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  • October 12, 2022

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HOUSTON — Paul Sewald approached Robbie Ray in the far corner of a quiet visitors’ clubhouse.
Ice wrapped around his right arm, Sewald drew closer to Ray, whose head hung down. The Mariners veteran closer tried to offer some encouraging words to Ray, the Mariners’ unexpected first-time closer.
What came out sounded more like an apology.
“He feels bad, and I feel bad that he even pitched,” Sewald told reporters inside the clubhouse a few moments later. “There’s not a lot to say in that situation. Everybody knows how everybody feels.”
The Mariners’ stunning 8-7 walkoff loss to the rival Houston Astros in Game 1 of American League Division Series on Tuesday had to be the most devastating defeat in franchise history, outside a playoff elimination game anyway.
HOUSTON — When the two-seam fastball left his hand, Robbie Ray knew trouble was ahead. The pitch was leaking back to the middle of the plate in the worst possible way.
When the ball left the bat of Yordan Alvarez and most of the 47,165 in Minute Maid Park roared in anticipation, Ray was already walking toward the Mariners dugout with his head down in disgust.
There was no need to watch the baseball turn into a vapor trail. He knew the result — a walkoff three-run homer. The only question remaining was how for it would go and how much damage it would do to his team as they tried to move forward in the American League Championship Series.
And as Alvarez circled the bases and his teammates awaited at home plate to celebrate their stunning 8-7 come-from-behind victory, Mariners players walked off the field in disgust knowing they’d just given away a chance to rewrite their history against their AL West rivals in a building that has caused so much frustration and disappointment.
The Mariners blew a four-run lead in a devastating loss to the Astros in Game 1 of the ALDS in Houston.
Yordan Alvarez hit a walk-off three-run home run off Mariners lefty Robbie Ray, who came in to close out the ninth inning with two on and two outs.
Seattle scored six runs off 10 hits on Justin Verlander, the probable AL Cy Young winner. On the other side, Mariners right-hander Logan Gilbert struck out five and allowed three runs on five hits and two walks.
Julio Rodriguez got things started with a lead-off walk and scored in the bottom of the first off Cal Raleigh’s lone single. He then doubled home two runs in the second inning and scored on a triple in the fourth.
J.P. Crawford and Eugenio Suarez homered, as well.
Game over.

Astros 8, Mariners 7 ….

Alvarez walks it off with a no-doubt homer to right field. Heartbreaking 8-7 loss for #Mariners.
Yordan rules. #Postseason
Robbie Ray trying for his first MLB save.

He has two previous postseason relief appearances, the last coming with Toronto in 2020 (three innings, one run).
Jeremy Pena with a two-out, two-strike base hit.

Two on, two outs for Yordan Alvarez.
Sewald strikes out Altuve on a 92 fastball up. Two outs.
Sewald hits pinch hitter David Hensley on a 3-2 pitch.

Lineup turns over. Altuve up with one out.
Sewald gets Vazquez to ground out to Crawford for out No. 1.
A quick 1-2-3 ninth for #Mariners. They need 3 more outs, and Paul Sewald will try to get them.
Kyle Tucker with a leaping grab in front of the wall in right field to rob Julio.
Paul Sewald appears loose in the M's bullpen.
Houston reliever Hunter Brown had a relatively stress free eighth inning, allowing a single to Jarred Kelenic, who was thrown out on a steal attempt with two outs. The Kelenic hit gave him more career postseason hits (2) than Mike Trout (1), which has been perhaps the craziest stat of the day. (H/T to the Portland Pickles on Twitter for pointing it out).
Flamethrower Andres Munoz was not nearly as effective as he was against Toronto, as the M’s best reliever gave up three hits in the inning including a two-run blast by Alex Bregman. Facing Trey Mancini as the potential tying run, Munoz wiggled out of trouble, striking out Mancini with his trusted slider. Mariners could sure use another insurance run entering the ninth with a 7-5 lead. Buckle up.
That was a big strikeout of Trey Mancini for Andres Munoz.
Yuli Gurriel wtih a two-out single, his third hit of the game. Trey Mancini is up representing the tying run
Munoz strikes out Tucker swinging through 101.
Mariners 7, Astros 5.

Bregman with a two-run shot to left-center off Munoz on a 93 mph slider in the lower-middle part of the zone.
Munoz hasn't been hit like this in a long, long time
Alvarez hits a rocket of the right-field wall but is held to a single with one out.
That's the hardest hit Munoz has allowed off that slider in, like, forever.
100 mph for Munoz on his first pitch
Munoz trotting in from the pen.
Kelenic thrown out trying to steal second to end the top of the 8th.
Jarred Kelenic has two hits today.
The vibes are good, folks. In the second at-bat of the seventh, Eugenio Suarez punched a home run — his first of the postseason — into the Crawford boxes in left field to extend the Mariners’ lead to 7-3. While that’s all the Mariners could manage against Cristian Javier, it’s a key insurance run nontheless.
Christian Vazquez led the bottom of the seventh off with a single off new Mariners reliever Diego Castillo. But Castillo got Aledmys Diaz to ground into a fielder’s choice and Jose Altuve into a clutch double play to end the threat.
The Mariners lead 7-3 entering the eighth inning.
Diego Castillo … never a doubt
Here comes Diego Castillo to pitch B7.
Mariners 7, Astros 3.

