RHP George Kirby (3.39 ERA) vs. RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (2.27 ERA)
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With each failed plate appearance and squandered scoring opportunity, particularly when only one run would’ve stopped the eventual marathon of pitches, outs and scoreless innings, the Mariners were allowing the potent bats of the Astros top hitters, held silent for longer than reasonably expected, opportunity after opportunity to crush their victory hopes and extinguish their World Series dreams.
The moment came more a little over six hours after the first pitch was thrown on Saturday afternoon at T-Mobile Park.
Leading off the 18th inning — no, that’s not a typo, the 18th inning — Jeremy Pena, the Astros talented rookie shortstop, smashed a 3-2 fastball from Mariners reliever Penn Murfee over the wall in deep left-center The ‘Pen area. The solo homer was the first run produced by either team in what had been a scoreless marathon.
As Pena’s teammates celebrated inside and outside the third base dugout, a sell-out crowd of 47,690 that hadn’t stopped yelling or screaming or standing for much of the game was silenced.
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Julio flies out. A truly agonizing 1-0 loss in 18 innings ends #Mariners season. They were swept in three games by Houston, but had a chance to win each one. Crowd chanting "Let's Go, Mariners" as Astros celebrate on field.
Most of the sold-out crowd of 47,690 has remained, and they're chanting "Let's go Mariners" as players remain in the home dugout, watching the Astros celebrate. https://t.co/BEAnI7xPs8
The Mariners’ season ended with a loss in ALDS Game 3 after the Astros snapped the longest scoreless stretch in a playoff game in the 18th inning.
After 17 scoreless innings, Jeremy Pena scored the game’s first run on a solo home run to left-center field off Mariners reliever Penn Murfee. The game became the longest to remain scoreless once it reached the 16th inning.
Both teams had many chances to score throughout the game, but the pitching overall was stellar.
Mariners rookie right-hander George Kirby impressed early, allowing six hits, walking none and striking out five across seven scoreless innings in his playoff-debut start.
Astros starter Lance McCullers was equally solid, tossing six scoreless innings while striking out seven and walking two.
Mariners' season down to its final three outs.
Kelenic-Crawford-Julio due up in B18.
Garcia still in for the Astros.
Robbie Ray enters the game with one out and runner on first. #Mariners trail, 1-0. It would behoove them to not let the Astros score any more .
Jeremy Pena with a solo homer into The 'Pen and the Astros lead 1-0
Astros 1, Mariners 0 (T18).
Jeremy Pena with a 3-2 home run off Penn Murfee.
Kelenic with a diving catch to rob Yordan.
This game has officially reached the six hour mark here at T-Mobile Park.
In the top of the 17th, Penn Murfee got Chas McCormick to fly out, Christian Vazquez to strike out and Jose Altuve to fly out.
In the bottom half, Cal Raleigh was called out on strikes and Mitch Haniger popped out to first base. Carlos Santana then drove a line-drive single to center and advanced to second on a wild pitch before being replaced by Taylor Trammell. But Adam Frazier popped up to end yet another scoreless inning.
17 innings, no runs! Help!
Carlos Santana with a two-out single, and advances on a wild pitch. Guess those hamstrings are OK.
Taylor Trammell pinch running.
Mariners will have their chance to win it in the bottom of the 17th, as they have in the bottom of the 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th, 13th, 14th, 15th and 16th.
We are at 39 strikeouts in this game, tying the record for most strikeouts in an MLB postseason game.
That record was set one week ago.
Can anyone let us know if the sunset was pretty?
OK, fine, back to the game.
Matthew Boyd vs. Yordan Alvarez in the 16th inning just like we all imagined. And just like we all imagined, he flew out to Mitch Haniger on a ball that spent about one million seconds in the air.
The Astros got their first hit in extra innings with a one-out single from Alex Bregman. Boyd walked Kyle Tucker. That was it for Boyd. Seattle called for Penn Murfee in the bullpen, and Logan Gilbert, Sunday’s starter should the Mariners win this one, made the long walk from the dugout to the bullpen.
Julio Rodriguez made a great sliding catch for the second out. Aledmys Diaz then popped up to Ty France to end the top of the 16th.
While Rodriguez was a defensive hero, he didn’t get to play hero for the game, popping out to shortstop. France and Dylan Moore followed that up with two strikeouts.
Fun fact, Moore was the 39th strikeout of the game, tying a postseason record set last week.
The #Mariners wriggle out of trouble again, thanks to a sensational catch in the gap by Julio Rodriguez. And leading off the bottom of the 16th will be Julio Rodriguez.
Julio. Rodriguez. Star.
Julio with the defensive play of the year. Wow.
