A day off couldn’t have come at a better time for an Oakland Athletics team that went on a tear for the last month to clinch its second consecutive AL West title while staying in the hunt for the league’s best record.
Brendan Ryan hit a two-run double in the sixth and added an RBI single in the eighth, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics 5-3 on Wednesday.
Parker (8-6, 3.87 ERA), though, is coming off the longest outing of his career, as he allowed one run in 8 1-3 innings before the A’s fell 2-1 to Houston in 11 on Wednesday. He has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 12 of his last 16 starts, going 6-1 with a 2.73 ERA in that stretch.
That new carpet smell sure was a pleasant one Tuesday, when the A’s began an eight-game homestand.
Pinch-hitter Kendrys Morales had a game-ending three-run homer in the 10th inning and Raul Ibanez connected twice for the Mariners in a 6-3 victory over the A’s on Sunday.
Saturday night wasn’t kind to A’s bullpen as the Mariners rallied from a 5-2 deficit in the seventh inning and scored two more in the eighth to hand Oakland a 7-5 loss.
Last weekend’s visit from the Seattle Mariners proved to be the beginning of the Oakland Athletics’ current rough stretch. The A’s only victory during that set came when Bartolo Colon outpitched Hisashi Iwakuma in the finale.
A sewage problem at the Coliseum forced the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners to use the same locker room after Sunday’s game.
The Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland A’s 4-0 on Saturday.
A big reason for the Oakland Athletics’ month-long success has been their exceptional play at home. Coming off a marathon victory, the A’s look to extend their home winning streak to 12 games Friday night against the Seattle Mariners.