MLB Baseball

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Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Oakland0 0 0 3 1 2 0 0 4 10120
Seattle0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 351
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  W: J. Kaprielian (5-9)   L: R. Ray (12-12)
1:10 PM PT2:10 PM MT3:10 PM CT4:10 PM ET16:10 ET20:10 GMT4:10 1:10 PM MST3:10 PM EST3:40 PM VEN0:10 UAE (+1)2:10 PM CT, October 2, 2022
T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 43,465

Mariners bid to continue momentum in finale vs. A's

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Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners

  1. The last nine meetings between the A's and Mariners at T-Mobile Park have all been decided by two runs or less. The only time Seattle has played in more consecutive such games against a single opponent was when they had 11 straight such home games against the Tigers between 1989 and 1991.
  2. Oakland has lost 100 games for the first time since going 54-108 in 1979. It is the 17th time the A's franchise has lost 100+ games, three more than any other MLB team ever (Phillies -- 14).
  3. Sean Murphy leads the A's in both runs (67) and doubles (37) this season. Murphy would the second AL catcher ever to lead his team in both those categories in the same season (Ivan Rodriguez for Texas in 1996).
  4. Seattle scored a 10-9 win in 11 innings over Texas on Thursday. The Mariners had lost 36 consecutive games when allowing nine or more runs before the win.
  5. Jarred Kelenic and Mitch Haniger each hit two home runs against the Rangers on Thursday. It was the first-time multiple Seattle outfielders hit two or more HRs in the same game since Jay Buhner and Ken Griffey Jr. did on July 31, 1996.
  6. The Mariners could clinch a playoff spot during the series, which would be the team's first time in the postseason since 2001. The 20-year drought is the longest active such streak in MLB/NBA/NHL/NFL with the Sacramento Kings having the next longest drought (16 seasons).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 9/30/2022 thru 10/2/2022

It's as if Crash Davis actually got his shot.

Brian O'Keefe spent nine seasons in the minor leagues before being called up Friday after Seattle Mariners backup catcher Curt Casali was placed on the paternity list.

So there was O'Keefe, 10 hours into his first day in the majors, celebrating in the clubhouse following the game in which the Mariners clinched their first postseason berth since 2001. Even Davis, the fictional star of the movie "Bull Durham," couldn't sell that script.

O'Keefe made his major-league debut Saturday, getting a hit in his second at-bat in a 5-1 victory against the visiting Oakland Athletics. He might get another chance when the teams conclude their three-game series Sunday in Seattle.

"It was special," O'Keefe said. "Obviously (Friday) night and then (Saturday), I don't think you could script a better first few days in the big leagues. I've waited a long time for this and to do this in front of my family was extremely special, but to do it on a team that hasn't made the postseason in 21 years and to be there for the night when we clinched and then today with the fans, the atmosphere, I mean, just absolutely incredible."

Of course, O'Keefe knew he might be in for something extraordinary when he got recalled.

"Obviously, I knew what the circumstances were and that the magic number was one," he said. "Coming in here (Friday), you could just feel it. It's been a long time since Seattle has been back to the playoffs and to be a part of it was really special."

The Mariners (87-70), winners of four consecutive games, currently hold the second of three American League wild-card slots, a game-and-a-half behind Toronto and a game-and-a-half ahead of Tampa Bay. If they can catch the Blue Jays, against whom they hold the tiebreaker because they won the season series, they'd host a first-round playoff series.

After Seattle allowed a run in the top of the first on Saturday, Sam Haggerty hit a two-run single in the bottom of the inning and Luis Castillo retired the final 16 batters faced.

"This is one of those games that with everything that happened (Friday) night, and you really felt it in the first inning for sure that we don't win this game unless this building was pretty full today," Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "So a big shout out to the fans showing up."

The A's (56-102) suffered their sixth consecutive defeat as they battle Washington (55-103) to avoid the worst record in the majors.

Rookie left-hander JP Sears pitched six scoreless innings after opener Adam Oller struggled in the first.

"I thought Sears did a great job commanding the baseball, utilizing the fastball at the top of the zone," A's manager Mark Kotsay said. "His off-speed pitches got some swings and misses. ... The outing was great to end the year on."

Oakland right-hander James Kaprielian (4-9, 4.43 ERA) is scheduled to go up against Seattle lefty Robbie Ray (12-11, 3.58) in the series finale.

Kaprielian is 3-1 with a 4.37 ERA in 10 career appearances against the Mariners, with five previous starts against them this season.

Ray is 2-1 with a 1.93 ERA in six career starts against the A's, with four of those coming this season.

--Field Level Media

Updated October 2, 2022

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