Julio Rodriguez with the game-preserving catch! pic.twitter.com/TVfvlMNKW6
Penn Murfee will take over on the mound. The only pitcher left in the bullpen is Robbie Ray.
Logan Gilbert has headed to the bullpen. He's scheduled to pitch tomorrow, but there is no tomorrow if #Mariners don't win today.
Logan Gilbert is walking out toward the bullpen. #ALDS
Astros have two aboard with one out against Matthew Boyd. Servais heading to mound.
Matt Boyd, hometown kid, in the postseason for the first time, pitching in an epic elimination game, gets to face Yordan Effing Alvarez … and he gets him out on a 93 mph first-pitch fastball. Baseball, man.
Astros-Mariners is going to the 16th inning. Here are the numbers so far.
– Hitters are 14 for 101
– Of those 14 hits, 12 were singles and two doubles
– Pitchers have struck out 37 hitters and issued three walks
– There have been 425 pitches thrown
– Total runs scored: zero
This game may never end, but the Mariners bullpen has been on fire all day (except, you know who).
Matt Festa led off the 15th (!) inning by getting Christian Vazquez to pop out and Jose Altuve — who is now 0-for-7 in this game — to fly out. He then struck out Jeremy Pena on four pitches.
Adam Frazier and Jarred Kelenic struck out to start the bottom half of the inning, and J.P. Crawford grounded out to first base for the final out.
As we head to the 16th, this game is now the longest MLB postseason game to remain scoreless. Very cool!
Matt Festa entered in the top of 14th for the Mariners.
If you’re reading this, hi Mom!
Yuli Gurriel flew out to left to start the top of the frame. Aledmys Diaz grounded out to short. J.P. Crawford’s throw took Ty France off the bag, but he was able to get the out without a collision. You can breathe easily about that, Mariners fans, although the air quality is not great so pick your poison.
Festa struck out Chas McCormick swinging and to the bottom of the 14th we go, scoreless.
They’re playing another
seventh-inning 14th-inning stretch.
Dylan Moore’s fly out got to the warning track, but Cal Raleigh followed that out with an infield popup. Mitch Haniger hit a scorching single to short to bring up Carlos Santana, who got rung up on strikes to end the inning.
To the 15th. Not sure how much longer this game will go, but we’re here with you the whole way.
Two-out infield single for Haniger.
Carlos Santana to the plate.
14th inning stretch here at T Mobile Park pic.twitter.com/LjRjBF60tl
Festa retires Astros in order in the 14th. And #Mariners yet again will try to win its. Moore, Raleigh and Haniger due up. Moore is hitting in Suarez's spot after pinch-running in the ninth.
France hits a hard grounder, but it's right to Bregman at third. Julio stranded.
To the 14th inning. Here comes Matt Festa.
Erik Swanson, whom fans have been clamoring for in the previous two games this series, came in to pitch the 13th for the Mariners. He proceeded to strike out Yordan Alvarez, which sure could have been helpful in another game. Swanson then got both Alex Bregman and Kyle Tucker to fly out.
The bottom of the 13th was much of the same. Jarred Kelenic grounded out and J.P. Crawford flew out. Julio Rodriguez drew a two-out walk and stole second, but Ty France grounded out to third to send us to … the 14th inning!
Julio steals second with ease. The winning run is at second base.
Julio draws a two-out walk after a great at-bat.
He has to steal here, right?
Rodriguez coming up with two outs, bases empty. He's 1-for-5 with 3 strikeouts. The hit was a ringing double.
Swanson strikes out Alvarez, who is 0-for-5 with two Ks t oday. All those who wanted Swanson to pitch to Alvarez on Tuesday now have something to argue with.
Swanson strikes out Yordan on a 95 mph fastball at the top of the zone. Can't overstate the importance of that first out.
Swanson throws three straight splitters to Yordan to get ahead 1-2.
Raleigh took a foul ball off his battered left thumb and he needs some new equipment.
Swanson will face Alvarez, Bregman and Tucker. Welcome to the post-season, Erik.
The Mariners turned to Paul Sewald again in the 12th after he turned in a vintage performance to retire the side in the 11th.
Sewald hit Chas McCormick on a 3-2 count to give Houston a base runner. That’s four Astros who’ve been hit by pitch.
Sewald came back to strike Christian Vazquez on three pitches bringing up Jose Altuve with one out. After fouling off five pitches, Altuve struck out swinging. Jeremy Pena grounded into a fielder’s choice, shortstop to second, to end the Astros’ threat.
The sun has started setting directly into the auxiliary press box here at T-Mobile Park. If you are reading this, remind me to put on my sunglasses.
