The Seattle Mariners opened their modified 2020 Baseball season against the defending American League Champions Houston Astro’s Friday Night. The Mariners showed they have the hunger, the drive but lack some experience in the 8-2 loss. Here are some quick takeaways.
MARCO GONZALES IS READY FOR PRIME TIME
The 28-year-old left-hander was making his second opening day start and was matched up against the MLB’s best pitcher in the Astro’s Justin Verlander. Gonzales proved his own. Finishing with 4.1 innings giving up 5 hits 3 earned runs two strikeouts and one walk
“I thought Marco threw the ball really well,” Servais said after the game. “Certainly the fifth inning got away from us a little bit. They hit some balls we weren’t able to convert into outs there. Against a club like the Astros, it’s 27 outs, no more. That’s [infield coach] Perry Hill’s motto, and we gave them a few too many outs tonight.”
MARINERS HAVE POWER
The Mariners started the game with a bang. Kyle Lewis hit a 438-foot homer to lead the second inning and give the M’s a quick 1-0 lead. Lewis showed his potential last year when he became the first MLB player to homer in six of his first 10career games as a September callup. Kyle Seger broke a 1-1 tie with his 199th career home run in the top of the third. The blast was Seager’s fifth against Verlander.
FATEFULL FIFTH INNING
The Mariners youthfulness reared its ugly head in the fifth inning. Second baseman Shed Long Jr. misplayed a throw from Seager on a potential double-play grounder from Astro’s catcher Martin Maldonado. Jose’ Altuve hit a deep ball to shortstop J.P. Crawford to tie the game and Michael Brantley’s three-run homer off reliever was the brunt of the damage.
10 Mariners players made their first appearance on an Opening Day roster last night: Justin Dunn, Kyle Lewis, Shed Long Jr., Tim Lopes, Matt Magill, Anthony Misiewicz, José Marmolejos, Austin Nola, Yohan Ramirez, Justus Sheffield, and Evan White.
The Mariners fielded the youngest Opening Day roster in the Majors with an average age of 27 years, 259 days (ages on 7/24)