Seattle’s Bergman shuts out the A’s 4-0, the Mariners win the series

May 17, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

A small crowd of fans look on from centerfield seats as Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Christian Bergman throws against the Oakland Athletics in a baseball game Wednesday, May 17, 2017, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

by Jerry Feitelberg

Seattle – The Seattle Mariners, behind the superb pitching of Christian Bergman, beat the A’s 4-0 Wednesday night. The A’s lost five of the six road game and are returning home to face the Boston Red Sox for a four-game set this weekend.

Jesse Hahn started for Oakland and saw his record drop to 1-3 for the year. Hahn worked five innings and allowed five hits, four runs, three earned, walked two, and struck out six. The Mariners scored all the runs they would need to win when they scored in the first inning. Ben Gamel tripled when his ball to right got by Matt Joyce. Nelson Cruz, leading the AL in RBIs, hit a sac fly to center to drive in Gamel with the run.

The Mariners tallied three more in the fifth. The Mariners’ Boog Powell walked to start the frame. Guillermo Heredia singled. Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch moved them over with a sacrifice bunt. Jean Segura singled to drive in both to make it 3-0. Segura extended his hitting streak to sixteen in a row. Ben Gamel hit a fly ball to left center. Mark Canha called off Khris Davis, but he dropped the ball for an error, and that allowed Segura to score with the fourth run of the night.

There was no more scoring. Bergman held the A’s to just two hits and left with one out in the eighth inning. Bergman walked two and had a career-high nine strikeouts. James Pazos retired the next five A’s hitters to preserve the win for Seattle.

Game Notes- The A’s fall to 17-23 and Seattle improves to 19-22. After going 10-8 in April, the A’s have lost 15 of the last 22 games and are residing in the basement of the AL West.

The A’s continue to make errors and are leading the Major Leagues in that department. Khris Davis’ slump continues, and his batting average is barely over .200 (the Mendoza line).

Sonny Gray ( 0-1, 3.78 ERA) will pitch for Oakland Thursday night against the Red Sox. Game time is at 7:05 pm.

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