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To no one’s surprise the Seattle Mariners were unable to find a way to win against the Oakland Athletics. While the A’s soar to playoff contention with a bunch of unknowns and journeymen, the M’s sink to the depths of uselessness hoping to one day win. The Athletics are now 9 games over .500, have a better record than Boston, and year after year they find a way to remain relevant. Eleven games ahead, they show the Mariners how a franchise can do the most with the least… a model we can only dream of as for 20 years the scrappiest franchise on earth has owned the local True to the Blue.
“Not all victories are created equal.”
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 8, 2019
Jul 5 vs Oakland L 5 – 2
Yusei Kikuchi had a decent outing but it wouldn’t be good enough to take out the Oakland A’s on Saturday as the M’s offense, defense, and bullpen would betray him. Kikuchi was tagged with his 6th loss of the season as he went 7 innings striking out 5 and allowing just 2 runs.
“The last two games actually I’ve been feeling pretty good, so I wanted to end the first half of the season on a good note,” Kikuchi said through an interpreter.
Domingo Santana would look lost in the outfield as his 2 errors would allow 2 unearned runs forcing Kikuchi out of the game. The offense managed 5 hit and a walk but could only find 2 runs. Tom Murphy would have a solo shot in the 5th and JP Crawford would hit a SAC fly to put up a paltry score.
While the A’s were ahead 3-2 going into the 9th, Danny Altavilla did the M’s no favors as he allowed a 2 run double giving Oakland the insurance runs they needed to close out the game.
— Mike Gillespie (@MikeABCColumbia) July 7, 2019
Jul 6 vs Oakland W 6 – 3
Marco Gonzales would find a way to get his 10th win on the year as he carried the team to victory. With an 8 inning 2 run game that saw ruthless efficiency to see the A’s sat down one after the other. Gonzales would get 6 Ks on the evening and allow just 6 base runners. Marco started the season 5-0 but then hit the skids with 6 losses in a rows. He has turned it around as of late and is now 10-7 on the year.
The Mariner bats would get hot as both Daniel Vogelbach and Kyle Seager would go yard. Seager would collect 3 RBIs in the game as Domingo Santana would collect 3 hits. On a whole the M’s pulled in 7 hits and 2 walks. They still left 4 runners on and failed to score with runners in scoring position, however, we will take that win.
Liam collects his fifth save, and gives us a series win before the break!
— Oakland A's (@Athletics) July 7, 2019
Jul 7 vs Oakland L 7 – 4
The opener Mark Carasiiti was drilled for 4 runs off of 4 hits as he failed to make it out of the 1st inning. Down 5-0, the Mariners could not rally to get within striking distance of the A’s. Wade LeBlanc came in and had an okay 6 2/3rd inning; however, the M’s defense again looked abysmal and the offense failed to be clutch.
Dylan Moore collected his 7th error and a Mariner squad that collected 11 hits could only manage 4 runs. The M’s left 6 men on base and only hit 2-8 with men n runners in scoring position. Compare that to the efficiency of the A’s scoring 7 on 8 hits and you can see why the M’s lose as much as they do.