The Mariners just don’t know when to quit. After being crushed by the Astros on Friday and Saturday, outscored 27-4, they broke back-to-back wins. The first came against Houston as they dodged the sweep, and they called it with another 9th inning comeback, this time against Oakland. Thanks Ty France.
While it wasn’t just Ty France who was responsible for the win, he was easily the return leader in both matches. The argument can be made that without him they would not have arrived. We’ve talked about the Houston game before, so let’s focus on Oakland’s comeback victory.
Ty France did something that no Mariners player has ever done before.
Ty France became the first Mariners player, EVER, to play back-to-back games with a tied home run or home run in the 9th inning or later. He was also the first majors player to do so since June 2008, when Hanley Ramirez did so for the Marlins. Think about it. In about 45 years that the Mariners have been around, no one has done this… not Griffey, A-Rod, Buhner, Sexson, Segui, Beltre, Martinez, Cora, Sorento, Wilson, Buhner, Sojo, Bell, Cameron… okay . , I will stop. ANYBODY.
After Mitch Haniger hit his 29th homer of the season in the 6th to make it 2-2, Matt Olson responded with his own solo homerun to give Athletics a 3-2 lead. This would hold until the 9th, when Ty France would come to the plate.
He took the pitch 1-1 deep to the right center, pushing it over the wall to level the game thanks to his 16th homerun of the season. The Mariners hadn’t finished this round yet. Far from there.
Abraham Toro would hit a single and would be followed by a double from Jake Fraley. It looked like Oakland was going to be able to escape after Trivino hit Kelenic and Raleigh, but Bauers succeeded. I’ve been pretty critical of him, but he’s been playing well lately. After a long period of DNP he has gone 5-11 in his last five games. He came here with a two RBI single to give the Mariners a 5-3 lead.
That would be all the Mariners needed, as Paul Sewald would walk in and shut the door to Athletics. Facing Gomes, Kemp and Harrison, he would pull them out in order, taking the Mariners 5-3 victory. That brings the Mariners down to 10 games over 0.500 and just two Oakland games.
They will end the short streak with an early game on Tuesday, with Chris Flexen against Jerkface (that’s a professional term, right?) Cole Irvin @ 12:37 pm. Good luck this afternoon to the Mariners as they look to close the gap against Athletics.