I gave up last night.
When Jose Altuve made the turn at third base on a Carlos Correa single, I thought the playoff race was over. The Astros have beaten the M’s in too many big spots throughout the last two years — including a heartbreaking three game series at Safeco Field last weekend — for me to think that Seattle would be able to overcome the blown save and pick-up the W.
Then in the top of the 10th, Robinson Cano did this.
And put the ball up here.
It was Cano’s second home run of the game.
The bottom of the 11th started off with two singles, but Nick Vincent eventually managed to settle down and close out the Mariners 83rd win of the season…and keeping them two games back of the second wildcard spot.
There is two more games against the Astros, and three games at home against Oakland; if the M’s are going to bring an end to their 15 year playoff drought, they’ll need to beat up on their remaining schedule.
But for now, Seattleites are just thankful that Robinson Cano was able to put the M’s on his back and keep them in the playoff race.