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
Jesse Dougherty of the Washington Post reports that the Nationals will promote middle infield prospect Carter Kieboom to the majors ahead of Friday’s game against the Padres. The Nationals are currently dealing with injuries to shortstop Trea Turner and third baseman Anthony Rendon, so the club hopes Kieboom can help the team tread water at the very least.
Kieboom, 21, was selected by the Nationals in the first round (28th overall) in the 2016 draft. MLB Pipeline currently rates him No. 2 in the Nationals’ system and No. 37 overall. Kieboom has played both second base and shortstop this season after exclusively playing shortstop previously in his professional career.
With Triple-A Fresno to start the 2019 season, Kieboom hit .379/.506/.636 with three homers, 18 RBI, and 14 runs scored in 83 plate appearances.