Oakland at Seattle
June 27, 2012INDIANA SPORTS PAGE
The Seattle Mariners haven’t gotten many hits at home but they came up with the ones that counted on Tuesday, giving them a chance for a series win. The Mariners rank last in home batting average, hovering around .200, and are just 13-20 at Safeco Field. But after squandering a 2-0 lead on Tuesday, Seattle got a clutch hit from Brendan Ryan to cool the streaking Oakland Athletics. The A’s lost for just the fourth time in their last 14 games.
The Mariners allowed 39 runs in four games last week but have gotten great starting pitching lately to cut that number to six in the last four. A weak offensive output has resulted in only two wins in that span, however. Oakland had a chance to get back to .500 for the first time since May 22 with a sweep of Seattle but will instead have to hope for its fifth series win this month if it can close with a win on Thursday. The A’s have a tough schedule leading into the All-Star break, with a four-game showdown at first-place Texas over the weekend and the Boston Red Sox visiting next week.
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