The Oakland A's finish a four-game series in Seattle as they take on the Mariners on Monday evening. The two teams split the first two games of the series, with the Mariners taking game one, 5-3, on Friday, before the A's won the second game by a score of 3-2 in 10 innings on Saturday. Oakland duplicated their 3-2 win on Sunday to take a 2-1 advantage in the series.
A's look for road series winThe Oakland A's are playing their second four-game series of the season so far, as they opened the season winning three of four at home versus the Los Angeles Angels. They moved their record to 5-4 with the one-run win. The A's put up a three-spot in the fifth inning on a three-run home run by Ramon Laureano, and Chris Bassitt pitched 5.2 innings to get the win, the first win of the year by an Oakland starter. Oakland had just five hits in the game and struck out 11 times.
"(Seattle starter) Kendall (Graveman) coming off surgery, a hundred (pitches) is probably going to be the top," A's manager Bob Melvin said on espn.com, referring to the fact that Graveman threw 96 pitches. "Getting him out of the game and getting a left-hander in there for Ramon was key."
Oakland has struggled mightily at the plate this season, scoring less than four runs in seven of their nine games. They are batting just .191 as a team and have a slugging percentage of just .307. They have managed just six home run (Aaron Judge has six home runs himself in the last five games for the Yankees) and a total of just 15 extra base hits in their nine games. Mark Canha leads the team with a .292 batting average, while Laureano has two home runs to pace the team in homers. The A's pitching has been outstanding this season, especially their bullpen, who has four of the team's five wins. As a staff, the A's have a 3.21 ERA and have given up just four home runs.
Frankie Montas takes to the mound on Monday for the A's. This will be his third start of the season. He pitched pretty well in his first two starts, but didn't make it past the fifth inning in either start. In nine innings, he has given up just three runs on eight hits. He has walked five and struck out eight, while not giving up a home run.
Mariners go for series splitThe Seattle Mariners dropped their second straight game to the Oakland A's, and fell to 4-6 on the season. Rookie Kyle Lewis hit his third home run of the season in the eighth inning, but it wasn't enough for the Mariners to complete the comeback against the A's. Shed Long, Jr. had two hits in the game.
Mainers manager Scott Servais is not deterred with his team's back-to-back losses.
"We're playing good baseball," Servais said on espn.com. "That's the key with this group. We're going to stay upbeat, positive and we're learning along the way."
The Mariners are batting .249 as a team, led by Lewis, who is batting .425 with a team-leading three home runs, and J.P. Crawford, who is batting .333. Lewis also has an OPS of 1.127 this season. The pitching has not been very good for Seattle this season, as they have a 5.88 ERA and have given up 14 home runs.
Justus Sheffield will get the start for the Mariners in the series finale on Monday. He tries to bounce back from a poor outing in his first start of the season on July 28. Sheffield pitched just three innings against the Los Angeles Angels, giving up four runs on three hits and four walks. This will be just his 13th major league appearance, and just his ninth start. He is still looking for his first win in the big leagues.
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