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Second game in reconfigured Safeco features eight homers

Apr 10, 2013, 1:48 AM EDT

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Yeah, but new walls or not, it’s hard to slow down offensive juggernauts like the Astros and Mariners possess.

In the second game in Safeco since the walls were brought in, those two teams combined for eight homers in a 16-9 Houston victory. Here’s the list:

Houston
Chris Carter x2
Jose Altuve
J.D. Martinez
Marwin Gonzalez

Seattle
Jason Bay
Raul Ibanez
Michael Morse

All three of Seattle’s came after Erik Bedard departed and new callup Paul Clemens came on. Clemens had a 5.78 ERA and allowed 23 homers in 143 1/3 innings in the minors last year, so his getting tattooed shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. The homers were the first for Bay and Ibanez this year. Morse is tied for the major league lead with six.

The Astros, on the other hand, had totaled two homers in seven games this season before going deep five times tonight. They homered three times off Kameron Loe, once off Charlie Furbush and once off Oliver Perez.

Larry Stone of the Seattle Times reports that it’s the third time there have been as many as eight homers hit in Safeco. There were nine hit there twice in 2004.

  1. benihanagt - Apr 10, 2013 at 1:51 AM

    Just a coincidence. All of the home runs were crushed and would have easily cleared the previous fences. Hell, there were even a couple hit into the upper deck in left.

    • qcubed3 - Apr 10, 2013 at 3:56 AM

      Also, Morse, Ibanez, Bay, and Altuve are known home run hitters, so there’s always th . . . . Altuve?

  2. rhmurphy - Apr 10, 2013 at 2:34 AM

    Where is Chone Figgins now?

  3. jeffa43 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Altuve lead the team in extra base hits last year… It will be no shock if he hits 10-15 this year… And last nights would have been gone in Yellowstone.

    • jdd428 - Apr 10, 2013 at 12:40 PM

      I think you mean he led the team. But what does it say for your offense when the guy who led the team in XBH is 5-foot-5?

  4. runteddyrun - Apr 11, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    BEAST MODE – Miss you in DC

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