The Seattle Mariners have zero margin for error and cannot afford to go with anything but the best available.
Oakland Athletics newcomer Adam Dunn hit a two-run homer as Oakland jumped to a five-run lead in the first, and Chris Young failed to make it out of the inning as Seattle lost 6-1 to the Athletics on Monday.
The Seattle Mariners are making their case for a post-season run
Felix Hernandez has set the pace for a pitching staff that’s on a record pace not seen from an American League team in 40 years and is the reason that Seattle is playing meaningful baseball in August for the first time in seven years.
After winning seven of eight, the Mariners are more than in the conversation. They are over .500 at home and tied with Detroit for the second wild card spot in the American League.
Chris Young (10-6) allowed three runs in five innings. He struck out six and reached double-digit wins for the first time since 2006.
Lloyd McClendon tried to get a five-out save from All-Star closer Fernando Rodney, but that plan didn’t work
Despite a 4-1 loss the Oakland Athletics on Sunday, Seattle Mariners manager Lloyd McClendon says he’s extremely pleased with the way his team finished the first half of the season
Logan Morrison had a pair of runs batted in to help Seattle sweep Houston and give starter Chris Young his eighth win on the season.
The Seattle Mariners (44-38) head out on the road and start the trip with three games at Houston (36-47), where they won two of three back in May. The M’s beat up the Astros pitching staff that series, plating 21 runs on 29 hits but Houston did the same to the M’s in a very high-scoring series.