Mariners Ambush the A’s
On a blistering hot summer solstice evening, the Seattle Mariners (30-39) obliterated the Oakland Athletics (23-46) 8-2 in front of a customarily anemic audience of 4,000 fans at the Oakland Coliseum.
Through two-and-a-half months of the 2022 season, the Mariners have been one of the most underwhelming teams in baseball relative to their pre-season expectations. Last year, the team finished with a 90-72 record, coming so close to ending the longest postseason drought out of all American professional sports teams.
Then, they signed the 2021 American League Cy Young Award winner Robbie Ray as a free agent and announced in Spring Training that their top prospect Julio Rodriguez made the team, moves indicating the team’s intent to challenge the Houston Astros for division supremacy. While they have not yet realized their potential, the team still has a couple of months left to turn things around.
IN NEED OF A WIN
The Mariners came into game one of this three-game series looking to get back on the right track after losing four out of five home games against the Los Angeles Angels this past weekend. This series marked these two teams’ second meeting of the season, with the woeful rebuilding A’s having won two out of three games in Seattle last month.
The Mariners took advantage of the 92-degree temperature at the first pitch, hitting four home runs, which accounted for the majority of their scoring. Right-fielder Taylor Trammell hit a solo home run in the third inning off A’s starting pitcher James Kaprielian, who took the loss despite
only giving up two runs in his best start of the season. Then the knockout blow came in the seventh inning when Rodriguez, Jesse Winker, and Eugenio Suarez hit back-to-back-to-back home runs in a span of five pitches thrown by A’s reliever Austin Pruitt. It had been 18 years since the Mariners last achieved this feat.
The Mariners’ homers supported starting pitcher Marco Gonzales who shut down the A’s for seven innings. He only allowed Nick Allen’s first major-league homer, a two-run blast in the seventh inning.
The Mariners will look for a repeat performance in game 2 of the series on June 22 at 6:40 pm.