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Game Thread #47: Oakland A’s at Seattle Mariners

First game of ANOTHER doubleheader

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San Diego Padres v Oakland Athletics Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The air in Seattle is thick with smoke, but the games are going on as scheduled.

T-Mobile Park looks like a gritty reboot superhero origin-story movie.

The Oakland A’s are visiting the Mariners for a doubleheader, which itself is a makeup for games postponed by the A’s coronavirus case a couple weeks ago. This was originally supposed to be an off-day for both teams. They’ll make up the third postponed game later this month in their final series together.

For the A’s, it’s Jesus Luzardo on the mound. The rookie lefty looked great in his last start against the Astros, going seven innings and allowing just two runs on four hits and a walk while striking out seven. He hasn’t faced Seattle yet this year.

The Mariners counter with their ace, Marco Gonzales. The lefty is having his best season yet, and in his last two starts (against the Angels and Rangers) he tossed 16 innings with three runs, 15 strikeouts, one walk, and eight hits. If there had been an All-Star Game this year, he almost certainly would have represented Seattle.

For a full look at the Mariners roster, which is quite different after a busy trade deadline, check out our series preview. The A’s also made several moves this morning, and you can catch up on those and see the current updated roster at our news post here. Seattle may not seem like any kind of contender, but they enter this game on a 14-7 run, and they’re only 1.5 games back of Houston for second place and a guaranteed postseason spot.

First pitch is (was) 2:10 p.m., with the following options to watch or listen:

  • TV: NBC Sports California
  • Radio: 960 AM
  • Online video stream: fuboTV
  • Online audio stream: iHeartRadio

A’s lineup (away)

  1. SS Marcus Semien (R)
  2. 3B Tommy La Stella (L)
  3. RF Stephen Piscotty (R)
  4. LF Mark Canha (R)
  5. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  6. C Sean Murphy (R)
  7. DH Khris Davis (R)
  8. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
  9. 2B Tony Kemp (L)
  • Jesús Luzardo, LHP

No Jake Lamb yet, which makes sense against the lefty starter. Kemp is in there against the lefty (instead of righty Nate Orf) because he’s 4-for-4 with two walks in his career against Gonzales.

Mariners lineup (home)

  1. SS Dylan Moore (R
  2. 2B Ty France (R)
  3. CF Kyle Lewis (R)
  4. 3B Kyle Seager (L)
  5. 1B Evan White (R)
  6. C Luis Torrens (R)
  7. RF Phillip Ervin (R)
  8. LF Jose Marmolejos (L)
  9. DH Tim Lopes (R)

I have it on good authority that these are all real people who are employed as baseball players by an MLB team.

  • Marco Gonzales, LHP

Let’s Go Oakland!