The A spoiled a strong start from Frankie Montas and lost 4-3 to the Seattle Mariners in a game that came down to two missed spots and two wild pitches on Friday night in Seattle.
Montas dropped his sinker in the mid-mid zone twice as many times. After running a leadoff hitter in the second inning, he dropped a sinker at the heart of the plate for Cal Raleigh, who raced 444 feet into the first home of his career to give the Mariners a 2–0 lead in right field . Louis Torrens made it 3–0 with a single home run.
Montas replied that he faced five of the next six batsmen and threw his splitter more aggressively in his six-inning appearance – and that his splitter was bad. He threw it 33 times out of his 102 pitches and out of 19 swings it got, 13 were swings and misses. Of his 10 strikeouts, three came on his splitter and six on his slider.
Matt Chapman and Matt Olsen helped take Montas off the hook with a pair of home runs. Chapman’s single home run came in third off Mariners starter Yusei Kikuchi, a left-handed pitcher who was given a fit of A. Olsson placed the A within one with his single home run in the fourth inning, his 26th of the year and 14th from a left-handed pitcher.
In fifth, third base coach Mark Kotse sent an offensive to Jacob Wilson on Mark Kanaha’s double, which paid off when Mariners could not stop catcher Raleigh Riley. A clean catch and a tag would have put Wilson a few feet ahead.
Jake Dieckman was wild in relief. After allowing an infield hit, pinch runner Dylan Moore stole a base and Diekman threw two wild pitches to make a go-forward run. Diekman threw three wild pitches and A threw a total of five pitches, which is the Oakland record for a single game.
A could have got the lead before an innings, when he loaded the base with a nine-pitch walk from Kanha and a little help from a single from pinch-hitter Tony Kemp with Chapman on base. But Elvis Andrus swung, dropping the A’s average to .220 (13-for-59) with the bases loaded. On Friday, he scored 17 times, 12 times against Kikuchi.