MLB Baseball

Final 1 2 3   4 5 6   7 8 9   R H E
Oakland0 1 0 0 1 0 6 2 2 12130
Seattle0 0 3 1 0 0 0 2 0 6110
  W: J. Luzardo (2-3)   L: P. Sewald (2-1)
7:10 PM PT8:10 PM MT9:10 PM CT10:10 PM ET22:10 ET2:10 GMT10:10 7:10 PM MST9:10 PM EST9:40 PM VEN6:10 UAE (+1)8:10 PM CT, June 1, 2021
T-Mobile Park, Seattle, Washington  Attendance: 9,160

Red-hot Mariners get Marco Gonzales back vs. A's

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Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners

  1. Oakland will make its first trip to Seattle this season after the Mariners took 2-of-3 in the teams' first meeting this season last week in Oakland. The A's won four of the six games at T-Mobile park last season but lost the season series there in each of the previous three years.
  2. Oakland split a four-game home series against the Angels, but dropped the last two games to close their seven-game homestand with a 3-4 record. The A's lead the AL West by 1.5 games over the Astros despite having a minus-10 run differential -- their 31-24 (.564) record is the best among teams with a negative run differential this season.
  3. James Kaprielian will make his fourth career start, five days after blanking the Mariners over seven innings in his last start. Kaprielian's .156 opponent average this season is the lowest by an A's pitcher through his first three career starts since Sonny Gray posted a .135 opponent average in August 2013.
  4. Seattle swept a four-game set against the Rangers and has won six of its last seven games to get back to .500 after losing the previous six straight. It was the Mariners' fourth four-game sweep since the start of the 2019 season; only the Yankees (5) have more.
  5. Kyle Lewis has a hit in eight of his last nine games, including each of the last three against the Rangers. Lewis enters the last day of May slashing .274/.373/.389 for the month after hitting just 5-for-31 (.161) in eight April games.
  6. The Mariners have won seven straight Memorial Day games, the longest active streak in MLB and longest by any team since the Blue Jays won eight straight from 2010 to 2017. The longest Memorial Day winning streak in MLB history is 18, set by the Boston Beaneaters from 1887 to 1896.
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 5/31/2021 thru 6/2/2021

The Seattle Mariners are suddenly rolling -- and now they get their ace back.

Left-hander Marco Gonzales, who has been sidelined since April 27 with a left forearm strain, is scheduled to start Tuesday night when the Mariners play host to the Oakland Athletics.

The Mariners have won five games in a row and seven of their past eight, including a 6-5 victory against Oakland in 10 innings on Monday afternoon.

The A's have lost three in a row.

Because of injuries to their six-man rotation -- left-handers James Paxton and Nick Margevicius and right-hander Ljay Newsome are out for the rest of the season -- the Mariners have been forced to go with a bullpen day once a week.

Their last one was Wednesday in Oakland, a 6-3 loss.

"I'm hopeful that this is our last bullpen day," Mariners manager Scott Servais said after that game, "and that Marco could slide in there the next time this spot comes around."

Gonzales said watching relievers try to patch their way through nine innings was difficult on him.

"I feel like I kind of (hung) the bullpen out to dry a little bit with the bullpen day that we're going forward with," Gonzales told reporters last week. "Sitting and watching is frustrating."

Gonzales (1-3, 5.40 ERA) got off to a rocky start this season but was starting to turn it around before he went on the injured list.

He allowed one run on two hits in seven innings against the defending World Series champion Los Angeles Dodgers on April 20, then gave up two runs on five hits in six innings against the Houston Astros in his next start.

"I've been through my fair share of injuries before, and the way to get through it is to take it day by day, and not let the frustration overcome you at all, and try to channel it into the exercises and workouts," said Gonzales, who is 5-3 with a 3.92 ERA in 11 career appearances against the A's, including 10 starts.

Oakland is scheduled to counter with right-hander Chris Bassitt (5-2, 3.21 ERA), who is coming off the best start of his career, a complete game shutout with nine strikeouts against the Los Angeles Angels. Bassitt is 1-4 with a 3.56 ERA in 10 games against Seattle, with eight starts.

Bassitt has been relying more on his slider recently, with opponents hitting .067 in 30 at-bats against the pitch.

"Not only is it a different pitch, it's from a different arm angle, and he throws two pitches from that arm angle," A's manager Bob Melvin said. "He tends to drop down a little bit more on it, but he also throws some fastballs down there, so not only is it a different look, it's two different pitches from that look."

Despite scoring five runs Monday, the A's were homerless for the fifth consecutive game. They're 5-13 in games without a homer and 3-16 when outhomered.

They were also 3 for 14 with runners in scoring position on Monday.

"Good teams have to find a way to do both," first baseman Matt Olson said. "We were able to put up some runs today without hitting homers. But sometimes you get rolling when one person (homers)."

--Field Level Media

Updated June 1, 2021

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