“The past two nights have been a bit tough on the board and she hasn’t been able to be productive,” said bowler Robbie Ray.
Louis Torrens scored one of four hits by the struggling Mariners as he was stopped again by last-placed Oakland Athletics, losing 2-1 on Wednesday night to lose their fifth defeat in six games.
Torrens called on the 8th for the only bright spot in Seattle after being called up earlier in the day. The Mariners are third and last from the AL wild-Card, four games ahead of Baltimore.
Seattle coach Scott Servis spoke to his team on Wednesday after the Mariners were limited to one stroke the night before about not trying to do too much and playing at the same level that has made Seattle so successful this year.
“You just have to stick to your standards,” he said. “We are in decline now.”
Vimael Machin doubled the RBI in the seventh inning, and Tony Kemp added a solo goal later in the half against Eric Swanson (2-1), a day after Kemp won by three games over Oakland at the Mariners 4-1.
Machin’s double passed through the legs of left player Jesse Winner, who denied a foul that allowed Jordan Diaz to score from the start after he equalized in front.
The sailors’ defense was not steadfast.
“I think we know where we are. We have to get better,” Service said.
James Caprillian (4-9) allowed a two-hit and six-hit with one walk on seven goal-free innings to outsmart Ray.
Ray, who had a 2.41 ERA with 28 strikes in his previous three games against the A this year, hit seven to hit the 200 strike mark in three walks and surrendered three strikes over six goalless innings.
Domingo Acevedo completed his fourth rescue.
“It’s a good team out there. They shocked us from the knockout stages last year and we want to get some wins from them. We love to go out there and compete against good teams,” said Caprilian.
Sailors: 3B Eugenio Suárez, who was put on the injured list Saturday with a broken right index finger, started taking light swings again with a softer ball and regular baseballs. He is scheduled to practice batting during this weekend’s series in Kansas City. “Geno is feeling so much better,” Service said. …C Cal Raleigh is back in the lineup after sitting out four of the previous five games with a sore left thumb.
Athletics: Ramon Laureano is expected to miss the remainder of the season after entering the injured list for 10 days on Saturday with a right hamstring injury. The rehabilitation program will begin in the coming days, but manager Mark Kotsai remarked with the remaining game time crunch this year, “I’m sure it will be the end of the season (the injury).” Laureano is already too late from August 15 to September. 5 With the tension of the left oblique muscle. …RHP Daulton Jefferies got a throw on Monday and now uses a brace that allows him to adjust his range of motion and hold him in place in public for elbow protection after Tommy John’s second surgery two weeks ago. “It’s very elegant,” he said in great spirit.
Sailors: Seattle recalled Jared Kielnik of Triple-A Tacoma and opted for Tacoma’s Torrens contract. Kelenic is expected to start the final series on Thursday afternoon and possibly the Torrens as well. OF Taylor Trammell was selected for Triple-A and INF/OF Jake Lamb assigned to the task.
RHP George Kirby (7-4, 2.98 ERA) pitches for Seattle in the series finale on Thursday versus RHP Adrián Martínez (4-5, 5.77), who lost his last two games tagged for 11 innings over 18 strikes on 8 2/ 3 runs.