Well if the Seattle Mariners‘ series against the Houston Astros wasn’t disappointing, I don’t know what is. Playing host to the last-place Astros in what was the conclusion of their second-to-last home series of the year, the Mariners dropped three games in disgusting fashion, all but sending the rest of those fans who were still tuned into the club away.
And while this may be deserved — at least to some extent — it is a shame not more viewers will be invested in watching some of the young talent at the end of the year.
Pitchers Taijuan Walker and James Paxton will show fans why they are so highly regarded and players like Abraham Almonte will continue to impress fans and perhaps give hope for years to come. But, as mentioned just above, this year will not be the year. Seattle’s series against the Astros was the final signal that the Mariners have once again regressed after giving fans some promise with a hot July.
Here’s a quick recap of what went down if you missed any of the action.
September 09, 2013 – 4-6 Loss
The stage was set for Taijuan Walker to impress fans against the Astros on Monday, and while he still did, the game finished on a down note as Houston managed to rally for four runs in the ninth off Danny Farquhar who had previously done quite well as a closer.
Seattle got on the board early with a run in the first but Houston countered with 1 in the second and third and held their lead until the 7th, when Almonte launched his first home run of his career with a runner on to put the Mariners up by one. Just two innings later Houston struck for for and despite a Brad Miller home run in the ninth the M’s couldn’t stage a comeback.
A rather disappointing loss for a game that had such promise after the seventh.
September 10, 2013 – 2-13 Loss
This game was so ugly there’s no point in really recapping it. All that needs to really be known is that the Astros managed to push runs across in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 7th, 8th, and 9th innings, a disgusting number.
Seattle pitchers gave up 17 hits in the game and there was just no drive to get anything going on Tuesday.
September 11, 2013 – 1-6 Loss
On one of the more somber days of the year the Mariners ended up falling behind early while not being able to generate enough offense to get back into the game.
Brandon Maurer came back to the starting rotation for this one and did not look in form at all, as he pitched just three innings and gave up seven hits and five runs in his brief stint on the hill. Though Maurer faced a rough day on the mound, the other relievers managed to hold the Astros to just one run throughout the game but the offense just couldn’t get anything going offensively. Kendrys Morales was the only player to really get anything started, launching his 21st home run of the year and 100th of his career.
Seattle’s series against Houston was disheartening. It drove fans away and likely turned many off from watching some of the organizations’ top prospects in the waning weeks.
The Mariners will now look to get back on the winning streak as they trip to St. Louis for a three-game series against the Cardinals.