Bo Porter after bats go silent in Seattle
The Astros out-hit the Mariners on Monday night.
But it sure didn't feel like it.
Seattle beat Houston 3-0 to start off the three-game series at Safeco Field. The Mariners had five hits. The Astros had seven.
But while the Mariners were able to scratch out three runs against Philip Humber, who had a nice start on Monday, the Astros were not. They didn't get one.
"I think it's the entire lineup," Porter said after the game. "I wouldn't center on any one aspect of the lineup. I think it's just a collective group effort of keeping the line moving and the next guy doing his job for the next guy and the next guy doing his job for the next guy."
Since scoring eight runs in an opening day win over the Rangers, the Astros have scored nine runs in the last six games.
The Astros had seven hits on Monday but all of them were singles. They struck out eight times, which is their second-lowest total of the 2013 season. But their 3-4-5 spots accounted for six of those strikeouts. Those three positions in the order went a collective 1-for-12 against the Mariners.
Rick Ankiel, who relieved J.D. Martinez after Bo Porter pulled Martinez from the game, struck out in both of his at-bats. He now has 12 strikeouts in 14 at-bats this season.
Philip Humber pitched well, allowing three runs in six innings but the bats didn't give him any support.
"I don't think you're wasting it," Porter said, "because I think those guys are gaining confidence as it's going on."
J.D. Martinez was pulled in the third inning of Monday's game. During his postgame press conference Bo Porter called it "a managerial decision." Martinez told CSN's Julia Morales he was pulled for a "mental error." Martinez said he was caught up in the moment and it won't happen again.