Chris Flexon made seven shutdown innings and supported Tom Murphy and Jacob Nottingham’s home runs, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Texas Rangers 5–0.
Seattle – Get off to an ugly start and Chris Flexon’s pitching has proved to be one of the pleasant developments for the Seattle Mariners during the first two months of the season.
His latest outing may be his best.
Flexon threw seven shutdown innings and supported the home runs of Tom Murphy and Jacob Nottingham in the Mariners’ 5–0 win over the Texas Rangers on Thursday night.
Flexon used a mix of his fastballs and cutters to silence the Rangers and return from his worst start of the year with his best performance since returning from a stint in South Korea.
“He was definitely disappointed and disappointed with his last outing. Seattle manager Scott Cervais said, “He got tackled very well by a very good team.” “But tonight came with a lot of attention, really chasing it with the cutter. Last time he pitched against Texas it was a successful pitch and I thought his cutter was better tonight, which was a few weeks Was there before. So there’s tons of credit to that.”
The big right-hander scattered three hits, and only Willy Calhoun pushed forward to first base, when his slicing triple thwarted Jared Kellenic’s diving effort in the sixth inning.
Flexon (5-2) hit a six and walked only one. His outing was a significant change from his last outing against San Diego, when Flexon failed to get out of the second inning, giving up 10 hits and eight earned runs, recording only five outs.
Pitching overseas has made a solid comeback for Flexon, it was an outsider. He has allowed an earned run or less in five of his nine starts.
“It was just trying to get back on track and stay mentally off and not let it affect you,” Flexon said.
Rafael Montero and Keenan Middleton finished Seattle’s fourth shutout of the season. Rangers manager Chris Woodward was nervous at the plate with the outlook and results, especially after losing to Flexon earlier this month in Texas.
“We’re a big league offense. We should be proud of ourselves for doing a better job than that,” Woodward said. “The kind of man we think we can handle very well.”
Seattle’s bats kept getting sporadic, but became very aggressive in an instant. Murphy and Nottingham made a deep comeback after starter Colby Allard in the third inning.
The Mariners did not get another hit until Ty France’s broken bat advanced to seventh, but it was the beginning of a three-run outburst. Jack Mayfield greeted reliever Brett Martin with a two-run double and Mitch Haniger added an RBI single.
In the first inning, Hanniger nearly hit his 14th homer of the season, only to be stole it over the wall by Adolis Garcia.
Two solo homers allowed by Allard (1–1) in his first start of the season were the only hits. Allard had not played more than three innings in a game this season, but did play four innings and scored four runs.
“I was feeling pretty strong from one to four. I wasn’t in fourth place this year, so I didn’t think they would let me go much further than that, but I felt pretty good all the way,” Allard said.
Seattle continued to rotate bodies through their bullpen on Thursday, selecting veteran lefty Hector Santiago and recalling left-hander Daniel Zamora from Triple-A Tacoma. The Mariners chose right-handed Wyatt Mills and Yohan Ramirez after several days of heavy bullpen usage. Seattle is also nominated for right-handed batsman Sam Delaplane.
Santiago has pitched with four teams in the Major. They split the 2019 season between the New York Mets and the Chicago White Sox, with a total of 19 games going 1–1 with a 6.68 era.
Rangers: Surgery was performed on Thursday to remove an aneurysm in the right hand of RHP Kohei Arihara. The surgery was performed by vascular surgeon Dr. Gregory Pearl in Dallas and removed the aneurysm and repaired the artery. Rangers said Arihara will have a follow-up tour in about a month, with no throwbacks in the interim. … RHP Hunter Wood returned to his home in Arkansas for the birth of his fourth child and will be further assessed upon his return.
Meriners: LHP Marco Gonzales (forearm strain) is expected to return to the rotation against Oakland next Tuesday, Cervais said. Gonzales will have a limited pitch count to start.
Rangers: RHP Jordan Lyles (2-3, 5.94) threw six innings in each of his last two starts. The Rangers have won four of the last five matches started by Lyall.
Meriners: LHP Justus Sheffield (3-4, 5.11) is trying to make a comeback after a poor start in their last outing against San Diego. Sheffield ran a season-high five and matched the season-high with five earned runs in the loss to the Padres.
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