The Athletics’ incredible slide continued last night, as they fell 4-2 to the Mariners at Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington.
Robinson Cano, Kendrys Morales, and Logan Morrison all homered for Seattle. James Paxton struck out eight while allowing two runs (one earned) over six innings to get the victory. The A’s made things interesting in the top of the ninth inning by getting two on with nobody out, but closer Fernando Rodney was able to retire the next three batters to work out of the jam and lock down the win.
Amazingly, the Athletics have now lost 22 out of their last 31 games and sit just a half-game in front of the Mariners for the top Wild Card spot in the American League. The series will continue tonight with Sonny Gray going for Oakland and Felix Hernandez on the hill for Seattle.
Your Friday box scores:
Athletics 2, Mariners 4
Yankees 1, Orioles 2 (11 innings)/Yankees 0, Orioles 5
Marlins 1, Phillies 3 (10 innings)
Cubs 3, Pirates 7
Rays 1, Blue Jays 0
Braves 1, Rangers 2
Nationals 3, Mets 4
Indians 2, Tigers 7
Reds 2, Brewers 3
Rockies 1, Cardinals 5
Red Sox 4, Royals 2
Padres 6, Diamondbacks 5
Astros 3, Angels 11
Dodgers 0, Giants 9
Twins/White Sox – PPD
Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle reports that Oakland Athletics owner John Fisher has reversed course and will continue to pay minor leaguers. Fisher tells Slusser, “I concluded I made a mistake.” He said he is also setting up an assistance fund for furloughed employees.
The A’s decided in late May to stop paying paying minor leaguers as of June 1, which was the earliest date on which any club could do so after an MLB-wide agreement to pay minor leaguers through May 31 expired. In the event, the A’s were the only team to stop paying the $400/week stipends to players before the end of June. Some teams, notable the Royals and Twins, promised to keep the payments up through August 31, which is when the minor league season would’ve ended. The Washington Nationals decided to lop off $100 of the stipends last week but, after a day’s worth of blowback from the media and fans, reversed course themselves.