In game one of the weekend series between the Houston Astros (36-28) and the Seattle Mariners (28-35), the Astros touched up Felix Hernandez to the tune of eight runs in 1/3 of an inning. Houston won 10-0. In game two of the set, Seattle touched up Collin McHugh for five runs in the first inning (eight in total) to win 8-1. Sunday’s matinee wasn’t much different as the Astros touched up Roenis Elias for five runs in the opening frame in route to a 13-0 victory.
Elias walked George Springer to lead-off the bottom half of the first inning and he never got settled in as the Astros piled on five runs in the first inning.
Houston starter Lance McCullers (3-1) pitched five innings of no-hit baseball before giving way to the bullpen in the sixth inning. A.J. Hinch spoke highly of the rookie after the game, “That wasn’t the best we’ve seen of Lance, and that’s a great sign. When he can battle through five innings scoreless, and hitless, there were a few walks in there that he won’t be happy about, but if those are his bad days that’s a pretty good day.”
Leading the charge at the plate was Evan Gattis (tied career high hits in a game) who went 4-5 with three runs scored in the win. Luis Valbuena and Marwin Gonzalez each homered in the effort. Hinch thought the entire lineup did a great job at the plate, “Our at-bats top to bottom were really quality. We hit some homers today, but they weren’t the difference in the game. We piled on a lot of hits and a lot of baserunners to get to the lead that we got and I like that out of our offense.”
In the three games, a total of 18 runs were scored in the first inning between the two sides, and a total of 32 runs scored in the series.
Houston will take on Colorado for the next four games with the first two at Minute Maid Park before travelling to Coors Field on Wednesday.
Jose Altuve was OUT of the lineup for the second straight day for Houston. Per an MLB.com report, neither Altuve nor the Astros are in a hurry to bring him back. Altuve was quoted saying, “We are going to give this the time it needs. I’d rather lose today or tomorrow’s game, than to lose 20 games.” Altuve left the game after the first inning on Friday and the team has cited a right hamstring strain as the injury.