The Mariners took down the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday night to take 2 of 3 from the AL West rivals. The M's put up 13 runs on 17 hits, and continue to play fantastic baseball. With the win, the Mariners are now 28-18 and are 1.5 games above the Texas Rangers for first place in the American League West. Here's how things played out on Wednesday night in the series finale with the 20-28 Oakland Athletics.
On the mound, RHP Hisashi Iwakuma made his tenth start of the year. Iwakuma went 7.0 innings striking out 4 giving up 3 runs on 8 hits (all earned). Hisashi earned himself the win and now has a record of 4-3 with an ERA of 4.33. In relief, RHP Joaquin Benoit (3.38 ERA) and RHP Steve Johnson (1.13 ERA) tossed the next 2 innings. Relief gave up only 2 hits combined while striking out 2 A's on the night.
Offensively, the M's put up an impressive 17 hits on Wednesday night. 1B Adam Lind (.242 AVG) went 4-4 at the plate with 4 hits and 6 RBI! Lind connected for TWO HR on Wednesday night and now has 5 HR on the season. 2B Robinson Canó (.295 AVG) connected for his fourteenth HR of 2016, a solo shot, a part of his 2-hit night at the plate. DH Nelson Cruz (.293 AVG) had himself a 3-hit night going 3-4 at the plate with 2 RBI. 3B Kyle Seager (.256 AVG) went 2-5 at the plate with 2 hits and an RBI. SS Luis Sardiñas (.200 AVG) also had a 2-hit night (2-4 at the plate) with 1 RBI for the M's.
The Mariners will now look to continue a season of what has been success starting Friday night. The M's will start up a 3-game weekend series in Seattle with the worst team in baseball so far this season, the 12-34 Minnesota Twins. RHP Felix Hernandez (4-3, 2.21 ERA) will face MIN LHP Pat Dean (0-1, 3.86 ERA). Catch this one on ROOT Sports NW, or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle! First pitch start time- 7:10 PM PAC, 10:10 PM ET.
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.