The Mariners put up two hits in seven innings in game two, a total of zero runs, which has not won a baseball game in the entire history of the sport. That could be the story, and that would be enough. They gave up nine runs on five walks, two strikes and two home runs, scattered across Jimmy Yacabonis, Seth Frankoff and Brady Lail, who formed a Cerberus of Chihuahuas without intimidating or holding in check a vulnerable Oakland lineup in a game that has struggled throughout year and was without three of his more threatening hitters by injury or rest. That, too, is part of the story and would not have been a shocking result at the start of the day given the state̵
In another game, the story could even have been the highlight we will see again and again from this game, which will no doubt be its lasting memory, even if the seasonal significance or the ultimate result fades. Kyle Lewis, fresh out of a game where he drove his team to victory with his bat and kept them in the hunt with his glove.
It’s a catch that deserves a team to fight it, a crowd to stand and overcome it, and a spotlight to make sure no unlucky souls miss it. He went to where Griffey went.
Where Cameron followed.
Where Guti rose.
It was brilliant. It was standing up and shouting extraordinarily. In fact, I got up and shouted. An out-and-out game that defined games that, like Sunday and the first tilt of the day, manageably held what could have been catastrophic. To keep it 1-0 after the first inning, galloping in with ecstasy and exhaustion of a rookie who knows exactly what he has done, for a team that clearly sees his games as worthy of committing 100% to, regardless who front office decides to fill out the list.
In part, it’s the story of this game. Incher within a game in the Astros for a playoff berth, Seattle had an opportunity to catch two from a rolling As club. Scott Servais was pressured wisely over the possibility between games and who he would press to start.
Servais on GAme 2 start: “Everyone’s waiting for me to say Logan Gilbert. It’s not Logan Gilbert.”
– Ryan Divish (yanRyanDivish) September 14, 2020
It was not Logan Gilbert. Much has been said about Gilbert as an option and I think he is ready enough for a start at a minimum, as well as more important than all three pitchers who threw in this game. If there was a reason beyond the economy behind a plan A of the trio with replacement levels required today instead of Gilbert, no one was given publicly. Nor was it Ljay Newsome who will start tomorrow instead. Newsome left his last start early after taking a liner from his hand, but he would have had five days of rest, and unless the club expects him to be completely healthy tomorrow in a way he was not today, the trip is to their waiver wire long men were a little peculiar.
That brings us to the unfortunate ultimate story of today’s game. The games were not important enough for sailors to consider an alternative to a bad bull game despite a clearly limited group of weapons and at least one very exciting, competitive alternative. However, they were too important to be canceled or postponed despite an air quality index ranging from 230 to 285 in the park, deep inside the “very unhealthy” area and too treacherous for many units to continue working, including the famous health-conscious NFL, which draws the line at 200. Football is in most cases higher intensity than baseball, but the visuals were strikingly combined with the feeling of any viewer in the Pacific Northwest for a growing pain in the throat and head watering in the eyes, or worse by simply watching the team play.
Several athletics players and staff were asked about the relationship between games, and although we did not hear much from Mariner players or coaches, the A’s did not say a word about their dissatisfaction and disbelief that the matches were being played.
Luzardo on air quality in game one: “When I came out, (AQI) was at 284. I’m a healthy 22-year-old, I should not gasp for air or lack oxygen when I get to the line, so I let it be. “
– Alex Coffey (@byalexcoffey) September 14, 2020
As manager Bob Melvin on whether As had chosen to play in poor air quality today: “Nobody said a word. I heard that 200 (AQI) was the limit for starting. And my understanding was that it was far above that in both game. “
– Alex Coffey (@byalexcoffey) September 15, 2020
Unfortunately, as we have already seen this year, MLB’s self-imposed schedule is unchanged, and whether it takes Brodie Van Wagenen “unintentionally” to leak it or not, the league’s priority # 1 pushes the regular season through as quickly as possible. without jeopardizing the planning of the playoffs. It’s a dismal assessment, especially for a nightly summary, but these playoffs would be more appealing as a pot of gold if Seattle’s roster movements prioritized the surprising claim their player development has given them ahead of schedule. Today could have been a playoff atmosphere, and while the atmosphere was the biggest issue, the club appears to be softly pedaling on a list that has spun competition and intrigue in spite of itself. Today we saw the club both overcome and be exceeded and we probably should not have seen anything at all.