Aaron Sánchez (left) and three Houston relievers no-hit the Mariners on Saturday
August 6, 2019
I left town for a week, and so did the Mariners. I think I fared better overall.
Last week the M's won a game in Dallas-Ft. Worth, beating the Rangers 8-5 and extending their winning streak to six games. Kyle Seager had a great game, going 3-for-4 with a homer, and Mike Leake pitched his last game as a Mariner before being traded to Arizona the next afternoon. I didn't see any of it, but the box score looks nice. After that, though, the wheels fell off and the M's reverted to being, well, your 2019 Seattle Mariners. Texas took advantage of the patchwork nature of the Mariner bullpen to take the second game of that brief set, and then the M's dropped three in Houston, Hard.
Wade Miley was one-hitting the M's through five innings on Friday night before Daniel Vogelbach put Seattle on the board with a two-run homer in the sixth, but with the Astros already up 6-0 by then it didn't matter much and Houston eventually took it by a final of 10-2. Saturday, newly-acquired Aaron Sánchez and three relievers went one better and no-hit the Mariners, dealing them their second such humiliation in the space of a month. (Yes, that is the same Aaron Sánchez that was 3-14 with a 6.07 ERA for the Blue Jays until July 31st.) Sunday wasn't much better, as Justin Verlander beat Tommy Milone in a 3-1 Astros win. But hey, the M's did get a few hits that day.
It was a terrible week for the Mariners, one that included not just getting no-hit and being swept by the Astros, but the loss of Mike Leake in a trade and now Tim Beckham to an 80-game suspension announced today.
Tonight the Padres come to town. I'll be back at the ballpark. It should be a nice night and for the M's, things should be getting better. Because, in the words of Mr. Lennon, "can't get much worse."