The Seattle Mariners are still in the hunt to get a spot in the playoffs as a wild card though the chances are still against them. The final road game of the season the Mariners needed badly to stay in contention was won by them in a large margin though not as easy as the 12-4 score looks over the Houston Astros.
The Mariners got off on the right foot in the first inning when Robinson Cano hit his thirty-sixth game of the season on Wednesday after hitting two of them on Tuesday night. Aoki and Seth Smith were both on base when Cano hit his home run to make it 3-0. The Mariners scored three more in the second and another in the third before Springer hit a home run to make it 7-1. In the fifth inning James Paxton last of the night he gave up two more runs to make it 7-3. Nick Vincent replaced Paxton in the sixth inning however he could not get anyone out and gave up a home run to catcher Gattis to make it an interesting game 7-4. He allowed two more runners to get on base by the Astros still with no one out. He was replaced by Evan Scribner who held the Astros in bay and got throw the sixth without giving up a hit. Scribner pitched the seventh inning as well after Leonys Martin and Mike Zunino each drove in a run at the top of the seventh to make it 9-4. He was followed by Wilhelmsen who gave up one hit on eleven pitches in the eighth inning and Altavilla who finished the Astros off in the ninth with no hits on seven pitches. Kyle Seager finished the scoring off in the eighth with a three run homer to make the final score 12-4.
After having a terrible time trying to beat the Astros all season the Mariners beat them two out of three games in Houston. The Astros won the Tuesday night’s game 8-4 in a game the Mariners originally had a 4-2 lead when they had defensive problems and let the game get out of hand. Hopefully it is not the game that put the Mariners in the grave not making the playoffs.
The Mariners start a four game series Thursday night against the Oakland A’s to finish off the regular season in Seattle. The Mariners who have handled the A’s pretty well all season including two sweeps in Oakland can hopefully do the same to end it. The Mariners will need to continue having good starting pitching, help from the bullpen and the offense scoring enough runs. The most important thing though is that they have good defense throughout the series. All though they have played some good defense it also has cost them a few games over the season as well like on Tuesday night. Although the A’s are not a good team it will still be best that the Mariners play their A game in all four games. Wednesday was James Paxton last start of the regular season however he is getting prepared as though he will pitch if the Mariners make it into the playoffs. Felix Hernandez will need to be back in his old form on Sunday especially if the Mariners win these first three games. The Mariners may not know whether they make the playoffs until after Sunday’s game. This will depend on the Baltimore Orioles and Detroit Tigers who are both ahead of the Mariners for the second wild card spot. The Toronto Blue Jays pretty well have the first wild card spot in hand. Go M’s.