Scoresheet: Mariners can't muster any offense, fall 10-3 to Oakland
SUNDAY, OCT. 2
A's 10, Mariners 3 — Seattle (87-71) was blasted by Oakland (57-102) to close out their series on Sunday. The A's had 12 hits and put up four runs in the ninth inning to lead 10-0 before the M's managed three in the bottom half on Jesse Winker three-run home run.
Toronto (90-69) won again, putting it 2.5 games up on Seattle for the top wild card spot with only four games left for Seattle and three for the Blue Jays. Tampa Bay (86-73) lost as well however, keeping the Rays 1.5 games back of Seattle for the second wild card spot.
College volleyball — Oregon swept Arizona 25-19, 25-18, 25-13 to improve to 10-2 overall and 4-0 in Pac-12 play. Oregon State (6-8, 1-3 Pac-12) wasn't as fortunate, falling in five set to Arizona State 23-25, 25-18, 25-17, 22-25, 15-12.
College soccer — The Oregon women were blasted by USC in a 4-0 loss, giving up 26 shots to the Trojans. Oregon State wasn't any better on its women's side, falling to UCLA 5-0 and giving up 22 shots. Portland State's women's team stay unbeaten in the Big Sky with 0-0 tie with Sacramento State, putting the Vikings at 2-0-1 in conference play, 3-5-4 overall.
The Oregon State men outshot San Diego State 14-12, but nothing found the net while the Aztecs did three times, winning the nonconference matchup 3-0.
SATURDAY, OCT. 1
Mariners 5, A's 1 — What do you do the day after clinching a postseason spot for the first time in 21 years? Well, Seattle (87-70) won again as it tries to chase down a better wild card spot. After Oakland (56-102) scored a run in the top of the first, the Mariners answered with three in the bottom half on a Carlos Santana single to score one and a Sam Haggerty single to score two more. Haggerty had a sac fly in the eighth to make it 5-1 Mariners.
The win increased the Mariners lead for the second wild card spot to 1.5 games over Tampa Bay (86-72) who lost on Saturday. However, Toronto (89-69) remains in the top spot after it won Saturday to keep a 1.5 game lead on Seattle.
College volleyball — Portland State (8-7, 3-1 Big Sky) volleyball picked up a five-set win at Northern Arizona 20-25, 25-16, 25-20, 21-25, 15-6. Parker Webb had 18 kills, Madison Friebel with 50 assists. Meanwhile Portland (8-8, 1-4 WCC) struggled at home, getting swept by San Diego 25-13, 25-13, 25-18.
College soccer — The Portland (7-0-4) women picked up a 1-0 win over visiting Loyola Marymount to begin West Coast Conference play. Cally Togiai scored the lone goal of the match in the 19th minute.
FRIDAY, SEPT. 30
Mariners 2, A's 1 — Seattle's record 21-year playoff drought ended in dramatic fashion.
Pinch-hitter Cal Raleigh launched a two-out home run in the bottom of the ninth to beat Oakland and clinch a wild-card playoff berth for the Mariners.
After Oakland pitcher Domingo Acevedo struck out Mitch Haniger and Carlos Santana to open the bottom of the ninth, Raleigh pinch hit for Luis Torrens. On a 3-2 pitch, Raleigh drove the ball just inside the right-field foul pole, setting off a celebration on the field and in the sold-out stands at T-Mobile Park.
Matt Brash earned the pitching win in relief of Logan Gilbert, who went eight innings and scattered three hits with four strikeouts and two walks. Brash struck out two of the three A's he faced in the top of the ninth.
Seattle took a 1-0 lead in the first. Dylan Moore hit a leadoff single, stole second, and scored on a Ty France double.
Shea Langeliers hit a solo homer for Oakland in the top of the second.
Seattle (86-70) is second in the wild-card standings, a half game ahead of Tampa Bay and 1.5 behind Toronto.
