Diamond Beat: Mariners' season comes to an end
The Seattle Mariners are fighting this week to the make the American League wild-card game. Here's a daily game tracker:
SUNDAY, OCT. 3
Angels 7, Mariners 3 — It was quite a season for the Seattle Mariners, who exceeded expectations.
It came to an end Sunday, even before their loss to Los Angeles. New York and Boston each won to finish 92-70 and claim the two American League wild-card berths. Toronto also won to finish 91-71.
Seattle finished 90-72.
Shohei Ohtani led off the game with a homer, his 46th, and the Angels jumped ahead with four runs in the first two innings off Tyler Anderson. Jared Walsh added a two-run homer.
J.P. Crawford, Jarred Kelenic and Luis Torrens each had two hits for Seattle. The Mariners had eight singles and Torrens' double against L.A. pitching.
The Mariners missed the postseason for the 20th consecutive season, but it was quite a ride. Some highlights: J.P. Crawford, 169 hits; Ty France, .296 average; Mitch Haniger, 39 homers, 100 RBIs; Kyle Seager, 35 homers, 100 RBIs; rookie Jarred Kelenic, 14 homers, 43 RBIs (after struggling early); no Kyle Lewis for much of season; Chris Flexen, 14-6, 3.61 ERA; great bullpen, solid starting pitching (even without Justus Sheffield and Justin Dunn for much of season).
SATURDAY, OCT. 2
Mariners 6, Angels 4 — Seattle stayed alive in the American League wild-card race, but the Mariners need some help to play beyond Monday.
Two of four teams will make the wild-card game. The records going into Sunday's final games: New York Yankees 91-70; Boston 91-70; Toronto 90-71; Seattle 90-71. Yes, there's a possibility for a four-way tie.
Mitch Haniger had four hits, a homer and five RBIs as Seattle beat Los Angeles on Saturday.
Jared Walsh put the Angels on top, 4-3, with a three-run, eighth-inning homer off Paul Sewald.
But, Seattle responded with three runs in the bottom of the inning; Haniger hit a two-run single and Kyle Seager an RBI single.
Haniger earlier had an RBI single and a two-run homer.
FRIDAY, OCT. 1
Angels 2, Mariners 1 — Seattle had opportunities but couldn't come through, dropping a game back of Boston for the second American League wild-card spot with the loss to Los Angeles.
Jarred Kelenic had an early RBI double, but he left runners on base, including at the end of the game as he flied out with a runner on second base. In the seventh inning, Kelenic was one of three hitters to strike out after Luis Torrens had tripled and Abraham Toro walked.
Brandon Marsh's two-run third-inning double gave Los Angeles the lead.
L.A. had five hits and Seattle four in the pitchers' duel.
Records entering Saturday for A.L. wild-card contenders: New York Yankees 91-69; Boston 90-70; Seattle 89-71; Toronto 89-71. Two games remain.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 30
Seattle was idle Thursday, but the other three American League wild-card contenders were in action.
The biggest news was Boston lost at Baltimore, 6-2, meaning the Mariners drew even with the Red Sox for the second wild-card berth at 89-70.
New York Yankees beat Toronto 6-2, moving to 91-68 (two games up on Seattle, Boston). Toronto fell to 88-71 (a half-game back of Seattle, Boston).
The final, three-game weekend schedules: Tampa Bay (A.L. East champs) at New York; Boston at Washington; Los Angeles Angels at Seattle; Baltimore at Toronto.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 29
Mariners 4, Athletics 2 — Seattle finished off its dominating season against Oakland, beating the Athletics for the 12th consecutive game and finishing 15-4 against their American League West Division nemesis.
Ty France's sacrifice fly plated the go-ahead run in the seventh inning and Abraham Toro hit a solo homer in the next inning.
Earlier, Jarred Kelenic had a two-run double. Tony Kemp and Seth Brown homered for Oakland; Seattle starter Logan Gilbert and four relievers combined to give up five Oakland hits.
The Mariners play Los Angeles Angels in the regular-season series finale, Friday-Sunday at T-Mobile Park. It's been announced that Shohei Ohtani won't pitch Sunday, but he'll likely be the designated hitter all three games.
So, Seattle remains alive for one of two A.L. wild-card berths. Records entering Thursday play: New York Yankees 90-68; Boston 89-69; Seattle 89-70; Toronto 88-70.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 28
Mariners 4, Athletics 2 — Seattle (88-70) moved within a half-game of Boston, which lost to Baltimore, for the second American League wild-card berth. The Mariners have beaten Oakland 11 consecutive games (14-4 against Athletics) with one game left, Wednesday.
Jake Fraley had a two-run double and Tom Murphy an RBI single. After Oakland closed within 3-2, Mitch Haniger homered in the seventh inning.
Records heading into Wednesday: New York Yankees (90-67), Boston (88-69), Seattle (88-70), Toronto (87-70).
MONDAY, SEPT. 27
Mariners 13, Athletics 4 — Seattle scored a season-high 13 runs and beat Oakland for the 10th consecutive time and improved to 13-4 against the Athletics. It was the first of six home games to end the regular season, as Seattle (87-70) contends with Toronto, Boston and New York for an American League wild-card berth. All three teams were idle Monday.
The Mariners play two more games against Oakland, have Thursday off and then play a three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels.
Mitch Haniger hit two three-run homers as Seattle overcame an early 3-0 deficit. Ty France went 4-for-4 with four RBIs and three runs scored. J.P Crawford had three hits and three runs scored.
Seth Brown (from Klamath Falls) hit a three-run homer for Oakland.
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