Um, I’d rather not talk about last night’s game. I turned on MLB.tv and the M’s were down 5-0 in the first? That’s not something you want to see against the division rival just ahead of you in the Wild Card standings.
But, thank God, today is another opportunity to gain ground in both the division and the WC standings.
After that 17-10 August, the M’s are 0-1 in September. That needs to change for the better tonight.
Seattle Mariners: 73-63. Last 10: 5-5.
Oakland Athletics: 79-58. Last 10: 4-6.
Game Time: 7:05 PM Pacific. Location: Oakland, California. O.Co Coliseum.
Sonny Gray struggled mightily in August, but still remains the veritable ace of the Oakland staff. Paxton still has only 1 Major League loss to his name. And though he hasn’t looked totally dominant, that 1.83 ERA speaks volumes of the work he has been putting in. This game could go either way.
Of Note: Miller’s solo shot in the 6th inning off of Jason Hammel was the lone score for the Mariners last night. Aside from the dinger the team collectively managed just 2 additional hits, and one baserunner via the walk.
Derek Norris DH
Of Note: the A’s knocked Chris Young around in the first inning last night to the tune of 5 runs. Taijuan Walker then pitched an emergency 6 innings (he was originally slated to start tonight’s game) in which he gave up just one earned run. In all Oakland amassed 11 hits and walked 4 times in the 9 innings.
The Mariners have been resilient all season, and tonight will be no different. They will claw and find what they need to win this game, because even though this team is young, they are well aware of the opportunity in front of them.
Mariners 3, Oakland 2