Bottom feeders in the American League West collide Monday night at Safeco Field, where the Seattle Mariners will open a three-game series versus the Houston Astros.
Mariners’ top pitching prospect Taijuan Walker will make his MLB debut Friday against the Houston Astros.
The Astros failed to get a hit against three Seattle relievers and lost 3-2 to the Mariners on Thursday night.
The Mariners will lean on righty Erasmo Ramirez Thursday, who is 4-1 with a 5.44 ERA. Ramirez suffered his first loss of the season on Saturday to the Angels, despite a decent showing that saw him surrender two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings.
Seattle Mariners highly-touted pitching prospect Taijuan Walker is getting the call.
Nick Franklin hit his first career grand slam in Seattle’s big second inning to back up a scoreless start by Felix Hernandez, and the Mariners rolled past the Astros 12-5 for their season-best sixth straight victory.
Houston manager Bo Porter defended Erik Bedard’s decision to remove himself from Saturday night’s game against Seattle with a no-hitter in the seventh inning because of a high pitch count and said he wouldn’t have let the left-hander stay in much longer.
Seattle Mariners manager Eric Wedge wasn’t ready to make a change at closer in the immediate aftermath of their 6-1 loss at the hands of the Houston Astros on Wednesday night. But after yet another blown save by Tom Wilhelmsen, Wedge is being forced to re-evaluate his options.
Hisashi Iwakuma allowed an unearned run in seven innings and the Seattle Mariners beat Houston 3-2 on Monday night, sending the Astros to their fifth straight defeat.
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