September 11, 2013 at 6:34 PM
Game thread: Astros 6, Mariners 1, FINAL
The Astros added a run off Hector Noesi in the ninth and take it, 6-1. Put a fork in this Mariners bunch. They look cooked with two-plus weeks to go.
9:05 p.m.: Kendrys Morales hit a solo homer in the bottom of the fourth, getting the Mariners on the board at 5-1. It was the 100th homer of his career. Brandon Maurer was done after the third inning, replaced by Bobby Lafromboise.
8:22 p.m.: The roof has completely caved in on this Mariners season. Brandon Maurer gave up a pair of runs in the second inning and three more in the third and now trails 5-0. The Mariners are imploding and still have the really tough part of this month’s schedule ahead in St. Louis and Detroit.
7:02 p.m.: There has been one sweep recorded all year by the awful Houston Astros, and that came back on May 31-June 3 when they took four straight from the Los Angeles Angels. They are talking about firing folks in Anaheim these days and the Astros’ series certainly helped set those wheels in motion.
Here in Seattle? Games like last night’s certainly do not help managers or general managers stay employed. The Mariners called a needed players’ only meeting after the game to remind themselves that the season isn’t over yet. We’ve still got 2 1/2 weeks to go. The players owe the fans — those still showing up to games — their full effort and attention.
As Eric Wedge said pregame tonight, it’s easy to get lulled into a pattern of repetitiveness this time of year. Players are tired and discouraged. Everybody wants this to be over. But you still have to execute and get the job done. Wedge isn’t worried about the effort. It’s about having that effort be productive.
And when you get destroyed on your home field by a team that’s 49-96, it’s time to regroup. The Astros have won just about one sixth of their games against the Mariners exclusively this season. Tonight, as I said, they’ll try to sweep Brandon Maurer and company.