Seattle Mariners news has been great for fans lately. It continued on Tuesday night (May 6), when the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 8-3. Roenis Elias went 6 1/3 innings, giving up three runs and picking up his third win of the season. At times, his curveball was extremely impressive, leaving quite a few Athletics hitters completely befuddled at the plate.
For the most part, it was a pretty tight game until the top of the ninth inning. At that point, the Mariners exploded for four insurance runs, getting the best of closer Jim Johnson in the process. Though his defense also let him down on a bunt attempt, the team also had two valuable hits, two walks, and a hit batter to really give the bullpen some space to work with. Tom Wilhelmsen then shut the door in the bottom of the inning.
Five Seattle Mariners players at two hits each to lead the charge, with Kyle Seager posting two doubles and Justin Smoak driving in three runs. Recently promoted outfielder James Jones was 2-for-5 in his first start for the team and did pretty well as the centerfielder for the night. He could see a lot more action out there after having a very successful night.
This became the eighth win for the team in its last 10 games and allowed them to improve to 16-15 on the season. That is good enough for second place in the American League West and puts them just two games behind the 19-14 Oakland Athletics for the division lead. It means that if the M's can sweep the doubleheader on Wednesday (May 7), that they would take over first place in the West. As it stands, they currently hold the second wild card spot in the AL as well.
Felix Hernandez pitches the first game on Wednesday and the first pitch is scheduled for 12:45 p.m. PT. Erasmo Ramirez is scheduled to take the mound for the M's in the second game. Seattle Mariners news of a four-game sweep would certainly be welcomed by fans.