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Game Thread #48: Oakland A’s at Seattle Mariners

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Doubleheader Part 2: The search for a split

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Houston Astros v Oakland Athletics - Game Two Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

The Oakland A’s built a 5-0 lead in the opener of today’s doubleheader, but the Seattle Mariners scored six unanswered runs to capture a 6-5 victory. D’oh!

Now the A’s will look to salvage a split in the twin-bill. They’ll do so behind starter Mike Minor, who struggled in both of his first two outings in green and gold since being acquired from the Texas Rangers at the trade deadline two weeks ago. Minor made a relief appearance and allowed two runs in an inning, then made a start in last Tuesday’s doubleheader and got lifted during a jam in the 4th with four runs ultimately going on his record. He’ll look for better success Monday evening amid an overall disappointing season.

Good news: Minor has pitched solidly against Seattle this year in two games, with 10 total innings and four runs allowed. Of the three homers he served up, only Kyle Lewis is still on the team and in the lineup.

The Mariners send out reliever Jimmy Yacabonis. The right-hander made 11 total starts in 2018-19 combined, among his 41 appearances overall, so he’s not a stranger to the 1st inning and he’s capable of going multiple frames. He faced the A’s four times in 2019 and didn’t allow a run in 6⅔ innings.

Oakland outfielder Stephen Piscotty exited the first game early with what manager Bob Melvin described as a knee sprain in his post-game conference. Meanwhile, new signing Jake Lamb will make his A’s debut, in the designated hitter spot.

First pitch is 5:05 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. 2B Tommy La Stella (L)
  2. SS Marcus Semien (R)
  3. LF Robbie Grossman (S)
  4. 1B Matt Olson (L)
  5. RF Mark Canha (R)
  6. DH Jake Lamb (L)
  7. CF Ramon Laureano (R)
  8. C Jonah Heim (S)
  9. 3B Vimael Machin (L)
  • Mike Minor, LHP

First look at Lamb, who is playing in his hometown tonight. Machin gets the call at 3B, and Heim takes a turn catching after Sean Murphy already put in a day’s work this afternoon.

Mariners lineup (home)

  1. 2B Dylan Moore (R
  2. 3B Ty France (R)
  3. CF Kyle Lewis (R)
  4. DH Kyle Seager (L)
  5. 1B Evan White (R)
  6. DH Tim Lopes (R)
  7. LF Jose Marmolejos (L)
  8. SS Donovan Walton (L)
  9. C Joseph Odom (R)
  • Jimmy Yacabonis, RHP

Mostly the same. Honestly, can you even tell me off the top of your head which three hitters switched out from the first game? (Just kidding, it’s only two hitters switching out ... or is it?)

Let’s Go Oakland!