Kyle Seager took the Seattle Mariners on his shoulders for a big win against the Houston Astros Wednesday afternoon (April 23). Seager hit two home runs and drove in five runs to spur the team to an important 5-3 victory. This win ended an eight-game losing streak for the team and helped them to stay out of last place in the American League West.
With one on and one out in the seventh inning, Seager hit a two-run homer off Jarred Cosart to draw the team within one run. Then in the bottom of the ninth inning, he followed singles by Cano and Corey Hart with a three-run homer deep into the seats. It allowed the crowd of just 13,739 to celebrate for quite a while and it might have just given the team a much-needed spark.
Chris Young got the start, but had to leave after seven innings of work. He didn't factor into the decision and it was Fernando Rodney that registered the win after pitching the ninth inning for the team. Before that seventh inning where Seager connected for the first time in the game, the offense had been pretty anemic again and still only finished with seven hits on the day.
In the updated MLB standings, the Seattle Mariners are now 5 1/2 games behind the Texas Rangers for first place in the division. Their 8-13 record is still the second worst in the AL, though, showing that the team still needs to get more wins on this home stand. As coincidence would have it, they will next play against the Rangers at home on Friday (April 25). It is expected that Roenis Elias will start for the team in that game.
So far in his rookie season, Elias has started four games for the Mariners. He has posted a 3.22 ERA and 1.34 WHIP over 22 1/3 innings, but has also walked 11 batters in that time. He will have to master his control if he wants to find success against the Rangers again. He made an April 14 start against them that results in his first win for the team after allowing just one run over 6 2/3 innings.