Recap: The Mariners lost the second straight game to the Astros on Wednesday night, 8-3. Blake Beavan allowed nine hits, five runs (four earned) and struck out four on a night that got off to a very slow start.
The night's first batter, Jose Altuve for the Astros, hit a fly to right field where Michael Saunders made a running catch but hit the wall hard before going down with a right AC sprain. He is expected to miss some time but it is not known how long or if he will need to be put on the disabled list. Jason Bay replaced Saunders in right field after a delay.
Houston followed up their 16 run performance from Tuesday night with a 15 hit outburst that netted them eight runs. DH Chris Carter homered for his third home run in 2 games (also his only three home runs on the season). Every starter for Houston had a hit.
Kelly Shoppach and Franklin Gutierrez each hit a home run for the Mariners in the loss. After winning their first two games against Oakland, Seattle has lost two of their next eight games.
Turning Point: The most important play of the game, looking long term, was Michael Saunders injury on the first out of the game. The Mariners will need a healthy Michael Saunders to play at their best this year.
Player of the Game: Chris Carter is a big guy (6'4" 245lbs) that has show a lot of power throughout the minors. His two-run home run in the seventh inning extended a two run lead to four runs and the Mariners didn't mount any more offense in the final three innings.
Next Up: After losing two straight series, the Mariners welcome Texas to town for the second of three straight series in Safeco Field. Seattle will turn to Felix Hernandez to end the two game losing streak in front of the "Supreme Court" where the first 25,000 fans will receive a King Felix T-Shirt and K card. Justin Grimm will get his first start of the season for Texas in place of Matt Harrison who was placed on the DL with a stiff lower back.