M’s Can’t Take Care of Business in Oakland, Loses Series to Worst AL Team | Sports Radio 93.3 KJR

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After sweeping the Angels and riding the victory train Friday night against Oakland, Seattle lost the next two games to the Athletics at the Coliseum. With the Mariners losing Saturday and Sunday (and Tampa Bay winning the last two games), there is now a three-way tie for the American League Wild Card. Seattle really must not play to the level of its opponent going forward, especially when it hosts the Washington Nationals (MLB’s worst record) for two games starting Tuesday night at T-Mobile Park. Here is a recap of the three games against Oakland:

Friday night was an offensive explosion in Seattle, thanks in part to Eugenio Suarez, who hit two home runs and five RBIs. Ty France also recorded two hits and two RBIs. Marco Gonzales went 5 1/3 innings allowing two earned runs. Those were the only two runs Oakland was able to produce in the game, where the Mariners won Game 1 by a score of 10-2.

Logan Gilbert was Seattle’s starter on Saturday night against James Kaprielian for Athletics. Both starters had very similar lines, where Gilbert and Kaprielian both went five innings, allowing two earned runs.

Seattle took a two-point lead after sacrificing two steals after four. Oakland responded with three of their own in the bottom of the fifth with singles from Nick Allen and Tony Kemp. Seattle’s Eugenio Suarez drove home the tying run on a hit in the eighth inning.

The game went into extras, and Seattle couldn’t cross the phantom runner in the top half of the 10th. In the bottom half, reliever Diego Castillo intentionally walked Seth Brown, then unintentionally walked Sean Murphy. Castillo was unable to field a chopped ground ball as Tony Kemp scored the game-winning run for Oakland, who won the middle game 4-3.

Seattle’s new ace Luis Castillo proved he was human and wrestled for the first time as a Mariner on Sunday afternoon. He allowed four earned runs in five innings, showing some command issues along the way.

Pincher Cal Raleigh (2-2, 2 doubles, RBI) and Julio Rodriguez (3-5, RBI, SB) cut Oakland’s lead to one in the seventh. Seattle had runners on the corner with one out in the eighth when JP Crawford lined up at second and Dylan Moore was knocked out short.

Oakland extended their lead in the bottom half with a double, a sacrificial bunt and a triple to make it 5-3 in favor of the A’s. It was the final score as Luis Castillo was marked by his first loss as a than Mariner.

The Washington Nationals (41-82) arrive in town Tuesday night after a day off for the M’s tomorrow. It’ll be Robbie Ray vs. Erick Fedde in Game 1, and George Kirby vs. Anibal Sanchez in Wednesday’s Noon Series Finale.

Here’s a look at Sunday night’s updated AL Wild Card standings (before BOS-BAL):

  • Toronto Blue Jays (65-55), — GB
  • Tampa Bay Rays (65-55), — GB
  • Seattle Mariners (66-56), — GB

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  • Minnesota Twins (62-57), 2.5 GB
  • Baltimore Orioles (62-58), 3.0 GB
  • Chicago White Sox (62-59), 3.5 GB
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