M’s fall just short against Oakland

by Kevin Nesgoda

Game three of the series between the Mariners and Oakland A’s started off quick with Mariner’s pitcher Kendall Graveman seeing three batters and three outs. Oakland’s pitcher Chris Bassitt threw a total of 26 pitches in the bottom of the first, allowing JP Campbell a walk and Dylan Moore a ground single. With Moore on first, Daniel Vogelbach steps up and hits the seventh pitch to deep center field allowing Moore to run in, giving the M’s a one-run lead over the A’s after the first.

The next 4 innings gave us somewhat of a lazy pitcher’s duel, until the bottom of the fifth, where after 96 pitches, Graveman was pulled off the mound. He ended his start by walking Tony Kemp and allowing a single from Marcus Semien. Mariners called Anthony Misiewicz to finish the inning but on his fourth pitch, A’s Ramon Laureano homers to center field giving the A’s a 3-1 lead.

Yohan Ramirez took over pitching in the top of the seventh and continued to walk the first two batters. Clearly the Mariners bullpen could use some work. Top of the eighth had Ramirez throwing 23 pitches but came out clean. The bottom of the eighth seemed to go the same way until a beauty of a home run by Mr. Kyle Lewis. What looked like his run streak coming to an end, he thrills and kills with a solo home run to send his streak to 10.

The Mariners showed some life in the 9th with Shed Long Jr. getting to second base, but Kyle Seager and Austin Nola struck out to end the game.

Unfortunately, the Mariners end up losing 3-2, going down 2-1 in the series. We will move onto the series final game tomorrow, where Justus Sheffield is the planned starter. The hopes lie on him to get the win and tie the series up.

First pitch will come in a little after 6:10 PM PST.

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