Dominated twice this season by veteran Houston Astros pitcher Justin Verlander, the Seattle Mariners hitters weren’t going to be lectured a third time and they gave it their all to tame their demon.
The Mariners’ determination resulted in a convincing 6-1 win over their division leaders.
Verlander, dominant since the start of the season, gave up four runs in the opening inning under long balls from rookie Julio Rodriguez (his sixth) and Kyle Lewis (his first). The rest of the evening was sealed and the Mariners were able to enjoy a 19th win this season.
The Astros veteran right-hander certainly had his worst outing of the season, giving up the six runs the hosts needed on ten hits in six innings on the mound.
Ty France in round three and Taylor Trammell in round seven added insult to injury by catapulting Verlander’s offerings out of bounds at T-Mobile Park.
The pitching duel between Verlander (6-2) and Chris Flexen (2-6) seemed all to the advantage of the visitors, but we have to believe that the Astros veteran had a bad one in his arm and it was the hitters. of the Mariners and Flexen who took advantage.
Flexen flew through the game scattering seven Astros hits throughout his seven innings on the mound, he struck out six batters.
Minimal since the beginning of 2022, Justin Verlander’s earned run average has risen above the two points allowed per game mark, it now stands at 2.03.
Could this decisive win against one of the most dominant pitchers in the Majors this season be a cure for the Mariners’ problems? They rank fourth in the American West Division and are struggling to stick to winning streaks.
Yesterday, against the Astros, the offense and the pitchers tuned their violins for the benefit of the 26,017 spectators present at the game.
Even at 39, Verlander mentioned after the game that he needed to improve on small things in his execution. I pity his next opponents, because they will have to be wary of a pitcher with so much experience and talent who wants to make people forget this poor performance.
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