The Oakland Athletics’ final game of the 2013 regular season showed everyone why they’re heading to the postseason with the second best record in the AL. Spectacular pitching and timely hitting up and down the lineup lead to a 9-0 thrashing of the Seattle Mariners on the road in the final tuneup before the playoffs begin.
Sonny Gray pitched five shutout innings, allowing just three hits. The bullpen of Jesse Chavez, Pedro Figueroa, Dan Otero, Ryan Cook and Grant Balfour combined to shut down the Mariners the rest of the game.
On offense, the A’s put up four runs each in the second and fifth innings. In the second, Chris Young drove in a pair and Seth Smith doubled him in, knocking Mariners’ starter Erasmo Ramirez out of the game. Brandon Moss, who hit his 30th home run of the season yesterday, singled to right to knock in Smith following the pitching change.
Seven different players drove in runs for the A’s, from everyday starters to bench players getting some playing time in the final game. Alberto Callaspo, Josh Reddick, and Daric Barton recorded RBIs in the fifth, and Andy Parrino got his name in the box score with an RBI double in the ninth.
The A’s will have almost a week to rest and gameplan for the Tigers in the ALDS. Game 1 will be on Friday in Oakland, with the time yet to be determined.