Mariners smack four homers, but come up short in Houston

7/6 at HOU by TOM HAYDEN


The Mariners were unfortunately on the losing end of what was a really well played game on Wednesday night in Houston, the final score was 9-8 Astros. Offensively, Seattle's runs came in bunches. The M's put up 4 runs in the fourth inning, 3 in the seventh and 1 in the ninth. On the mound, LHP Wade LeBlanc had a rocky start after coming off of 2 previous good starts for the M's. With the loss, the Mariners have fallen to 1 game above .500, with a W-L record of 43-42 so far on the season. We've seen this team bounce back from disappointing series' however throughout this season, and this next series on the road at Kansas City would be a great time to bounce back, and I have a great feeling that they will. With Wednesday night's loss however, the M's have fallen to 9.5 games behind the Texas Rangers and 3.0 behind the Houston Astros in the American League West standings. 

Offensively on Wednesday night, the Mariners combined to put up 8 runs on 10 hits. The team went 2-7 with runners in scoring position, and left 7 runners on throughout the ball game. 2B Robinson Canó (.308 AVG) went 3-3 on the night with 3 hits and 2 walks. Canó connected for a pair of doubles (now has 22 on the year) and drove in a pair of RBI (now has 56 on the year). Robbie connected for his 20th HR of the season on Wednesday night which now makes him the sixth second baseman in MLB history with seven seasons of 20 or more home runs. That's the #CanoShow for you! So, despite the loss, Canó had himself a night in the series finale in Houston on Wednesday night. Also contributing offensively for the Mariners on Wednesday night was 3B Kyle Seager (.277 AVG) who connected for his seventeenth home run of the season, a 2-run blast in the fourth inning off of HOU RHP Mike Fiers. Seager went 2-4 at the plate and has extended his hitting streak to 9 games. He now also has a total of 56 RBI on the season. LF Seth Smith (.277 AVG) tied the ball game up at 7 a piece in the seventh inning with a 3-run blast to center. The HR was Smith's only hit of the night in 4 at bats, but a very important one. Seth now has a total of 11 homers on the season, and 5 of which have come in the last 7 games. 1B Dae-Ho Lee (.291 AVG) went back-to-back with Kyle Seager in the fourth inning for homers. Lee connected for a solo HR for his twelfth of the year to cut the Astro's lead to 1 in the fourth inning. 

On the mound on Wednesday night, LHP Wade LeBlanc made his third start of the season as a Seattle Mariner. Wade had a rocky start going only 3.1 innings while striking out 2, giving up a walk, and 5 runs on 6 hits (all earned). LeBlanc did not suffer a loss however, so he maintains a 1-0 W-L record. LeBlanc now has an ERA of 3.52 ERA. RHP Nathan Karns (4.47 ERA), RHP Edwin Diaz (2.70 ERA), and RHP Joaquin Benoit (4.87 ERA) tossed in relief for the M's. Karns went 2.2 innings giving up 2 runs on 3 hits (1 earned) while walking 2 and striking out 3 Astros. Edwin Diaz suffered the loss (0-2) as he went 1.1 innings giving up 2 runs on 2 hits (both runs earned) while walking 1 and striking out 3 Astros in his outing. Diaz gave up a 2-run HR to HOU 3B Luis Valbeuna in the bottom of the eighth inning, ultimately which lead to the loss. Benoit tossed 2/3 innings of the eighth, striking out 1 and giving up 1 hit. 


The Mariners will look to bounce back strong as they open up a 4-game series with the former World Series Champs, the 43-41 Kansas City Royals. This series will be the final series before the All-Star Break, which will run through all of next week into Thursday. LHP James Paxton (2-3, 4.24 ERA) and the M's will face KC LHP Danny Duffy (4-1, 3.11 ERA) on Thursday night at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, MO. This will be Paxton's seventh start of the season. Be sure to catch all of the Game 1 action on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio! First pitch start time- 5:15 PM PAC, 8:15 PM ET!


The Mariners have sent C Mike Zunino to AAA Tacoma in exchange for C Jesus Sucre. C Steve Clevenger has been placed on the 60-day DL with a fractured right hand. 

RHP Taijuan Walker has been placed on the 15-day DL with right foot tendinitis. LHP reliever David Rollins has been called up from AAA Tacoma to add depth to the bull pen. 

RHP Felix Hernandez threw a bull pen session in Houston the other day. Felix said his arm feels good, and his calf feels good with no problems. Felix is expected to return on July the 20th, vs the Chicago White Sox. Hernandez will have rehab starts in AA Everett and AAA Tacoma prior to his return to the bigs on that date. 

2B Robinson Canó has been selected as a reserve for the 2016 American League All-Star team. This will be Canó's 7th All-Star Game appearance of his career. Robinson Canó is the lone representative of the Seattle Mariners in this game. Be sure to watch the 2016 MLB All-Star Game, Wednesday, July 12th at 5:00 PM PAC, 8:00 PM ET only on FOX! 

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.