What’s happening in Oakland?
Or, more accurately, what’s happening to Oakland in Seattle?
Hisashi Iwakuma followed the script handed to Felix Hernandez last night, exiting after 3.2 IP and a grand total of 6 hits, 5 runs, 2 walks, and 3 strikeouts. Stephen Pryor received the nod as handpicked closer of the night, ending the ‘pen’s 17-inning scoreless streak with an RBI sac fly to Yoenis Cespedes in the 9th.
Tonight, there were no MLB debuts or single baseball fans to distract us from another 6-1 loss. For the second night in a row, Cespedes benefitted from another error, this time scoring Oakland’s first run on a line drive popped off Kyle Seager’s glove.
For their part, the Mariners found little satisfaction in scoring runs, redeeming Michael Saunders’ Safeco’d home run on an RBI force out by Trayvon Robinson. After the A’s broke out with four runs in the 4th, the M’s retaliated with three hits and a walk, sticking one man in scoring position and and forgetting to find ways to drive him home.
Tomorrow, the Mariners look to escape a sweep with Jason Vargas on the mound against Oakland southpaw Tommy Milone.
Next game: vs. Athletics | September 9 | 1:10pm