Originally written on Rumors and Rants  |  Last updated 10/24/14
We’re still in April, but by season’s end you’ll be hard-pressed to find a stranger baseball score than Astros 16, Mariners 9 at Safeco Field on Tuesday night. First off, it was a cold night in a pitcher’s park with two inept offenses. And not even that basic descriptor does this thing justice. Games like this are what give Tim Kurkijan a mega-boner. To wit: - The first six pitchers who faced the Astros this year set or tied their career highs for strikeouts in a single game. Houston struck out 82 times in its first seven games, which is a totally mind-boggling pace. - The Astros scored a total of nine runs in their six-game losing streak leading up to Tuesday night. They had nine runs by the end of the second inning against Seattle. - Houston racked up 22 hits against the Mariners. They had 24 total in their previous seven games. - Astros starter Erik Bedard didn’t allow a run and still didn’t win despite being spotted a 12-0 lead. How? He only pitched four innings, one shy of qua...
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