Early Missed Opportunities Costly In Mariners’ 6-3 Loss

Michael Wagaman, Associated Press

OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) — Seattle Mariners manager Scott Servais felt like he was watching replays of a bad movie over and over in the first three innings.

Seattle’s leadoff batter walked each time but the Mariners hit into three consecutive double plays, killing any chance they had of getting to Oakland Athletics starter Sean Manaea early.

It added up to a frustrating night all around for Servais’ ball club.

Yonder Alonso hit a tiebreaking two-run single in the sixth inning off rookie starter Joe Wieland and Oakland beat Seattle 6-3 on Friday night to end the Mariners’ six-game winning streak.

“We didn’t do a whole lot offensively,” Servais said after his club was held to four hits. “It was like Groundhog Day: double play, double play, double play the first three innings.”

The missed opportunities were pivotal after the Mariners fought back from a 3-0 deficit to tie it when Kyle Seager homered in the fifth and Shawn O’Malley tripled and scored in the sixth.

That was the extent of Seattle’s offense on a night when Wieland got knocked around in his Mariners debut.

Wieland (0-1), acquired from the Dodgers in the offseason, allowed six runs and nine hits with three strikeouts after being called up from Triple-A Tacoma earlier in the day.

“There were some nerves,” Wieland said. “The first couple of pitches I was trying to get settled in. After that, it was just another start.”

Khris Davis hit his career-high 28th home run of the season for Oakland, Marcus Semien matched his career-high with four hits and Stephen Vogt had an RBI double and scored twice to help the A’s to their fourth win in five games.

Manaea fought early command issues and allowed three runs over six innings for his first win since June 29. Manaea (4-7) gave up three hits, walked three and struck out four.

“It’s not often that we’ve seen his command look a little off,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “That was one of the reasons I took him out when I did. But he battled. These are the type of learning experiences for young pitchers that are actually good for them.”

Seattle had won seven straight at the Coliseum, including a three-game sweep in May, before going cold offensively in its return.

Oakland broke the game open in the sixth with five consecutive singles, including Alonso’s tiebreaker.

Alonso, who also singled in the eighth, is hitting .361 over his last 11 games.

Davis, the only batter on Oakland’s roster who had faced Wieland, hit a two-run homer in the first to put the A’s up 3-0. Vogt doubled in Semien earlier in the inning.

TRAINER’S ROOM

Mariners: Steve Cishek (torn left hip labrum) is expected to begin a rehab assignment soon but Servais said Cishek won’t be coming back as the team’s closer when he returns to the big league club. Edwin Diaz, who has converted all five save opportunities since taking over as closer, will remain in that role. … James Paxton, who was hit in the elbow by a line drive Aug. 7, is still sore but Servais is hopeful to have the lefty back in the rotation early next week. … OF Daniel Robertson was designated for assignment.

Athletics: Sean Doolittle threw off a mound and faced hitters, an encouraging sign for the team’s former closer who has been on the DL with a strained left elbow since June 26. … RHP Jesse Hahn (strained right shoulder) will throw a bullpen session Saturday. … Patrick Schuster was claimed off waivers by Philadelphia. Schuster was designated for assignment on Wednesday.

UP NEXT

Mariners: RHP Hisashi Iwakuma (13-7) makes his 13th career start against the A’s on Saturday night. Iwakuma has 12 wins over his last 15 starts.

Athletics: RHP Kendall Graveman (8-7) will face Seattle for the third time this season. Graveman is 7-1 over his past 13 starts.

 

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