Oakland, Calif. – The stress of a late innings and the worry of another low-scoring game has subsided for the Mariners. In the unusual and uncomfortable heat that hit the Bay Area on the summer solstice, turning an originally empty concrete crypt, being called the Oakland Coliseum, into a steamy sauna, an uneasy, sharp feeling of failures with runners in the scoring of Marco Gonzales The wasting positions and the trapped base runner won.
Will the pattern in the Mariners’ past 12 losses – scoring three runs or less in all of them – prevail again?
Not at this time.
As for the successful Seattle teams of the past, this team that is still trying to find its way to meet expectations followed an old and often unused mantra: “Two outs, so what?”
The Mariners scored five runs with two outs at the top of the seventh inning, highlighted by back-to-back-to-back homers from Julio Rodriguez, Jesse Winker and Eugenio Suarez to seal an easy 8-2 win over Oakland A. Gone. ,
Dating back to last season, the Mariners are 9–1 at the Coliseum, including winning the last seven in a row.
“We finally made it through: We pitched and we got some big hits,” said manager Scott Servais. “We needed one of those games.”
The Mariners were in need of a win anyway, including their last three, after losing four of five against the Angels at home.
That seventh innings started with failure. Taylor Trammell and Cal Raleigh worked back-to-back walks from lefty Kirby Snead to open the innings. But after not executing a sack bunt, JP Crawford hit a comeback to Snead that it turned into a 1-6-3 double play.
“I thought we had a big innings when we got out for a couple of runs at number one and number two,” Servais said. “Then we were unable to execute a bunt and then we got into double play.”
Will it be another wasted opportunity when/if they lose the edge later in the game?
That was Homestand, it was a new road trip.
Right-hander Austin Pruitt was brought in to replace Snead and was the Mariners’ best clutch hitter, facing right-handed hitter Ty France. France did what they’ve often done with the runners this season on a base basis – do whatever it takes to simplify them and get them in. He hit a punch in the middle to score Tramell from third.
“It’s nice to know you put a good swing on a ball at the end and do what I do – barrel it back down the middle,” said France. “I think the last few weeks we’ve been under a little pressure to run it. It was a big night for us. Baseball was fun again.”
Then there was an explosion of power.
Rodriguez ambushes the first-pitch curveball, which hangs in the middle of the plate, sending a missile into left field as he stands for a two-run homer, which measures 445 feet. It also featured a solid bat flip and a gesture towards the dugout.
“I think I jammed a bit,” he joked. “Honestly, I feel like it’s really hard to hit and whenever you find one like that, I think you just have to enjoy it.”
Winker followed up with one of his hardest-hitting balls of the season, sending a giant blast into deep right center on a 0-1 fastball. The HIs drive measures 439 feet. The Mariners were still celebrating back-to-back homers in the dugout when Suarez followed with a line drive to the wall in the center, measuring 411 feet.
Seattle hit homers 1,295 feet in four pitches from Pruitt.
The last time the Mariners hit back-to-back-to-back homers was on August 27, 2004, against the Royals at Safeco Field. In the fifth inning, Miguel Olivo, Jose Lopez and Hiram Bocachica smashed homers off Jack Greinke.
“It feels good,” Servais said. “It’s been a struggle. You know it’s a game. But tonight is a good start and hopefully we can carry on.
Gonzales continued his strong opening pitching performance to the Mariners.
For the first six innings, Gonzales offered an old-school clinch in pitching strategy and execution while facing the AK’s lineup with nine right-handed hitters. He worked forward on the count, using his variation to keep hitters off balance and put them into an uncomfortable swing on his fastball. He did not allow a run during that stretch, worked around the base runner and scored 11 ground balls.
“I just used the same plan, just attacked them and used all five pitches in every part of the field and was ahead on the count,” he said.
But after a long top of the seventh, which resulted in extra run support, Gonzales ran into some trouble at the bottom of the innings. He dropped a single and then lost a 1–1 turnaround with two outs to No. 8 hitter Nick Allen, who was recalled from Class AAA Las Vegas before the game. Allen put it over the wall in left field for his first big leaguer homer.
With the lead down to 6-2, Gonzales allowed a double off Christian Pache that lofted Andres Munoz up and threw Aion the Mariners’ bullpen. But Gonzales managed to finish seventh when JP Crawford blocked a line drive off Chad Pinder’s bat.
Gonzales’ final line: Seven innings pitched, two runs allowed with seven hits to go and two strikeouts.
Eric Swanson went without a score in the eighth inning and Ken Giles pitched for the first time since September 2020 with a 1-2-3 ninth inning.