The Mariners have extended their win streak to five games as they down the World Series defending Champion Houston Astros by a score of 7-1.
Seattle seemingly can’t be stopped right now, as they continued their winning ways in Houston last night. Not only have they won their last five in a row, but they’ve also pulled out 14 of their last 17. For the most part, the bats have been hot and the pitching stellar. Last night, James Paxton and Co. decided that trend would continue.
It’s always difficult to pull out a road victory, but it’s especially tough against the defending champs. James Paxton took the mound against Dallas Keuchel and absolutely dominated. Paxton ended the night with 7.2 IP, 9H, 1ER, 1 BB, and 6 K. While the hits allowed were a season-high, he managed to keep things under control.
Paxton was brilliant, but the Mariners’ bats also helped the cause. Three of Dallas Keuchel’s pitches got mashed courtesy of Kyle Seager, Mike Zunino, and Jean Segura. Seattle was also relatively patient at the plate, as Keuchel only fanned three. Overall, it was a great night to be a Mariners’ fan.
With the first game of the series in the books, the M’s look to take on the Astros one more time. They currently lead their division rival by two games and will look to extend that gap tonight. The Mariners’ Wade LeBlanc will take the mound against Lance McCullers at 5:10 PDT. LeBlanc has started six games this season, and he carries a 2.60 ERA into Wednesday’s contest.
Can the Mariners continue their winning ways tonight? It sure looks like they can. Few could have predicted that Seattle would sit atop the division in early June, but here we are. The Mariners currently have a record of 38-22, and with any luck, they will win their sixth in a row.