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May 2, 2014 at 4:11 PM

Game thread: Mariners at Astros — May 2, 2014

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Here’s the pitching probables ….

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First inning

Mariners go down 1-2-3 against Brad Peacock

Felix gave up a lead-off double to the “baseball elf” Jose Altuve. But Hernandez didn’t let him score. He got Dexter Fowler to ground out to third. And with Altuve on third, he struck out Jason Castro and George Springer to end the inning.

Mariners , Astros 0

Second inning

Smoak drew a two-out walk, but that’s about it.

Felix walked Marc Krauss to start the inning and also walked Matt Dominguez with two outs, but he came back to strike out Jonathan Villar to end the inning. He’s at 41 pitches after two. And he’s clearly a little frustrated with how he’s pitching.

Third inning

So the third inning wasn’t good. Altuve leads off with a bunt hit. Then Fowler hits a ball to Miller’s left that he went to a knee to back-hand but couldn’t come up with. Then Almonte basically just whiffs on Jason Castro’s high fly to center. It looked as though Almonte panicked a little when he got near the hill in center. Felix came back to strike out George Springer, but gave up a RBI single to Marc Krauss. He was able to strike out Jesus Guzman and Alex Presley to end the inning.

Astros 2, Mariners 0

Fourth inning

Brad Miller started the inning off with a single, but Cano flew out and Hart grounded into a 6-4-3 double play.

Felix’s lack of command is evident. He walked No. 9 hitter Jonthan Villar. He came back to get a pair of ground ball outs. He’s at 71 pitches

Astros 2, Mariners 0

Fifth inning

Mariners ties the game on Mike Zunino’s two-run moon shot homer to left field.

Felix can’t hold the lead. He hits Jason Castro to start the inning and Castro later came around to score on Marc Krauss’ single to right. Saunders made a head’s up play, playing the ball off the wall with his barehand and firing to second to get Krauss.

Astros 3, Mariners 2

Sixth inning

Mariners retake the lead. They load the bases and Kyle Seager hits a double off the wall just out of the reach of a mistimed leap by George Springer. Two runs scored. The Mariners should have had more. But Smoak struck out with runners on second and third and one out. Ackley then grounded out to end the inning.

Tom Wilhelmsen made the bottom of the inning a mild adventure, but got out of it without allowing a run.

Mariners 4, Astros 3

Eighth inning

No, I don’t know why McClendon went with Medina over Farquhar to start the inning. Medina as he often does, gave up a one-out base runner and that runner eventually came around to score.

We’ve asked about the roles under Rodney often, specifically Farquhar. McClendon continues to say that the parts are interchangeable. That answer may not be satisfying to most. But it’s what he’s been sticking with.

Mariners 4, Astros 4

Tenth inning

Farquhar works a second scoreless inning.



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