Youthful Mariners thumped by Astros in season opener

by Kevin Nesgoda

Mariners baseball is back! I am genuinely excited. Not for really how this season will play out, but the fact the youngsters on this team are going to get the much needed experience in the Big Leagues before a full season (hopefully) in 2021.

The youthfulness was on full display last night in Houston in front a sold-out crowd of 00,000 fans in attendance. Marco Gonzales was dialed in for the few innings he pitched. He lasted 4.1 innings before being replaced by Zac Grotz, who gave up two hits and two runs which came off a three-run blast by Michael Brantley (one run charged to Gonzales). This ultimately was the turning point where Houston ran away with the game.

Relievers Anthony Misiewicz and Yohan Ramirez made their MLB debut last night. Misiewicz gave up a few hits and a run where Ramirez walked two and struck out two. Ramirez was hitting high-90s on his fast ball throwing opposing hitters off balance.

Both Kyle Lewis and Kyle Seager both had two blasts off Justin Verlander. According to MLB, Lewis’s 438-foot blast is the longest HR give up by Verlander since August of 2017. This was his first at-bat and first swing of the season. If you aren’t excited for this kid, you should be.

And then you have Kyle Seager doing his thing:

The Mariners take on the Astros again today at 1 PM Pacific Time. Comebacker Taijuan Walker is facing Lance McCullers, Jr. Both are making their first starts since 2018 since both had Tommy Johns.

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