Mariners rally to down A’s in extra innings 7-6 in ten; M’s Martin goes yard to hand A’s one run loss

August 8, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Seattle Mariners’ Leonys Martin hits a solo home run during the 10th inning of a baseball game against the Oakland Athletics Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. Seattle won 7-6. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

by Jerry Feitelberg

OAKLAND-The Seattle Mariners fighting for a Wild Card playoff spot rallied from a 6-2 deficit to win the game in extra innings 7-6. The M’s entered the game a half-game behind the Kansas City Royal and Tampa Bay Rays who were tied for the second Wild Card slot. With the win, the Mariners would be in the playoffs if the season were to end today.

The A’s Kendall Graveman made his second start since coming off the disabled list. Graveman didn’t do well in his first start last week in San Francisco, Graveman pitched well but lost it in the sixth inning. His line for the night was five and 1/3rd innings pitched, and he allowed seven hits and four runs, one of which was unearned. The Mariners took advantage of three A’s errors and the failure of the  A’s bullpen to keep the M’s off the board. The Mariners used five pitchers, and their bullpen stopped the A’s offense cold.

The A’s jumped out to an early 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Rajai Davis doubled to left field. Mariners’ starter Ariel Miranda walked Marcus Semien to put men on at first and second with no out. Miranda stuck out Ryon Healy for the first out. The next hitter, Khris Davis, hit a towering fly ball to deep right field. The ball kept carrying and landed over the fence near the Raiders’ Return to Greatness” sign. It was Khrush’s 30th big fly of the season.

In the top of the third, the Mariners scored an unearned run to cut the deficit to 3-1. Graveman was sailing along as he retired the first seven hitters he faced. Mariners’ catcher Mike Zunino reached on an infield single to short and advanced to second on Marcus Semien’s throwing error. Zunino went to third on a single to left and then scored on Jean Segura’s ground out. The A’s got that run and added one more as tallied two runs in their half of the third. Ryon Healy led off with a single. He scored when Khris Davis blasted a triple off the left-center field wall. Davis scored on a Matt Chapman sacrifice fly. The A’s lead is now 5-1.

The Mariners parlayed a walk and two singles in the fourth to narrow the gap to three. With one out, Graveman walked Nelson Cruz. Kyle Seager reached on a force out. Singles by Ben Gamel and Jarrod Dyson produced the Mariners second run of the game.

In the bottom of the fifth, the A’s first baseman Ryon Healy hammered his twentieth dinger of the season that went over the 400-foot marker in center field.  The A’s now lead 6-2.

The Mariners, a team loaded with good hitters and fighting for a playoff spot, rallied to tally two runs in the top of the sixth. With one out the Mariners scored twice on the strength of two singles and a two-run double by Ben Gamel. A’s manager went to the mound and removed Graveman from the game. Ryan Dull retired the next two hitters to end the Mariners rally. Seattle trailed 6-4 midway through the sixth inning. In the seventh, the Mariners continued to chip away at the lead. Liam Hendriks was now pitching for Oakland. Hendriks retired the first batter he faced. The next hitter, Jean Segura, singled to right and then advanced to second when Matt Joyce mishandled the ball. Yonder Alonso, the former A’s first baseman and in his first game as a Mariner, singled. Segura went to third on the play. Melvin brought in the lefty, Daniel Coulombe, to pitch to Robinson Cano. Coulombe did his job as he retired Cano on a soft liner to Marcus Semien. Melvin then replaced Coulombe with Santiago Casilla. Casilla’s job was to get Nelson Cruz out. That did not happen as Cruz singled to drive in Segura with the Mariners’ fifth run of the game. Casilla struck out Kyle Seager to end the inning.

In the seventh, the Mariners continued to chip away at the lead. Liam Hendriks was now pitching for Oakland. Hendriks retired the first batter he faced. The next hitter, Jean Segura, singled to right and then advanced to second when Matt Joyce mishandled the ball. Yonder Alonso, the former A’s first baseman and in his first game as a Mariner, singled. Segura went to third on the play. Melvin brought in the lefty, Daniel Coulombe, to pitch to Robinson Cano. Coulombe did his job as he retired Cano on a soft liner to Marcus Semien. Melvin then replaced Coulombe with Santiago Casilla. Casilla’s job was to get Nelson Cruz out. That did not happen as Cruz singled to drive in Segura with the Mariners’ fifth run of the game. Casilla struck out Kyle Seager to end the inning.

The Mariners tied the game in the eighth. Simon Castro was now pitching for Oakland. The leadoff hitter, Ben Gamel, hit a rocket to A’s third baseman Matt Chapman. Chapman threw the ball past the A’s first baseman for an error. Gamel ended up on second. It was the third error of the game for Oakland. Gamel went to third on a ground out and scored when Danny Valencia, another former Oakland Athletic, hit a sac fly to center. Rajai Davis’ throw home was offline and Gamel scored the tying run.

The Mariners, in the tenth inning, took the lead for the first time. Josh Smith, the eighth A’s pitcher of the night, retired the first two hitters. The next hitter, Leonys Martin, hit a solo homer to right. Martin entered the game with a woeful batting average of just .171 and the home run was just his second of the year. The A’s rally in the bottom of the tenth fizzled and the Mariners win the game 7-6.

Game notes- Former A’s first baseman, Yonder Alonso, played his first game as a Seattle Mariner and had one hit in five tries. The other former Athletics in the game was Danny Valencia for whom the A’s received Paul Blackburn and the reliever Marc Rzepczynski who earned the win.

Khris Davis was the A’s hitting star with a home run and a triple.

The two-game series will conclude Wednesday afternoon at 12:35 pm. Jharel Cotton will pitch for the A’s and Yovani Gallardo will go for Seattle.

Time of game was three hours and twenty minutes and there were 12,354 loyal fans on hand to watch the A’s lose.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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