Seattle Mariners Ty France swings for a first inning double off Oakland A’s pitcher Ken Waldichuk at T Mobile Field in downtown Seattle on Fri Sep 30, 2022 (AP News photo)
Mariners Clinch Playoff Spot In Walk-Off Win Over Oakland 2-1
By Barbara Mason
Friday night the Oakland A’s (56-100) took on the Seattle Mariners (85-70) in the first game of their three game series. The Mariners won it tonight to clinch a playoff spot so Seattle is in the post season with a 2-1 win over Oakland. They needed to win one of their final six games to play in the post season.
Friday game recap: Ty France doubled in the first inning driving in Dylan Moore giving Seattle the early 1-0 lead. The A’s Shea Langliers hit a solo homer in the second inning to tie up the game. That tie would stand going into the ninth inning.
This game ended in dramatic fashion with a walk off win for the Mariners giving them their sixth playoff spot. For the first time in 20 years the Mariners were headed to the postseason. With two outs, and a full count Cal Raleigh homered to right and that was the ball game 2-1. T-Mobile park was packed and 44,754 fans got to celebrate this incredible moment that was a long time coming.
Oakland pitcher Ken Waldichuk had a terrific game. He went five innings allowing three hits, one run and had eight strikeouts. Austin Pruitt took over in the sixth inning allowing no hits and no runs. A.J. Puk pitched the seventh inning. Domingo Acevedo was the closer in that ill-fated ninth inning.
The Mariners Logan Gilbert went eight innings for the first time in his career. He allowed three hits and one run with four strikeouts. There was some terrific pitching from both clubs.
The A’s will send JP Sears to the mound in the second game of this series. His ERA is 4.22 and his win/loss record is 6-3. Seattle will send Luis Castillo. He has a 3.06 ERA and a 7-6 win/loss record. First pitch will be at 1:10 PM PT.