4. J.P. Crawford Walks Off the Texas Rangers Amidst a Heated Postseason Race
On September 28, with the race for the final AL Wild Card spot as tight as it had been all year, the Mariners began their final series of the season - a four-game set against their division rival Texas Rangers.
Down 2-1 heading into the ninth inning and with Aroldis Chapman on the mound, things seemed grim for Seattle fans, but the Mariners got to work, slowly but surely. It started off with back-to-back singles by Cal Raleigh and Dylan Moore. A wild pitch by Chapman put both runners into scoring position, and Ty France ultimately worked a walk to load the bases. Without recording a single out, Chapman was replaced by Jonathan Hernandez who got Mike Ford to flyout and Josh Rojas to pop out in foul territory.
As the final batter, J.P. Crawford stepped into the box. On a 1-1 count, Jonathan Hernandez threw a 98 mph sinker that ended up middle-middle, the perfect pitch for Crawford. With a mighty hack and the support of 43,817 fans, Crawford sent the ball all the way over the head of left-fielder Evan Carter and to the warning track, ending up as a walk-off double and keeping the Mariners season alive for at least one more game.