Mariners stagnant offense, pitching not enough, fall to 0-2

by Kevin Nesgoda

At an uncharacteristically early game for the Mariners on a Saturday, their lack of offense, poor pitching, and defensive miscues were too much to overcome a talented Houston team.

Taijuan Walker surrendered an early run in the first inning by a single by Michael Brantley who was able to bring Jose Altuve around home. In the fourth, Yuli Gurriel blasted a solo shot, Kyle Tucker hit a double bringing around Carlos Correa who was hit by a pitch, giving the Astros a 3-0 lead.

Walker couldn’t finish the fourth inning and was replaced by Brandon Brennan who surrendered another run.

A bright spot were the Kyles. Seager stayed hot and hit his second double of the season and Lewis went opposite filed with his second blast of the season. JP Crawford added a pair of triples into the offensive mix as well. All in all, the Mariners finished with eight hits.

Pitching is still the soft spot for the Mariners. Walker pitched 3.1 innings giving up five runs. Brennan and Nestor Cortes each pitched 1.1 innings surrendering a run a piece. Newcomers Bryan Shaw and Taylor Williams had an inning a piece of flawless pitching.

The Mariners take on the Astros Sunday at 11:10 AM PST. Yusei Kikuchi will face off against Zach Grienke.

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