Give it to the Seattle Mariners for ending their 20-year playoff drought in grand fashion. Carl Raleigh’s walk-off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning in front of a sold-out T-Mobile Park ended the playoff draught and unleashed a statewide celebration.
Raleigh’s monumental home run clinched a second wild card berth in franchise history.
When asked about his hit Raleigh was humble but assured that this was the Mariner’s moment.
“The moment I knew it was fair, I just looked at the dugout and everyone was jumping up and down,” Raleigh said. “It’s not really a pressure moment. We’re having fun and playing baseball. That’s the way you have to look at it.”
STELLAR PITCHING PERFORMANCE
An outstanding pitching performance by Logan Gilbert put the Mariners in a position to return to the postseason. Gilbert was truly magnificent, pitching 8.0 innings, and allowing just 1 run 3 hits, 2 walks, and one home run while striking 4 batters on 101 pitches, 64 of which were strikes. The eight innings pitched was a career-long for Gilbert who also reached 300 innings in the third inning. Gilbert is the 3rd fastest pitcher in franchise history.
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