College men's soccer — No. 9 Portland men's soccer opened West Coast Conference with a 2-1 win over visiting Saint Mary's. Jordan Babalai scored in the first half and Brandon Cambridge converted a penalty kick in the second half to break a 1-1 tie. Nick Fernandez dribbled aggressively into the penalty area and was pulled down to earn the PK.
Portland goalkeeper George Tasouris made a full-stretch save in each half.
The Pilots were forced to play the final 28 minutes with 10 men after defender Nick Denley drew two second-half yellow cards.
Portland is 7-0-3 overall. Next is an Oct. 8 road game at San Francisco.
Thorns extend Sauerbrunn — The Portland Thorns have signed defender and U.S. Women's National Team captain Becky Sauerbrunn for the 2023 season. Sauerbrunn, 37, has played in the NWSL since the league formed in 2013. Next season will be her fourth with the Thorns.
College volleyball — At Eugene, Oregon (9-2, 3-0 Pac-12) won its fifth in a row, dominating Arizona State 25-17, 25-15, 25-12. …
At Corvallis, Arizona swept Oregon State 25-21, 25-16, 25-22.
THURSDAY, SEPT. 29
Mariners 10, Rangers 9 (11) — Twice falling behind in extra innings, Seattle (85-70) hung in and won in the bottom of the 11th on a J.P. Crawford single. Tied at seven going into extras, Texas (66-89) scored one in the top of the 10th, but Cal Raleigh hit a sac fly to tie at eight and send it to the 11th. The Rangers scored again, but Luis Torrens singled to tie the game at nine. Then Crawford delivered the final blow. Mitch Haniger had two hits and four RBIs in the game as well.
The win moves Seattle's magic number to clinch a playoff spot down to one with seven games remaining. The Mariners leaped Tampa Bay (85-71) for the second wild card spot and sit 1.5 games back of Toronto (87-69) for the top wild card spot. Baltimore (80-76) is the only other team alive, sitting five games back of the Rays.
College soccer — The Oregon State opened defense of their Pac-12 championship with a 1-0 road win over 21st-ranked UCLA on a goal from Ellis Spikner in the 14th minute.
• The Oregon women lost to top-ranked UCLA 3-1 in Eugene. The Bruins had 25 shots compared to the Ducks two in the match. … The Oregon State women didn't fair much better falling 5-1 to 20th-ranked USC as the Trojans outshot the Beavers 26-7.
• The No. 9-ranked Portland men (6-0-3) open West Coast Conference play at 7 p.m. Friday by hosting Saint Mary's at Merlo Field. The Pilot women (6-0-4), ranked 18th this week, open conference play at 7 p.m. Saturday hosting Loyola Marymount.
College volleyball — After dropping the first set 34-32 in Greeley, Colorado, Portland State couldn't recover and was swept by Northern Colorado. Madison Friebel still had 41 assists. … Meanwhile, Portland was swept at home by BYU pretty easily at 25-12, 25-20, 26-24. Jayde Harris had 12 kills.
WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 28
Mariners 3, Rangers 1 — The magic number to make the playoffs is down to three for Seattle.
Eugenio Suarez had three hits including a double and reached base four times as the Mariners beat Texas at T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
George Kirby pitched six strong innings, giving up only a first-inning run while improving to 8-4. He struck out four and scattered five hits, while throwing first-pitch strikes on 19 of the 22 Texas hitters he faced.
Seattle answered with two in the bottom of the first and added one more run in the third. Suarez went 3 for 3 with an RBI double andTy France went 2 for 4 and scored twice.
With eight games left (all at home) to play, Seattle leads Baltimore by 4.5 games for the third wild-card spot in the AL and trails Tampa by just one-half game for the No. 2 wild card. In fact, Baltimore, Tampa Bay and Toronto all lost Wednesday, giving Seattle a boost.
