Mariners Take Opener Over Athletics, Tied For Wild-Card


The Seattle Mariners took game one of a critical three-game series against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field Friday 4-2. James Paxton pitched six strong innings allowing just two runs (one earned) as he benefited from the Mariners home run derby off the Athletics staff.

Robinson Cano homered in the first to get the M’s out in front. early. When Oakland tied it in the 4th at 2-2, Logan Morrison homered in the 5th to put the M’s back in front 3-2. Kendrys Morales added an insurance home run in the 6th.

Fernando Rodney closed it out for his franchise record-tying 45th save of the season.

The Mariners moved into a tie with Kansas City for the 2nd AL Wild-Card spot. They are also now just a half game back of Oakland for the first wild-card spot.

The American League West seems all but wrapped up for the surging Angels now, but being in the first wild-card position is something the Mariners should desperately want. It would ensure that Felix Hernandez, pitches the one-game wild-card game, at home.

Speaking of Felix, he takes the mound tonight opposite Sonny Gray with that top wild-card spot on the line.




Coco CrispCF400001103.254
Jonny GómesLF301000102.239
Josh ReddickPH-RF200000202.245
Josh Donaldson3B501100203.255
Derek NorrisDH-C300001102.271
Jed LowrieSS400000304.247
Nate Freiman1B311000100.218
Alberto CallaspoPH-1B000001000.228
Geovany SotoC100000000.211
Jason HammelP100000000.000
Billy BurnsPH101000010.167
Eric O’FlahertyP000000000.000
Dan OteroP000000000.000
Adam DunnPH100000001.224
Evan ScribnerP000000000.000
Fernando AbadP000000000.000
Nick Punto2B300000002.203
Brandon MossPH101000000.239
Sam FuldRF-LF311101111.248


RBI – J Donaldson (94), S Fuld (31)

2-out RBI – J Donaldson

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – C Crisp 1, J Donaldson 1, J Lowrie 3, S Fuld 1

Team LOB – 10


SB – B Burns (2, 2nd base off J Paxton/M Zunino), S Fuld (20, 2nd base off J Paxton/M Zunino)


E – G Soto (2, throw)

DP – 1 (J Lowrie-N Punto-N Freiman)


Austin JacksonCF400000201.265
Dustin AckleyLF300000100.249
James JonesLF000000000.250
Chris DenorfiaPH-LF100000000.203
Robinson Canó2B412110000.323
Kendrys MoralesDH311110000.225
Kyle Seager3B210001110.274
Michael SaundersRF300000201.271
Mike ZuninoC301100100.197
Logan Morrison1B312110001.241
Stefen RomeroPR000000000.195
Justin Smoak1B000000000.203
Brad MillerSS301000102.217


2B – M Zunino (18, J Hammel); L Morrison (15, D Otero)

HR – R Cano (13, 1st inning off J Hammel 0 on, 2 Out), K Morales (7, 6th inning off E O’Flaherty 0 on, 2 Out), L Morrison (8, 5th inning off J Hammel 0 on, 1 Out)

RBI – R Cano (76), K Morales (41), M Zunino (52), L Morrison (30)

2-out RBI – R Cano, K Morales

Runners left in scoring position, 2 out – B Miller 2

GIDP – A Jackson

Team LOB – 2


SB – K Seager (7, 3rd base off J Hammel/G Soto)

CS – R Cano (3, 2nd base by E O’Flaherty/D Norris)


E – K Seager (9, throw); B Miller (18, field)



Jason Hammel(L, 2-6)5.04331621.354.76
Eric O’Flaherty1.02110110.982.45
Dan Otero1.01000001.082.02
Evan Scribner0.10000100.583.12
Fernando Abad0.20000000.821.51


James Paxton(W, 6-2)6.04213801.081.83
Carson Smith(HLD, 1)1.20001200.640.00
Charlie Furbush(HLD, 18)0.10000001.163.63
Fernando Rodney(SV, 45)1.02000201.302.49

WP – J Paxton

Pitches-strikes – J Hammel 78-50; E O’Flaherty 13-9; D Otero 10-6; E Scribner 7-5; F Abad 9-5; J Paxton 102-57; C Smith 28-15; C Furbush 3-2; F Rodney 15-11

Ground balls-fly balls – J Hammel 4-5; E O’Flaherty 1-2; D Otero 2-1; E Scribner 0-0; F Abad 1-0; J Paxton 6-4; C Smith 3-0; C Furbush 0-1; F Rodney 1-1

Batters faced – J Hammel 19; E O’Flaherty 4; D Otero 4; E Scribner 1; F Abad 2; J Paxton 27; C Smith 6; C Furbush 1; F Rodney 5

Game Details

Game Time: 2:44.

Umpires: HP–David Rackley. 1B–Mike Muchlinski. 2B–Jim Wolf. 3B–Brian Gorman.

Weather: 70 degrees, Clear.

Wind: 2 mph, Out to Center.

Attendance: 29,090.