Mitch Haniger struck out looking to start the top of the 12th. Carlos Santana worked a full count before singling into right field. But Adam Frazier grounded into a double play.
This game is going to the 13th inning because why not?
Adam Frazier grounds into an inning-ending 3-6-3 double play.
To the 13th we go.
Yordan to lead off for the Astros.
Santana finds a hole on the right side of the infield despite the shift for a one-out single.
Rookie Hunter Brown, with just seven games of MLB experience, takes over on the mound for Houston in 12th.
Sewald retires Pena ahead of Alvarez. Two scoreless innings for him. #Mariners will try again to walk it off. Haniger, Santana, Frazier.
Altuve strikes out for the third straight time. He's 0-for-5 today, 0-for-13 in the series. Jeremy Pena up with runner on first, two outs.
Correction: 0-for-6, 0-for-14.
Sewald hits McCormick on a 3-2 pitch leading off the 12th. Sub-optimal.
Sewald back out for the 12th.
The Mariners went to Paul Sewald for the top of the 11th and he did not disappoint. Sewald struck out Kyle Tucker, got Yuli Gurriel (who has three hits on the day) to fly out to center and struck out Aledmys Diaz.
Ty France led off the bottom of the 11th with a line-drive out to Kyle Tucker in right off new Astros reliever Ryne Stanek. Dylan Moore, who replaced Eugenio Suarez at third, struck out, and Cal Raleigh flew out to left to end the 11th.
To the 12th we go.
A nice redemption inning for Sewald after his troubles in Game 1. He retires Houston in order with two strikeouts.
Heading to the 11th. Something memorable happened in the 11th in the #Mariners only other extra-inning home playoff game. @11EdgarMartinez
Sewald with a nasty slider away to get Diaz with a lunging swing on strike three.
M's will get Ryne Stanek for the bottom of the 11th. Fastball that touches triple digits and nasty splitfinger
There have been a total of 12 hits today. Gurriel has three of them. Sewald gets him to fly out for the second out of the 11th.
The Mariners have struck out 14 times. The Astros have struck out 11 times. The pitching has been outstanding. Hitting good pitching is difficult
Sewald takes over on the mound for Seattle.
There’s free postseason baseball in Seattle. Just a reminder, there is no runner at second to start extra innings.
Jeremy Pena, who has been a thorn in the Mariners’ side this series, lined out to second to start the top of the 10th. Mariners killer Yordan Alvarez flew out to deep center. Matt Brash then struck out Alex Bregman swinging because he could.
The Mariners couldn’t get anything going in the bottom half of the 10th. Jarred Kelenic and J.P. Crawford struck out before Julio Rodriguez popped out to end the frame.
To the 11th, no score.
Rodriguez pops out. To the 11th we go.
Kelenic strikes out for the third time to start the 10th.
Matt Brash strikes out Alex Bregman to end the 10th. Solid work from the youngster.
Nice running catch by Julio on the warning track in right-center off Yordan's bat.
Two outs in T10 for Bregman.
Brash heading back out to the mound to start the 10th.
Reminder: Yordan Alvarez, who has already beaten the #Mariners twice this series with go-ahead home runs, will be up second this inning.
Diego Castillo replaced Andres Munoz on the mound for the Mariners and proceeded to get himself — and his team — into some trouble. He allowed a hit to Yuli Gurriel before hitting Aledmys Diaz to put two on with no out. Chas McCormick moved the runners along with a sac bunt, and the Mariners replaced Castillo with Matt Brash. The rookie reliever then struck out Christian Vazquez and Jose Altuve to end the dangerous late threat.
Eugenio Suarez led off the bottom of the ninth with an infield single up the middle before Cal Raleigh grounded into a fielder’s choice, avoiding the double play. Mitch Haniger was then hit on the hand with two pitches to put two on with one out. But Carlos Santana struck out on a 3-2 count and Adam Frazier popped up to center to end the Mariners’ chances of walking it off in the ninth.
We’re headed to extra innings in this one. Naturally.
Los Bomberos time at T-Mobile Park.
The sirens sounded and lights flashed for Andres Munoz in relief in the eighth inning.
Munoz answered the call with a three-pitch strikeout of Jeremy Pena to bring up the Mariners’ nemesis, Yordan Alvarez, whom he also struck out. Alex Bregman doubled on the first pitch he saw, but that was it for the Astros. Munoz struck out Kyle Tucker swinging on a 100-mph fastball.
Jarred Kelenic battled in a seven-pitch at-bat against former Mariner Rafael Montero before striking out looking. J.P. Crawford flew out to right. Up stepped Julio Rodriguez who doubled off the wall (just missing getting tagged out at second).
