The Seattle Mariners are hardly hitting the best way they’d prefer to be in late September chasing a long-overdue, elusive playoff berth.
Luis Castillo received knocked out within the fifth inning and the contending Mariners managed only one hit, falling to the Oakland Athletics 4-1 on Tuesday night time in Oakland, California.
Carlos Santana’s infield single within the second inning was all of the Mariners may muster on the plate in opposition to JP Sears (6-2) and 4 relievers.
“We haven’t had a superb street journey. We swung the bats fairly nicely yesterday, I believed we had been able to get out of it,” supervisor Scott Servais stated. “We had their starter on the ropes within the second inning and we let him wiggle off solely getting the one run. Credit score to him, he hung in there and finally ends up going 5 innings. However we actually must do extra offensively.”
Seattle remained one-half recreation behind Tampa Bay for the third and remaining AL wild-card spot.
The Mariners have a magic variety of 11 to succeed in the playoffs for the primary time since their 116-win season of 2001. However Seattle once more struggled to beat the last-place A’s in Oakland, the place the Mariners misplaced two of three on the Coliseum from Aug. 19-21.
“We’re banged up proper now, all people is aware of it,” Servais stated, “however the remainder of the league doesn’t care.”
Castillo (7-6) is 3-2 in 9 begins since being acquired from Cincinnati on the commerce deadline. He matched his shortest outing of the season at 4 2/3 innings.
The All-Star right-hander was tagged for 4 runs on six hits, struck out 4 and walked two. Tony Kemp’s three-run homer highlighted a four-run fifth — he related for his seventh homer, then Vimael Machin and Sean Murphy doubled.
“I didn’t really feel annoyed. That’s not my mentality,” Castillo stated. “It was a foul day that each athlete has at times.”
Sam Haggerty drew a bases-loaded stroll from Sears within the second for the Mariners’ lone run. Sears allowed one hit in 5 innings and struck out seven.
Sears rediscovered his fastball command after two disappointing begins and received for the primary time in 5 outings since beating Seattle on Aug. 21 in his solely earlier look in opposition to the Mariners.
Domingo Acevedo completed for his third save. The A’s are attempting to complete with any momentum they will discover — they usually get one other playoff hopeful within the New York Mets subsequent.
“This group in our division, they’ve had a whole lot of success over the past two seasons in opposition to our membership and we’re conscious of that, however on the similar time we all know our challenges with each of those groups being within the playoffs … however that doesn’t imply that we are able to’t struggle, that doesn’t imply that we’re not going to exit and compete each night time and attempt to win baseball video games,” A’s supervisor Mark Kotsay stated. “You noticed that tonight. The bullpen got here in within the sixth and did a terrific job.”
Ty France went 0 for 3 with a stroll and two strikeouts as designated hitter for Seattle after taking a pitch within the foot throughout Monday’s 9-1 win over the Angels in Anaheim.
Mariners: 3B Eugenio Suárez, positioned on the injured checklist Saturday with a fractured proper index finger, noticed a hand specialist Monday in Arizona and the hope is he’ll start taking swings this week off a tee and within the cage. “The very first thing is to get a bat in his hand and see what that looks like,” Servais stated. “The Blue Jays are in all probability not joyful about it, to be trustworthy.” … C Cal Raleigh was out of the lineup for the fourth time in 5 video games due to a sore left thumb. Servais stated he’s “enhancing, the swelling has gone down somewhat bit.” He’s day after day.
Athletics: CF Ramón Laureano continues to be being evaluated after he went on the 10-day injured checklist Saturday with a proper hamstring pressure and it’s unclear whether or not he’ll play once more this season. He already missed time from Aug. 15-Sept. 5 with a strained left indirect muscle.
The A’s recalled outfielder Conner Capel from Triple-A Las Vegas and optioned outfielder Cody Thomas to Las Vegas. Capel began in proper area, making his A’s debut.
LHP Robbie Ray (12-10, 3.72 ERA) pitches the center recreation for the Mariners on Wednesday night time having posted a 2.41 ERA with 28 strikeouts in three begins vs. Oakland this yr. The A’s counter with RHP James Kaprielian (3-9, 4.70).
— The Related Press
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