By Kahlil Najar
OAKLAND – Jesse Chavez and Evan Scribner gave up four runs a piece and the Oakland Athletics were defeated by the Seattle Mariners 9 – 5. Chavez gave up a pair of 2-run homers to Logan Morrison and Seth Smith while Scribner tossed up two two-run shots to Nelson Cruz and Brad Miller. Scribner has now allowed 9 home runs this season, the most among AL relievers.
With the loss tonight the A’s have clinched their first losing record before the All-Star break since 2009.
It didn’t start bad for Oakland. The A’s were able to string together back-to-back-to-back singles from Brett Lawrie, Josh Reddick and Mark Canha. Canha’s single was able to bring in Lawrie who had moved to third on Josh Reddick’s single and give the A’s a 1-0 lead. Next up was Marcus Semien who hit a high grounder to short which ultimately got him out at first but was high enough to get Reddick to cross home and make it 2-0. Mr. Reliable and ROY candidate Billy Burns was ip next and hit his 10th double of the year and get Canha home to give the A’s a 3-0 lead going into the fourth.
Jesse Chavez gave up a lead off single to Mike Zunino to start the fourth. The next batter, Logan Morrison who was 3 for 12 against Chavez lifetime, blasted the first pitch he saw to deep right center to give Seattle their first two runs of the game and make it a 3-2 game with Oakland sill in the lead.
The teams battled back and forth for a few innings until the top of the sixth when former Athletic Seth Smith hit his seventh home run of the year with another Mariner on board to give Seattle a 4-3 lead.
Then the Eighth inning came and the A’s imploded.
With Chavez still in the game he gave up a double to Robinson Cano to start the inning. After the double, Melvin believed Chavez had enough and brought in Evan Scribner to get the last six outs of the game. Unfortunately for Melvin and the A’s he tossed up a meaty cutter on his third pitch of the inning to Nelson Cruz who crushed it out of the park and gave the Mariners a 6-3 lead.
Scribner then gave up a double to Kyle Seager who then moved to third on a ground out by Seth Smith. The next batter Dustin Ackley hit a sharp grounder to first base that careened off his glove and allowed Seager to score and make it a 7-3 game.
Two pitches later Scribner tossed a 72-mph curveball to Brad Miller who also launched it out of the park and gave the Mariners a commanding 8-3 lead.
The A’s were able to muster up a pair of runs in the bottom of the ninth after some great pinch hitting by Eric Sogard, a single from Reddick and double by Canha but Mariners were able to get Semien and Burns to ground out to end the game with a final score of 9-5.
The A’s are now 2-6 against the Mariners are in sole possession of last place in the AL West.
The Mariners and Athletics head back at it tomorrow afternoon when the A’s send Kendall Graveman (5-4, 3.47) against Felix Hernandez (10-4, 3.05), game time 1:05pm.