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Game #152: A’s lose third straight, fall behind Mariners in standings

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Wild Card race continues slipping away

Seattle Mariners v Oakland Athletics Photo by Lachlan Cunningham/Getty Images

That might be it for the Oakland A’s in 2021.

The A’s lost quietly to the Seattle Mariners yet again on Wednesday, by a 4-1 score at the Coliseum.

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Entering this week, Oakland still had a slim chance to compete for a Wild Card, but they’d need a big performance against the Mariners. Instead they’ve lost three straight to their division rival, totaling just five runs along the way. Not only have the A’s now fallen four back of the Second Wild Card with only 10 left to play, but Seattle just passed them in the standings, which means there are now three teams ahead of them for that final spot.

Tonight’s game was the same as the last two nights. The Mariners scored a few runs to take a lead, while Oakland’s lineup never got anything going in response. The A’s only mustered four hits, and they only scored on a solo homer.

On the pitching side, starter Cole Irvin allowed a pair of dingers, and also a frustrating sequence of single, wild pitch, single for another run.

  • Irvin: 5 ip, 3 runs, 5 Ks, 3 BB, 2 HR, 7 hits, 93 pitches, 85.1 mph EV

Out of the bullpen, Michael Feliz made his A’s debut after being claimed off waivers. He faced three batters in the 8th, inducing a popout, then allowing a sharp single, then issuing a walk, before being replaced.

On the hitting side, the only highlight was the long ball by Matt Chapman.

There was also a bit of an Ump Show in the 6th. The Mariners batter fouled off a pitch but the ump didn’t see it, all while a runner was stealing second. Time was called and the runner began heading back to first, and during the confusion the A’s thought they threw him out on his trip back, but he was instead allowed to stay at second. The end result was both manager Bob Melvin and bench coach Ryan Christenson were ejected.

That led to an interesting interim coaching arrangement.

Whether the ball hit the bat for a foul is not a reviewable play.

And that was that. Three nights at the Coliseum with the season on the line, three straight quiet losses. They’ve now lost 11 of 15 meetings with Seattle this year.

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Mathematically it’s not over yet, but the A’s postseason odds are dipping below 1% now.