photo credit: Ben Margot
Coming into the series with the Wild Card leading Oakland Athletics, the Seattle Mariners were 5 games behind in playoff contention. With a series split the M’s are still 5 out with just 4 weeks left. It wasn’t a longshot to gain some ground, but it is now as the M’s squandered an opportunity to get some head to head wins. While not mathematically eliminated, the remaining math doesn’t bode well for the M’s.
Aug 30 @ Oakland W 7 – 1
The Mariners jumped all over the Athletcis early with a 5 run 1st inning. The Mariners would rock Frankie Montas with early while Wade LeBlanc would win his 8th of the season with 7 shutout innings. Mitch Haniger would hit a dinger in the 4th to put the game out of reach.
Aug 31 @ Oakland L 7 – 5
Turnabout is fair play as the A’s would shell Mike Leake for 5 runs building what seemed to be an insurmountable lead. Leake’s 9th loss on the season saw him surrender 11 hits and 6 runs. The M’s would charge back in the 4th with 3 homers by Robinson Cano, Nelson Cruz, and Ryon Healy. It would tie the game before Adam Warren would give up the ghost and allow 2 more runs over 2 innings, runs which the M’s sadly could not overcome.
Sep 1 @ Oakland W 8 – 7
James Paxton would get his 11th win with a 5 inning , 3 run, 10 strikeout day. And while Alex Colome tried to give away the game in the 8th, it would be Edwin Diaz who would come on in the 8th to save the day—literally. Diaz prevented the loss with his 51st save, adding to his team record.
Sep 2 @ Oakland L 8 – 2
Just 5 days ago, Felix Hernandez looked unstoppable and he was doing well until the 6th inning when he gave up 3 runs leading to his 13th loss. The Mariner bats, as typical for them, went asleep and failed to help the Seattle pitching legend.
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