HOUSTON— Offenses exploded in the second game of a three-game set between the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. The Mariners won game two of the three-game set by the final score of 7-5 to tie the series at one game each.
Both Houston Astros’ starter Scott Feldman, and Mariners’ starter Roenis Elias struggled early with finding the strike zone as the two walked nine hitters, one intentional walk, over the first three innings which led to four runs combined.
Feldman left the game in the third inning after walking his fifth hitter due to discomfort in his right shoulder. Astros manager A.J. Hinch spoke about Feldman after the game.
“He felt uncomfortable in the third inning,” Hinch said.
Feldman battled through 2.2 innings and allowed three runs on three hits with one home run and five walks. In the second, Franklin Gutierrez led-off with a home run into the Crawford Boxes in left field to score the first run of the game. Seth Smith followed the homer with a triple into right-center field on the next pitch and later scored on a bases-loaded walk to Kyle Seager to give the Mariners a 2-0 lead.
Houston would cut into the lead in the bottom half of the second as Evan Gattis led-off with a walk and two hitters later Jed Lowrie walked as well to put runners on first and second with one out. Recent Triple-A call-up Max Stassi stepped in with two outs and delivered a line drive single into right field to score Gattis and cut the Seattle lead to 2-1.
Walks again hurt Feldman in the third as Gutierrez and Smith earned back-to-back walks with one out to effectively end Feldman’s day. After a pop out from Mark Trumbo, Feldman waved to the dugout for Hinch and the head athletic trainer Nate Lucero and left the game. Vince Velasquez entered the game and gave up a single to Mariners’ center fielder Brad Miller to once again give Seattle a 2-run lead at 3-1.
Single runs in the third and fourth innings would tie the game at 3-3, but Seattle struck for two more runs in the fifth on a two-run homer by Trumbo that hit the train tracks in left field. The homer, Trumbo’s 20th of the year, gave the Mariners their second lead of the night at 5-3.
Houston would chip away again though and tie the game for the second time in the bottom of the sixth. Lowrie led-off with a single followed by two straight strikeouts by Colby Rasmus and Stassi. Jake Marisnick singled to the right side on a hit-and-run to move Lowrie to third, and second basemen Jose Altuve followed with a seeing-eye single of his own on a hit-and-run to the right side. With Marwin Gonzalez at the plate, Altuve broke for second and catcher John Hicks’ throw sailed into center field to score Marisnick from third to tie the game at 5-5.
“The game ended poorly. The eighth inning on both sides of the ball,” Hinch continued. “We gave up the homer to fall behind. I thought we’d get back in it with the leadoff (double E8), and then make it interesting in the ninth, but we had the strikeouts.”
Logan Kensing got the win on the mound for Seattle with a full inning pitched in the seventh. Neshek takes the loss after giving up the home run to Morrison.