Diamond Beat: Seattle plays big series at Oakland
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SUNDAY, SEPT. 19
Mariners 7, Royals 1 — Seattle (80-69) won the three-game series at Kansas City, and now heads to play a four-game series at Oakland. Both the Mariners and Athletics are contending for an American League wild-card berth.
Logan Gilbert allowed three hits and one run in seven innings. Mitch Haniger, Jake Bauers and Jarred Kelenic hit solo homers. Kelenic, Seattle's prized rookie, went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and two runs scored.
Canadians 8, Hops 2 — Vancouver (55-64) won the series finale with Hillsboro (52-60), which had won the first four games at Ron Tonkin Field. Tanner Morris homered for Vancouver, which played its season in Hillsboro because of COVID-19 pandemic restrictions for U.S.-Canada travel. The teams concluded their season in the High-A West League.
SATURDAY, SEPT. 18
Royals 8, Mariners 1 — Kris Bubic allowed two hits and one run in 6 1/3 innings and Michael Taylor homered as Kansas City dealt visiting Seattle a tough loss. The Mariners had three hits.
Hops — The Hillsboro-Vancouver game was postponed because of rain. The teams play their season finale Sunday. Hillsboro won the first four games of the series.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 17
Mariners 6, Royals 2 — Jarred Kelenic hit two homers and drove in four runs as Seattle began a 10-game road trip at Kansas City.
Chris Flexen allowed six hits and one run in 5 2/3 innings.
Hops 4, Canadians 2 — Hillsboro won its fourth in a row against Vancouver at Ron Tonkin Field. Axel Andueza had two RBIs.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 16
Mariners to host All-Star Game —Â The Mariners were idle Thursday, but Seattle got good news when Major League Baseball announced that its all-Star Game will return to Seattle for a third time in 2023.
The All-Star Game was held at the Kingdom in 1979 and at Safeco Field in 2001.
Hops 7, Canadians 3 —Â A four-run eighth was the difference as Hillsboro beat Vancouver for the second day in a row as the teams that have called Ron Tonkin Field home throughout 2021 battle in a season-ending series.
A two-run triple by Elian Miranda, the second of four hits in the eighth, broke a 3-3 tie. Miranda was 3 for 3 and knocked in three runs.
A.J. Vukovich (with a triple) and Axel Andueza (a double) each had two hits for Hillsboro, the designated visiting team.
Red Sox 9, Mariners 4, 10 innings — Seattle (78-68), still clinging to American League wild-card hopes, lost two out of three games to Boston at home, and now heads out on a 10-game road trip, starting Friday in Kansas City.
The Red Sox scored six runs in the 10th inning. Kyle Schwarber had a two-run single and Christian Vazquez a two-run double.
Hops 3, Canadians 2 — Justin Vernia allowed four hits and one run while striking out six and walking one in six innings as Hillsboro beat Vancouver at Ron Tonkin Field. The Hops scored two runs on an error and one on a sacrifice fly.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 14
Red Sox 8, Mariners 4 — Boston scored five runs in the eighth inning, three on a Kyle Schwarber bases-clearing double and two on a homer by Alex Verdugo, to beat Seattle at T-Mobile Park.
J.D. Martinez and Bobby Dalbec hit solo homers for the Red Sox.
The American League wild-card contending teams play their series finale at 1:10 p.m. Wednesday.
Hops 7, Canadians 4 — The High-A West League teams that play at Ron Tonkin Field are playing their final series of the season.
Hillsboro took the first game. Ronny Simon hit a two-run homer. Collin Sullivan allowed three hits and two runs in five innings. The Hops' entire previous series at Tri-City had to be canceled because of COVID-19 contact tracing with the Dust Devils.
Mariners 5, Red Sox 4 — Mitch Haniger hit a three-run homer in the seventh inning and Seattle held off Boston in the first game of an important three-game series. Both teams are competing to be in the American League wild-card game.
Haniger's homer off Ryan Brasier, his career-high 33rd, gave Seattle a 5-2 lead. Xander Bogaerts and Rafael Devers hit back-to-back homers in the eighth inning off reliever Paul Sewald.
But, in the ninth, Drew Steckenrider set the Red Sox down in order to preserve the win.
The Mariners scored twice early off Boston starter Eduardo Rodriguez. But Jose Iglesias had a homer and an RBI single, off Seattle starter Logan Gilbert, as Boston tied it, setting up the late-inning home runs.
Haniger went 4-for-4 and leadoff hitter J.P. Crawford 3-for-4.
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