Seattle Nabs Series in Houston

07132015-All-star-games_05June 30: Seattle 4, Houston 3

Nolan Ryan managed to walk fewer batters than innings pitched, and none of the four he walked came around to score. Normally that would add up to a lights-out start for the Ryan Express, but four of the batters that got a hit off him scored (two of them with Octavio Dotel on the mound after Ryan left the game in the sixth).

Freddy Garcia and Raul Ibanez were the stars for Seattle. Garcia’s ERA is a pedestrian 4.46 for the season, but he is on a nice stretch over his last nine starts during which his ERA has been 3.44. Ibanez spanked two singles and a double, plus stole his first base of the year.

                  R  H BB
SEA 101 002 000 - 4 10  5
HOU 210 000 000 - 3  7  3

HR: A. Rodriguez (14)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
F. Garcia  8.0  3  3  0  3  5  
N. Ryan    5.1  4  4  1  4  3 

SEA 36-43

July 1: Houston 11, Seattle 0

Houston starter Mike Scott dominated the Mariners all day on his way to his first shutout. Scott retired 16 straight during one stretch.

Mariners hurlers Erik Hanson and Mark Langston got pounded, particularly by Jeff Bagwell, with two singles and two dongs, and Cesar Cedeno, who also doubled up on dingers.

The killer Bs of Biggio, Berkman, and Bagwell ended the series with the first, second, and third most runs created in the Expansion Division. Bob Watson, in sixth place, has also hit extremely well for Houston.

                   R  H BB
SEA 000 000 000 -  0  3  3
HOU 015 100 04x - 11 16  4

HR: J. Bagwell-2 (15), C. Cedeno-2 (7)

starters    IP  R ER HR BB SO
E. Hanson  2.2  6  6  3  0  0  
M. Scott   9.0  0  0  0  3  8 

SEA 36-44, HOU 36-44

July 2: Seattle 4, Houston 3 (14 innings)

The rubber match couldn’t have been much tighter. Both teams had 12 hits and six walks, both starters gave up three runs in around six innings, and both bullpens looked like they might never allow a run to break the tie. The Seattle ‘pen hurled eight lock-down innings. The Houston relief corps did not allow a run for their first seven innings of work, but the Mariners finally scratched a run across in the 14th inning against Dave Smith. Mike Cameron led it off with a walk, Kyle Seager walked to push Cameron to second, and Omar Vizquel singled Cameron home.

                         R  H BB
SEA 100 010 100 000 01 - 4 12  6
HOU 000 001 200 000 00 - 3 12  6

HR: none

starters     IP  R ER HR BB SO
R. Johnson  6.0  3  3  0  4  1  
M. Cuellar  6.1  3  3  0  2  2 

SEA 37-44, HOU 36-45
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