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Oakland A’s open homestand with 4-3 loss to Seattle Mariners


OAKLAND – On Tuesday night, the Oakland A’s announced a paid crowd of 5,624 at the Coliseum for their game against the Seattle Mariners. That barely outdrew the Oakland Ballers, who attracted a crowd of about 4,100 roughly seven miles away in its first-ever home game.

The Coliseum crowd got loud in the ninth inning as the A’s put two runners on with two out, trailing by one run. But Mariners reliever Tayler Saucedo got Brent Rooker to ground out, ending the threat as the A’s lost 4-3.

The A’s trailed 4-2 going into the bottom of the ninth inning and with one out, Max Schuemann reached on an infield single. Then with two out, Miguel Andujar’s single moved Schuemann over to third.

Schuemann then scored on an Andrés Muñoz wild pitch, and pinch runner Daz Cameron advanced to second. Muñoz had to leave the game with an apparent injury, and he was replaced by left-hander Saucedo.

Saucedo walked JJ Bleday closed out the win for the Mariners, who are now 28-0 when leading after eight innings.

But at least the A’s avoided the indignity – officially, anyway — of being outdrawn by The Town’s other professional baseball team playing its first-ever home game.

At newly refurbished Raimondi Park in West Oakland, a sold-out crowd of roughly 4,100 saw the Oakland Ballers face the Yolo High Ballers in a Pioneer League game.

The Coliseum crowd on Tuesday, boisterous at times, was the 15th-biggest in the A’s 30th home game of the season. The A’s have averaged just 6,275 fans per game this year, their last in Oakland.

Tuesday’s crowd saw the Mariners score three runs in the top of the third on four doubles off of A’s starter Mitch Spence. The A’s responded with single runners in the bottom of the third and sixth innings but left a combined nine runners on base in what became their fifth loss in six games.

In the third, Spence’s 53rd pitch was hammered to right-center field by Ty France for a two-RBI double that gave the Mariners a 2-0 lead. Spence then allowed another double to Luke Raley, scoring France for a 3-0 Seattle lead.

The A’s got one run back in the bottom of the third.

Mariners starter George Kirby retired the first seven batters with five strikeouts before Zack Gelof legged out a double with one out in the bottom of the third inning. That hustle paid off as with two outs, Gelof scored on an Abraham Toro bloop single to left center.

After the Mariners scored a run in the top of the fourth, thanks in part to Oakland’s MLB-worst 44th error of the season, the A’s loaded the bases in the bottom half. But on a 1-2 count, Kirby got Gelof swinging on an 87-mph slider.

Spence made it through six innings. Before Tuesday, Spence had performed well for the A’s, especially considering the state of the starting staff right now.

In his last three appearances, all starts, Spence was 1-1 with a 2.08 ERA (three earned runs in 13.0 innings) as a starter.

In his last start on May 28, Spence combined with T.J. McFarland, the now-suspended Michael Kelly, and Mason Miller on a three-hit shutout in the A’s 3-0 win at Tampa Bay. Spence recorded career highs in innings (5.1) and pitches (98), as he retired 16 of the first 17 batters he faced. Kelly was given a year suspension from MLB for betting on games while he was in Triple-A in the Astros organization in Oct. 2021

Spence might be in the rotation for a while, with starters Paul Blackburn (right foot stress reaction), Joe Boyle (lower back strain), Ross Stripling (right elbow flexor strain), Alex Wood (rotator cuff tendinitis), and Ken Waldichuk (Tommy John surgery) all on the injured list.

Waldichuk will not be able to return until the middle of next season at the earliest. Boyle, Stripling, and Wood could all return sometime this month, but Blackburn does not have a timetable. He’s hopeful, though, that he can ditch the walking boot he’s lugging around later this week.

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