Don’t look now but the Mariners are in contention
AP Photo credit: Ted S. Warren
The Seattle Mariners just took 2 of 3 against the Oakland Athletics proving yet again that the M’s take care of business against teams they are supposed to beat. With solid pitching and timely hitting, Seattle has now only lost one series all year (against Houston0. The M’s are now in 3rd place of the AL West knocking on the door of 1st place with an 18-12 record.
May 1 Vs Oakland W 6 – 3
Felix Hernandez would go 6 innings allowing just 3 runs in yet another strong start. With 7 strikeouts, King Felix would earn his 4th win on the season. The King was helped strongly by a 5 hit game from center fielder Dee Gordon raising his batting average to .355 on the year. Dee would swipe 2 bags bringing his season total up to 14. A 3 run homer by Nelson Cruz sealed the deal in the 5th inning.
May 2 Vs Oakland L 3 – 2
A minor meltdown by the relievers tarnished a 16 strike out performance by James Paxton. The Big Maple harassed and frustrated the Athletics allowing only 5 hits for zero runs. Unfortunately, Juan Nicasio would come in during the 8th and blow the save giving up 2 runs on a Jed Lowie homer. Edwin Diaz would allow the game winning homer in the 9th as the M’s would blow a great chance to earn a sweep.
May 3 vs Oakland W 4 – 1
Nicasio and Diaz would get their redemption as they would shut down the A’s in their relief appearance. Speaking of relievers, Wade Leblanc was called on for an emergency start. He performed admirably with 4 innings and zero runs allowed. The Athletics superstar pitcher Sean Manaea would give up the loss as Dee Gordon would light him up going 3-4, stealing 2 bases, and scoring 2 runs.