The Mariners beat the Astros’ Jordan Alvarez in Game 2 of the ALDS.

HOUSTON — The Mariners’ best pitcher and one of the most dominant pitchers early this postseason, he took to the mound preparing for another fight with the team leading with a single and a tie in the sixth inning. Astros’ best hitter and one of the most dominant hitters in baseball this season, the player was ready to shatter the hopes and dreams of postseason starters to attack from a box bigger than his record of 6-5, 225 pounds. . Their American League dynasty. Given what happened on Tuesday night and the deliciously dramatic nature of postseason baseball, another encounter between Luis Castillo and Yordan Alvarez had to happen. Including after retiring Alvarez twice with weak out-outs and shallow pop-outs, Castillo didn’t seem to know how to roar, expecting 47,774 innings. He wasn’t interested in walking, he was ready to hit anything, anywhere. Castillo hit a 98 mph sinker on his first pitch, about 5 inches from the plate Alvarez fouled. Castillo, who knew he didn’t need to throw strikes to swing Alvarez, didn’t. He threw another sinker at 98 mph. However, this pitch is about an inch closer to the plate than the previous pitch and is all Alvarez needs. He started a line drive with a short porch known as the Crawford Boxes, hitting a two-run homer first, and eventually gave the Mariners another soul-breaking punch in a 4-2 loss to the Astros. I thought. , really, the last few games you competed as best you could,” coach Scott Servais said. “We left everything there. Unfortunately Yordan swung on the ball and took it out of the park. .There is not much you can do about it.” The Mariners, who lost their second straight streak due to Alvarez’s late innings heroic game, must now recover and try not to get knocked out in Game 3. Catcher Cal Raleigh said: “We’re going to be back with a little revenge on Saturday and we’ll be ready to go. “I’ll finish it on Saturday and bring it back for Game 5 again on Sunday.” I know how hard it is to win on the road and it will be very difficult for them to win in Seattle,” Servais said. “I will tell you because I know what it will be like when our crowd goes.” Perhaps the scariest thing is that by retiring Jeremy Pena, who was just as troublesome as Alvarez getting on base, the Mariners could have finished the 6th without Alvarez stepping into the plate. Not wanting to allow extra hits with a one-point lead with Julio Rodriguez playing a little deeper than usual, Pena lofted a pop fly into shallow center field. It reminded me of JP Crawford’s bass load pop out in Toronto. Rodriguez slowed down, didn’t dive and didn’t want to collide with Frazier. And if Rodriguez dives and fails to catch, Pena has a double or triple and a tie run is in a scoring position, which is why he avoids the whole situation and plays deep. And a clash between the two? worst result. “It’s just a tough play,” Rodriguez said. “I’m not happy that the ball dropped whenever I put the ball in the middle and let the two of them run straight to each other, but I’m glad there were no injuries of any kind. We all saw what happened in Toronto.” Alvarez was once again able to play the hero. “He was playing great.” Alvarez said. “He is a great pitcher. But I met him a couple of times early in the game, and I just went up there, and I was trying to find a good ball to make good contact with.” Castillo didn’t want to throw the ball around him. He was aiming for a third straight at-bat. He said through interpreter Freddy Llanos, “I play with the mindset of ‘If I like you, I’m good’ against any batter.” “I came with the same plan to just let him go and he could touch the ball.” “It was amazing,” Castillo said. “The stadium location was amazing. All credit to him. He was able to get in touch and score a home run.” Alvarez took advantage of his home park. “I thought it wasn’t about pulling the ball when the pitch was outside,” he said. “I’ve fouled a few times on the pitch, and I’ve fallen under it several times.” Castillo’s last line: pitched 7 innings, ran 5 hits, allowed 3 runs, and struck out 5. His only major mistake pitching was a hanging slider where Kyle Tucker solo homer in the second inning for a 1-0 early lead. The aftermath of that strategy in the 8th. Seattle’s best reliever this season, Andres Munoz, sent Peña with two outs. Servais deliberately decided to take Alvarez for a walk and take a chance with Alex Bregman. “Obviously Alvarez did some damage to us in this series,” Servais said. “He is hot right now. You have to recognize it.” Bregman, who hit a two-run home run from Munoz on Tuesday, ambushed a 101-mile fastball from the first pitch and hit a hit in right field to score Pena’s two-run lead. There will be a lot of debate about Alvarez hurting them, but Seattle still scored just two runs, despite having five hits and seven walks. The Mariners were 1-6 with the runners in the scoring position and 9 runners stranded. They are 18-57 when conceding three or fewer runs this season. The Mariners conceded just two runs to Astros starting Framber Valdez in the fourth inning and lost focus and rhythm. He fell behind Mitch Hanniger and switched to a double line with a 3-1 fastball in the middle. When the runner is at second and third base, Carlos Santana hits a slow bouncer between the mound and third base line. Valdez hurried home from the mound. The ball passed catcher Martin Maldonado so Suarez could score. Santana, who was expected to come in second by error, ran down and was sent off. Dylan Moore made up for the error by conceding a single from right fielder Haniger on the first pitch he saw at Valdez. Seattle leads 2-1, but that’s all Seattle has against him. Valdez returned to 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 5th, shoving Thai France into a short out by the bottom of the 6th, striking out Eugenio Suarez’s swing, then throwing 4 balls in the 5th in a row and betting Haniger. His outing ended as Carlos Santana doubled to the right center gap and placed the runners second and third. Astros manager Dusty Baker said avoiding the superficial numbers that switch-hitting catcher Cal Raleigh does better on the left side of the plate. Went to right-handed Hector Neris. Raleigh finished the inning with a smooth landing from right field in the first at bat from the left. He recorded three walks and six strikeouts. “I think we finished the inning (four innings) with Carl Raleigh’s line drive bullets running into center field,” Servais said. “In another inning, there was traffic when Alvarez played well when Geno (Suarez) hit a soft liner in left field. And we line out (double play) in the ninth.” BOX SCORE Ryan Divish: 206-464-2373 or rdivish@seattletimes.com; Twitter: @RyanDivish. Ryan Divish handles Mariners in Seattle and on the road. Check out his ‘Extra Innings’ podcast during the season and his weekly Sunday mailbag.
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