCpo— Seattle Mariners (@Mariners) September 1, 2021
Tomorrow is the rubber match in Seattle. Game time 3:10 CDT. Jake Odorizzi goes for the Astros.