Mariners win a wild extra-inning game against the Athletics

SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 31: Ty France #23 of the Seattle Mariners scores the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Tom Murphy against the Oakland Athletics in the 10th inning at T-Mobile Park on May 31, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won 6-5. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON - MAY 31: Ty France #23 of the Seattle Mariners scores the game-winning run on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Tom Murphy against the Oakland Athletics in the 10th inning at T-Mobile Park on May 31, 2021 in Seattle, Washington. The Mariners won 6-5. (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images) /
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The Mariners won a crazy game against the Oakland Athletics, surprising many fans around not just Seattle, but the whole of major league baseball.

It all started in the 8th inning, with the Mariners up 4-2. The Mariners have done a good job lately off holding teams to a very small amount of runs, so many of us had to be feeling good with the team up two, while at home.

It would be a short-lived feeling though, as a balk (oof), and a double would each get a run home. Sean Murphy came through in the clutch for Oakland, watching Mark Canha walk home, and then driving in Matt Olson. All of a sudden the game was tied at 4-4.

The Mariners would head to extra-innings against the Athletics, and it got crazy quickly.

It seemed as if Oakland had the momentum, having been the most recent team to score. I don’t know if it’s just the feeling of being a longtime Mariners fan, but it seems like whenever a team blows a lead late, they then blow the game not too long after. Both teams are great in one-run games, with Oakland sitting at 11-6 and the Mariners sitting at 12-6.

Then in the 10th, with Zamora pitching, Oakland would start with Matt Olson on second. It seemed like the Mariners might be able to get out of it, but Tony Kemp would knock him in to give Oakland the 5-4 lead. Seattle would get out of it without any further damage.

They would have a decent shot of their own to score, as each team gets to start with a runner on second. It does still take some getting used to, and the Mariners would send Jack Mayfield out there. Ty France would rip a shot to get him in, and the game was tied.

Then, JP Crawford would hit a rocket to first base, which would usually result in at least one out with the sure-handed and gold glove winning Matt Olson taking up residence there. This time though, the ball would bounce off of his glove, and Crawford would be safe, with France advancing to third.

With just one out, all the Mariners would need was a deep drive or a poke through the infield. Tom Murphy was up, and he was able to provide the first option, hitting a deep drive to right. Ty France would scamper home, and the Mariners would win 6-5, climbing to 28-27.

The team sits just 2.5 games behind Oakland after taking the game today and will look to continue climbing the standings with their easier-than-average schedule coming up. They’ve been great in close games, and this could be one of those that you look back later in the season as a turning point. Great win today by the Seattle Mariners.

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