But that was it for the Mariners. Ty France struck out swinging, and it’s still scoreless after eight.
Yuli Gurriel led off the seventh with his second hit of the day on yet another bloop of a single into center field just out of the reach of Adam Frazier. After Trey Mancini flew out to right, Chas McCormick put two on with one out against George Kirby. But Kirby got pinch-hitter Christian Vazquez to fly out to left before ripping off a huge strikeout of Jose Altuve on four pitches to end the Astros’ threat. Kirby is through seven scoreless innings in his rookie debut. Pretty, pretty, pretty good.
Hector Neris replaced Lance McCullers for the Astros in the bottom of the seventh. He struck out Mitch Haniger, got Carlos Santana to line out to Kyle Tucker in right field and struck out Adam Frazier.
We’re still scoreless entering the eighth inning in Game 3.
George Kirby worked back from a 3-0 count to get Yordan Alvarez to fly out to left. Alex Bregman then swung at a 3-0 pitch and flew out to left. Kyle Tucker also flew out to left field for a very busy inning for Jarred Kelenic.
Ty France grounded out to third to start the bottom of the sixth. Eugenio Suarez followed that up with a first-pitch fly out to right field. Cal Raleigh struck out looking.
And it’s smoky and scoreless after six.
Martin Maldonado led off the top of the fifth with a bloop single to short right field. That then led to the weirdest unassisted double play when Ty France caught a broken-bat pop-up by Jose Altuve nearly on first base and tagged Martin Maldonado out immediately after. Astros manager Dusty Baker came out to argue the call, likely claiming interference, but Maldonado was clearly off the base when France tagged him and might have been in France’s way anyway. George Kirby then got Jeremy Pena, who has been a huge thorn in the Mariners’ side this series, to ground out for the third out.
Lance McCullers Jr. made quick work of Adam Frazier and Jarred Kelenic, getting both to ground out on three total pitches to open the bottom of the fifth. J.P. Crawford then singled just under the glove of Yordan Alvarez in left field to bring up Julio Rodriguez. But the Mariners rookie phenom struck out for the third time today in an eight-pitch at-bat.
The Mariners and Astros are still scoreless heading into the sixth inning.
George Kirby lacked his usual command in the top of the fourth, hitting lead-off batter and Mariners killer Yordan Alvarez. Alex Bregman flew out to left before Kyle Tucker singled. Yuli Gurriel popped out to Ty France on a foul ball before Kirby hit Trey Mancini. The Mariners challenged the call but lost the appeal, putting three Astros on base with two outs. But Chas McCormick flew out to center to end the threat.
Breathe again, Mariners fans.
Cal Raleigh struck out swinging after watching what should’ve been ball four be called strike two. Mitch Haniger struck out swinging. Carlos Santana grounded out to first.
It’s still scoreless after four.
The moment is not too big for George Kirby early in this game. He led off the top of the third inning with his fourth straight strikeout, getting Martin Maldonado swinging. Kirby then got Jose Altuve to pop up and Jeremy Pena to weakly ground out in the infield. He’s at 40 pitches with four strikeouts through three.
It took nine pitches, but Lance McCullers Jr. got J.P. Crawford to fly out to open the bottom half of the inning. He then struck out Julio Rodriguez for the second time already before Ty France came up with a bloop single to right for the Mariners’ first hit of the game. Eugenio Suarez grounded out to McCullers to end the inning though.
The game remains scoreless through three.
George Kirby got the second inning started with a strikeout of Alex Bregman. Kyle Tucker recorded the first hit for either team in his at-bat, singling into center. Yuli Gurriel singled into left to put two on and one out. Trey Mancini struck out swinging on a successful double steal by the Astros. But Kirby struck out Chas McCormick to strand both runners after falling behind 2-0 in the count.
After falling behind 1-2, Cal Raleigh worked a walk for the Mariners’ first baserunner of the day. Mitch Haniger followed that up with a walk of his own. Carlos Santana flew out to center field, but neither runner was able to advance. Adam Frazier flew out to right, and Raleigh tagged up and advanced to third. But Jarred Kelenic struck out to leave runners on the corners.
It’s scoreless after two.
George Kirby started the first inning off about as well as he could have. He got Jose Altuve to pop up to Cal Raleigh in foul territory, induced a long flyout to right-center by Jeremy Pena and popped up Yordan Alvarez in one pitch. Great start, kid.
Lance McCullers Jr. proceeded to also go three up, three down in the bottom half of the first. The Astros right-hander struck out a hard-swinging Julio Rodriguez on four pitches before getting both Ty France and Eugenio Suarez to ground out.
We are scoreless through one.
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