Dee Gordon is extra innings hero to salvage a win in Oakland


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The Seattle Mariners avoided a sweep in Oakland on the heroics of Dee Gordon. The Athletics literally put a hurt on the M’s as they now have a 2 ½ game lead on the True to the Blue while also lining a ball off of ace pitcher James Paxton forcing him to the disabled list.

Robinson Cano would make his off of suspension with 3 hits in 9 at bats. He didn’t have any extra base hits or runs, but it will be interesting to see if that production is just around the corner.


Aug 13  @           Oakland               L             7 – 6

Too little too late was the name of the game on Monday. Spotting the A’s an early 4 run lead, Marco Gonzales looked as if he didn’t have much in the way of stuff. He surrendered 8 hits to go with those 3 runs and was relieved at the end of the 5th.

The M’s couldn’t get past the A”s ace Sean Manea who would go 7 2/3rd inning of 5 hit ball. He would earn his 11th win, but not easily as the bullpen almost gave up the game. 2 runs in the 8th and an additional 3 runs in the 9th got the Mariners within 1 run before A’s reliver Blake Treinen got the better of Nelson Cruz for the final out.

Aug 14  @           Oakland               L             3 – 2

A horrified Mariner fanbase saw a line drive off of James Paxton’s throwing arm knock him out of the game in the 1st inning. Felix Hernandez would pitch in relief for 5 2/3rd strong innings allowing just 2 runs. He did not look like the dominant force of yesteryear; however, He put the Ms in a position to win. Unfortunately, the offense wouldn’t show up as the best they could muster was 2 runs on 9 hits.

Aug 15  @           Oakland               W           2 – 0

Dee Gordon is not known as a power hitter—he has just 12 in his 8 years as a pro. He did however, hit a 2 run dinger, his second of the year, in the 12th inning to get the go ahead and winning run. Gordon would salvage a series that was looking pretty awful, but it is moments like these that can jumpstart a season.

Mike Leake looked very good with 8 shutout innings. Allowing just 2 hits and 1 walk, Leake looks to be a hard luck performer as he seems to fail to get run production when he pitches—Felix Hernandez could empathize.


AL West W L Pct GB
Houston 74 47 .612 0.0
Oakland 72 49 .595 2.0
Seattle 70 52 .574 4.5
LA Angels 62 60 .508 12.5
Texas 53 69 .434 21.5


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Abraham DeWeese is an avid local sports fan and a “Man-About-Town” in the Seattle sports scene. He's a lifelong resident of the Seattle area, living in the beautiful Greenlake neighborhood.