Recap: The Mariners fell to the Astros 6-1 after 7 and a half scoreless innings of baseball. They took a 1-0 lead into the 9th, but closer, Tom Wilhelmsen blew the lead allowing 3 hits and 5 runs.
Mariners starter Jeremy Bonderman worked 8 shutout innings, allowing only 3 hits. Bonderman struck out 5, walked two and threw only 89 pitches. Manager Eric Wedge said postgame that he didn’t even give a thought to putting Bonderman back out for the 9th.
Paul Clemons got the win for the Astros in just one and a third innings of work.
Turning Point: The turning point in the game came when Tom Wilhelmsen came on in the 9th for the save. The Bartender gave up 3 hits and 5 runs in just a third of an inning of work and got the loss.
Player of the Game: For the Mariners, the Player of the Game has to be shared, Bonderman gets half because of his outstanding pitching performance and Nick Franklin gets the other half going 3 for 4, giving him a career high 3 hits.
Jose Altuve gets the POG for the Astros with 2 RBI and a great defensive performance.
Game Notes: Mariners catcher Mike Zunino made his first start tonight since getting called up from Tacoma yesterday. Zunino stuck out in his first at bat and drilled a single to center on his second at bat. He could have had an RBI, but the ball was hit so hard, Franklin was forced to stay at third.
Astros pitcher Jordan Lyles became the 9th pitcher the Mariners have faced this season to record double digit strikeouts.
Up Next: The Mariners have Thursday off and head to Oakland for a weekend series against the A’s. Joe Saunders (4-6) gets the Friday start for the Mariners, with Tommy Milone (6-5) going for the Athletics.
Chris Carter #23 of the Houston Astros hits a two-RBI double in the ninth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 12, 2013 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)