Portland Pilots hoops — The University of Portland will hold scrimmages for its men's and women's basketball teams on Saturday, Oct. 8 at the Chiles Center. The event is free. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. The women's scrimmage is 2-3 p.m. and the men's scrimmage 3:30-4:30 p.m.
TUESDAY, SEPT. 27
Rangers 5, Mariners 0 — Seattle (83-70) couldn't get any offense going despite five hits in the loss to Texas (66-87) to waste a solid start from Robbie Ray who went 5.2 innings with two runs allowed on six hits with two walks and eight strikeouts. Mitch Haniger had two of the Mariners' five hits.
The loss drops Seattle to 1.5 games back of Tampa Bay (85-69) for the second wild card spot and three games back of Toronto (87-68) of the top wild card spot. Baltimore (80-74) didn't gain any ground with a loss Tuesday as well, it sits 3.5 games back still.
College volleyball — Portland fell in straight sets to West Coast Conference opponent Loyola Marymount. The Pilots are now 8-6 this season.
Pilots moving up — The Portland women's and men's soccer teams continue to rise in national polls, thanks to both side remaining unbeaten. The women (6-0-4) moved up to No. 18 in the nation in the United Soccer Coaches top 25 poll. The men (6-0-3) are No. 9 in the United Soccer Coaches poll.
MONDAY, SEPT. 26
Oregon football — The Ducks' Oct. 8 game at Arizona will start at 6 p.m. and be televised by the Pac-12 Network.
• Oregon junior Mase Funa was named the Pac-12 defensive lineman of the week. Funa's interception and touchdown in the final minute sealed the Ducks' 44-41 win at Washington State. He also made four tackles and assisted on a tackle for loss.
Winterhawks Klassen honored — After scoring six goals to lead the Portland Winterhawks to wins at Kamloops and Kelowna, 19-year-old center Gabe Klassen was named first the Western Hockey League player of the week for the 2022-23 season.
Portland's home opener is 6 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, at Veterans Memorial Coliseum against Tri-City.
College volleyball — Portland State junior setter Madison Friebel was named Big Sky offensive player of the week. A transfer from Butler, Friebel averaged 11.38 assists per set to help the Vikings open conference play 2-0 with wins over Weber State and Eastern Washington. The Viks visit Northern Colorado Sept. 29 and Northern Arizona Oct. 1.
• Portland is home at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 29, against BYU and 1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, against San Diego.
Women's college soccer — Oregon goalkeeper Leah Freeman was named the Pac-12 goalkeeper of the week after making 14 saves in a 2-0 win over 15th-ranked Washington on Sept. 22.
Pro Bowl is history — In a long overdue move, the NFL on Monday announced the Pro Bowl game will no longer be played. Instead, a series of skills competitions and a flag football game will take place. Renamed "The Pro Bowl Games," the event will feature a week of skills competitions between AFC and NFC players. This season, the events will take place in Las Vegas, culminating in a flag football game at Allegiant Stadium on Feb. 5.
The Pro Bowl was first played in 1951 but for many seasons has been a glorified touch football game — understandable since well-paid players don't want to risk injury in an exhibition game.
As a bonus, 14-time Pro Bowler Peyton Manning will be involved in planning and promoting the event.
College soccer — Portland is the last Division I school with both its men's and women's teams unbeaten. The Pilot men (6-0-3) opens West Coast Conference play with a home match against Saint Mary's at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30. … The Pilot women (6-0-4) open conference play at home at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 1, against Loyola Marymount. … The Portland State women are in the midst of a four-match homestand, including an Oct. 2 visit from Sacramento State.
Mariners' finish at home — It's home sweet home for the final 10 games of the season for Seattle. The Mariners, four games up on Baltimore for the final AL wild-card spot, play game two of a three-game set with Texas on Wednesday, Sept. 28, and finish the next day on Sept. 29. Then Oakland is in town from Sept. 30 to Oct. 2 for three games. Then the season ends with a four-game series against visiting Detroit from Oct. 3-5 with a doubleheader on Oct. 4.
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