Bats Come Alive as Mariners Earn First Win of 2020 Season

by Kevin Nesgoda

Yusei Kikuchi had the start today for the Mariners who are trying to avoid another loss in Houston. The win today snapped a 15-game losing streak at Minute Maid Park.

The bats came alive early, and the Mariners were able to get an early two-run head start. Kyle Seager stayed hot hitting another double and Evan White was able to bat Seager around with a single, earning Evan his first career RBI.

Tim Lopes, getting the start in left, added to the extra base parade by knocking a double in the 4th. Mallex Smith followed up with hitting a double of his own, scoring Lopes from second. Shed Long decided that he also wanted to get an extra base hit and doubled, scoring Smith.

The Astros had another big inning in the bottom of the 4th, scoring four runs to take a 5-4 lead over the M’s. Yusei Kikuchi really struggled with his command and ultimately left the game.

In the 8th, Shed Long had an RBI and Kyle Lewis had two RBIs to give the Mariners a 7-5 lead.

In the bottom of the 9th, Kyle Tucker hit a lead-off pinch hit double off of Taylor Williams. Michael Brantley hit another double to drive in Tucker to close the gap on the Mariners lead to a run.

Williams was able to strike out Alex Bregman to end the ball game, earning his first career save.

Mariners pitching continues to be a sore spot on this team. The offense seems to have come alive, but pitching will continue to be a question.

Tomorrow the Mariners wrap up the series in Houston as Kendall Graveman takes the bump against Josh James. Game time is 4:10 PM PST.

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