The Oakland A’s appeared to be cruising to a win behind Sonny Gray until it all unraveled in the eighth inning.
Before the game manager Bob Melvin had noted: “His stuff is as good in the eighth inning as it is in the second. His bite on his breaking ball and presence on the mound stay the same.”
Unfortunately, Gray didn’t make it until the eighth. Sean Doolittle started the frame and ended his night without recording an out. He faced four batters, all of whom scored. It was a rough line for the left-hander, but he certainly wasn’t helped when Yoenis Cespedes clanked a hard hit ball to left.
“You don’t see it often,” said Melvin of the poor outing for the lefty. “You’re going to have games where you don’t get it done.”
Doolittle added: “We made a mess of the eighth. We feel like that’s a game we should have won.”
In total, the Seattle Mariners grabbed five runs in the inning as they opened up a 7-4 advantage. It was a sloppy inning for the A’s, which included a pair of run-scori