Eugenio Suarez punches one into the Crawford Box seats. His first homer of the postseason.
Eugenio Suarez with a solo rocket into the Crawford boxes. Mariners lead 7-3
Yeah, Geno's ready. #SeaUsRise
Bryan Abreu turned in a stellar relief appearance for Houston, notching two quick outs — aided by a generous strike-three call on JP Crawford with a full count. Cristian Javier came in for the final out of the inning, striking out Julio Rodriguez looking on a perfectly placed 98-mph fastball on the outside corner.
Back out for the sixth inning, Logan Gilbert got Alex Bregman to fly out to deep right field before allowing a chopper of an infield single to Kyle Tucker. That would be it for Gilbert, who pitched admirably against a formidable Houston lineup. Righty Matt Brash took over in relief and he instantly gave M’s fans heartburn allowing a scorching line drive to left that was mercifully right at Jarred Kelenic, as well as two wild pitches that allowed Tucker to advance to third. But the young righty escaped the high-wire act and ended the inning on a Trey Mancini groundout to third. The Mariners may be up three, but it feels like a one-run ballgame.
Mancini grounds out, and #Mariners escape unscathed.
After replacing Justin Verlander for the Astros, Bryan Abreu mostly shut down the Mariners in the top of the fifth inning. After striking out Cal Raleigh, he allowed a single to Mitch Haniger before striking out Carlos Santana and getting Adam Frazier to ground out.
Logan Gilbert followed with an important 1-2-3 bottom of the fifth inning for the Mariners, striking out Jose Altuve, popping up Jeremy Pena and getting Yordan Alvarez to ground out to second base. Gilbert sits at 78 pitches with five strikeouts through five innings.
The Mariners lead 6-3.
Juuuust as it looked like Justin Verlander was settling in to his lethal robotic ace form, notching consecutive strikeouts with his filthy slider, the Mariners decided they weren’t done doing damage. And that damage started with a powerful blast by one of the most unlikely home run hitters on the team as J.P. Crawford absolutely leaned on a fastball and blasted it 383 feet to right field. Then, Julio Rodriguez slashed a ball to left center that he willed into a triple with his speed. Ty France followed that up with a double to deep left to score Rodriguez, and Eugenio Suarez squared up a single, but an ill-advised decision to send France from third ended the inning with an easy out at the plate. Still, the M’s not only outlasted Verlander, they punished him, as the ace left the game after allowing six runs on 10 hits through four innings and exited to a smattering of boos from the home crowd.
Of course, a win in Houston is not going to come easy, and the Astros quickly reminded Seattle of that as Yuli Gurriel hit a towering homer to left to begin the bottom half of the frame. Logan Gilbert buckled down and got the next three hitters in order, including his fourth strikeout of the afternoon.
The Mariners lead 6-3 through four innings.
Oh, there’s Justin Verlander. The Astros ace finally showed up in the top of the third, needing just 11 pitches to retire the side — Cal Raleigh, Mitch Haniger and Carlos Santana — in order.
In the bottom of the third, Logan Gilbert got into his first bit of trouble, allowing a single to Chas McCormick and a walk to Jose Altuve to put two on with one out. After getting Jeremy Pena to fly out, Yordan Alvarez brought home two with a long double off the wall in left field. After a visit from Mariners pitching coach Pete Woodworth, Gilbert struck out Kyle Tucker to end the inning.
Mariners lead 4-2 through three innings.
Justin Verlander continued his shaky start in the second inning, as Adam Frazier and Jarred Kelenic began the inning with back-to-back singles, followed by a JP Crawford sac fly to center to move both runners over. Then, Julio Rodriguez had his first major playoff moment, as the probable AL Rookie of the Year laced a double to right-center off the probable Cy Young to drive in a pair. The damage wasn’t done yet as Ty France shot a single back up the middle to score Rodriguez. It’s a dream start for the Mariners.
Meanwhile, Logan Gilbert — channeling his alter ego “Walter” — continued to throw 98 mph gas, retiring the first five Astros he faced before surrendering a lazy Yuli Gurriel single to right and then getting Trey Mancini to pop out to end the inning. Gilbert has thrown 22 pitches through two innings – 16 of which have been strikes.
Julio Rodriguez set the Mariners up perfectly with a five-pitch walk to lead off the game against Astros ace and Cy Young favorite Justin Verlander. After Ty France singled to move Rodriguez over to third, Verlander struck out Eugenio Suarez looking. But Cal Raleigh — who else? — came up with the clutch RBI single to score Rodriguez and give the Mariners an early 1-0 lead. Mitch Haniger and Carlos Santana couldn’t add to that with runners on the corners, though.
Holy Logan Gilbert. The Mariners right-hander needed just six (!) pitches to get through the bottom of the first in order, getting Jose Altuve and Yordan Alvarez to pop out and striking out Jeremy Pena.
Pretty great start for the M’s.
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