A walk-off home run by Brandon Moss handed a well-deserved victory to Jarrod Parker and the Oakland Athletics, who defeated the Seattle Mariners by the score of 2-1 at the O.co Coliseum on Monday night.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, Moss hammered a pitch from Mariners reliever Carter Capps just over the center field wall and past the leaping attempt by Dustin Ackley.
It’s a good thing the A’s won it in the ninth, because otherwise, Parker wouldn’t have gotten the win that he worked so hard for.
Parker pitched a full nine innings for the first time in his career, allowing just one unearned run on eight hits, striking out seven. He only needed 100 pitches to do it, and was extremely efficient for the A’s tonight.
Parker’s lone blemish came in the seventh. Nick Franklin led off the inning with a single, and was on third base with two out when Kendrys Morales roped an RBI single down the right field line that tied the game at 1-1. Morales would then be thrown out trying to go from first to third on a base hit by Justin Smoak, underestimating the arm of Josh Reddick in right field.
The Mariners’ Aaron Harang pitched two fewer innings than Parker, but was also effective. He allowed one run on five hits.
The A’s did get on the board first in the fourth inning, when the first two batters hit singles and Yoenis Cespedes scored after Josh Donaldson beat out a potential double play ball.
It was another grinder of a game for the A’s, but they will certainly take the win, maintaining their position of a half game back of the Rangers in the AL West.