August 19, 2013 at 7:07 PM
Game thread: Athletics 2, Mariners 1, FINAL
Brandon Moss hit a walkoff homer to center off Carter Capps in the bottom of the ninth. Mariners lose it 2-1.
8:30 p.m.: Nick Franklin has been in a terrible slump, but opened the seventh inning by lining a single to right that Josh Reddick bobbled, allowing the speedy Franklin to take advantage and head to second. That was big because Franklin was then able to take third on a grounder to the right side and then scored on a Kendrys Morales single to right that ties the game 1-1.
Aaron Harang is now into his seventh inning of work, having scattered five hits so far, We’ve got ourselves a ballgame.
7:50 p.m.: Aaron Harang has pitched the Athletics tough tonight, but they got to him in the fourth inning and took a 1-0 lead. Josh Reddick opened with a roller up the middle, the Yoenis Cespedes lined an ensuing single into center field to put two on. Brandon Moss connected on a ball that took left fielder Raul Ibanez to the lip of the warning track for an out, with Reddick going to third on the play.
Josh Donaldson then hit a slow hopper that shortstop Brad Miller went to second on to try to turn a double play. But the ball was hit too softly and Donaldson beat the throw to first before the Mariners could turn the twin-killing, allowing the run to score.
7:05 p.m.: Aaron Harang and the word “momentum” haven’t exactly gone hand-in-hand this year when it comes to the fortunes of his Mariners team. Harang will try to change that tonight here at the Coliseum.
He actually looked OK for four innings at Tampa Bay, but then got roughed up and had to leave after five. One key for him is not to get knocked around the first two innings. We’ll see. If he gets through those, he often has a good outing.