· The Mariners recorded their 6th shutout of the season, including their 2nd 1-0 shutout (also: 4/29 vs. KC).
· The Mariners are now 14-18 in 1-run games this season…trail only Houston (33) in total number of 1-run games this season.
· Hisashi Iwakuma went 7.0 scoreless innings today and allowed just 2 hits and 1 walk, while striking out 8.
o Recorded his 2nd career start of at least 7.0 scoreless innings while allowing 2 or fewer hits (also: 8/12/15 vs. BAL – no-hitter).
o Earned his 10th win of the season in his 19th start, equaling his career-best for fewest starts to 10 wins (also: 2014).
o Threw first-pitch strikes to 18 of the 24 batters he faced.
· Robinson Canó (1×4, RBI) recorded his 20th RBI against the Astros this season with a single in the 6th inning…becomes the 6th player in Mariners history to drive in 20+ runs vs. a single opponent in a season (also: Bret Boone – 27 vs. TEX, 2001, Ken Griffey Jr. – 2x, 21 vs. LAA, 1996 & 24 vs. BOS, 1996, Jay Buhner – 23 vs. MIN, 1995, Edgar Martinez – 20 vs. NYY, 1995, Alex Rodriguez – 20 vs. BAL. 1996).
· Edwin Diaz leads all relievers in strikeouts since with 36 strikeouts.
o Diaz ranks 1st in club history with 36 strikeouts in his first 18 career relief appearances, ranking ahead of Danny Farquhar (34 K), Mike Schooler (32 K), Ryan Rowland-Smith (32 K) and Tony Zych (31 K).
· Leonys Martin (2×3, R, 2B, 3B, BB) recorded his 17th multi-hit game of the season.
o Martin has reached base safely at least twice in 4 consecutive games (7/9 – c)…over his last 4 games, Martin is batting .385 (5×13) with 3 runs, 1 double, 1 triple and 4 walks.
· Franklin Gutierrez (1×3) is batting .277 (13×47) with 9 runs, 2 doubles, 4 home runs and 10 RBI over his last 17 games, since June 16.
· Kyle Seager had his 14-game hitting streak snapped today.
o During the streak, he hit .453 (24×53) with 10 runs, 9 doubles, 3 home runs and 12 RBI.
· The Astros lead the Majors in games decided by 1-run with 33…Houston is now 17-16 in 1-run games.
· The Astros snapped a 5-game winning streak against the Mariners.
· Lance McCullers went 5.1 IP and allowed 1 run on 4 hits and 4 walks while striking out 8.
o Has recorded at least 6 strikeouts in each of his last 10 starts which equals the 3rd-longest streak in a single-season in club history.
· Jose Altuve (1×4, 2B, SB) has reached base safely in 31 consecutive road games, including at least 1 hit in 29 games (4//30-current)…during that stretch is batting .447 (55×123) with 22 runs scored, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 3 home runs, 21 RBI, 2 HBP, 14 walks and 8 stolen bases.
o Altuve has hit safely in 15 consecutive road games since , batting .467 (28×60) with 12 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run, 9 RBI, 1 HBP, 5 walks and 5 stolen bases.
o Has hit safely in 10 of 12 games vs. Seattle this season, batting .395 (17×43) with 11 runs scored, 5 doubles, 2 home runs, 4 RBI, 6 walks and 5 stolen bases.
· George Springer snapped a 10-game hitting streak at Safeco Field.
ASTROS MANAGER A.J. HINCH:
On having a good chance with the hitters coming up in the 9th inning:
“Yeah at the start of the inning when you have Marwin leading off and then into the middle of our order we felt pretty good about it. But you know obviously couldn’t scratch across a run at any point in the game, even in the 9th. Close game. Couple big mistakes by us that we couldn’t get back. And then ultimately you gotta score to win.”
On what mistakes were made:
“We didn’t run the bases great. We didn’t create any offense. Mostly about the offense. I think Iwakuma had his secondary pitches going. Threw a ton of first pitch strikes. We had a hard time adjusting to his secondary pitches. And then obviously the big triple, infield in, Canó gets a good piece of hitting and gets a run in. We had a couple opportunities late, felt like in the 8th and 9th both we had guys on base, we just didn’t create enough offense.”
On having a chance after Altuve’s bunt:
”Yeah, obviously having Altuve at second, he stole third, created a little bit of pressure for them. But, right-handed hitters against Cishek, it’s a very difficult at bat for them. So obviously Correa works to a 3-1 count, ends up striking out. And then Valbuena works it to a near walk and then he landed a pitch on him on 3-2. He’s their closer for a reason, so I think he closed out a 1-run game, they win.”