The Mariners were narrowly defeated on Friday night by the 52-64 Oakland Athletics in what was game 1 of this 3 game series in OakTown. With little to no pitching available on Friday night, the Mariners called to AAA Tacoma and pulled up RHP Joe Wieland, who made his Mariners debut. Wieland was shaky, but he did have himself a promising performance. Relief pitching was great, as it has been for most of this year for Seattle, but the hole was too deep to come out of in the 6-3 loss to the Athletics. With the loss, the M's have fallen to a W-L record of 60-54 on the season, but are still strong contenders in that American League Wild Card race.
Offensively on Friday night the Mariners combined to put up 3 runs on 4 hits off of OAK LHP Sean Manaea, and RHP Ryan Dull. LF Shawn O'Malley (.246 AVG), who has been swinging a hot stick went 2-for-3 on the night with a pair of hits for an RBI. Shawn connected for an RBI triple in the top of the sixth inning, plating SS Ketel Marte to get the M's within 1 run of Oakland. The triple is O'Malley's 2nd of the season, and the RBI, his 14th. Also contributing offensively for Seattle was 3B Kyle Seager (.285 AVG) who went 1-for-3 at the plate notching his 22nd homer of the season off of OAK LHP Sean Manaea in the top of the fifth inning. Seager now has 73 RBI on the season with 22 homers! RF Franklin Gutierrez (.249 AVG) didn't connect for a hit on Friday night (0-for-2), but he did connect for a sacrifice fly in the top of the sixth inning, plating LF Shawn O'Malley to give the Mariners a tying 3 runs with Oakland at that point. Guti now has total of 29 RBI in 73 games played this season. Connecting for the fourth Mariner hit of the night was SS Ketel Marte (.266 AVG) who went 1-for-3 with a single and a run scored.
On the mound on Friday night, RHP Joe Wieland made his Mariners debut. Joe went a decent 5.0 innings giving up 6 runs on 9 hits (all runs earned) while walking none and striking out 3 A's. Wieland gave up a 2-run homer to OAK DH Khris Davis in this one. In his 2016 MLB debut and his Mariners debut, Joe Wieland unfortunately suffered a loss and now has a W-L record of 0-1 on the season. His ERA now stands at a 10.80. In relief for Seattle on Friday night were RHP Drew Storen (5.98 ERA) and LHP Vidal Nuño (.286 ERA). Storen gave up 1 hit in 1.0 innings of work, while Nuño gave up 2 hits in 2.0 innings of work.
WHAT'S NEXT? :
The Mariners will now look to jump 7 games above .500 as they are set and ready to play game 2 on Saturday night in Oakland against these A's. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma, who has been the Mariners strongest pitcher this season, will make his 24th start of the season. Hisashi (13-7, 3.52 ERA) and the M's will take on OAK RHP Kendall Graveman (8-7, 3.84 ERA). Be sure to catch all of the Game 2 action on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio! First pitch start time- 6:05 PM PAC, 9:05 PM ET!
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.