During Kyle Seager’s decade-long tenure as Seattle’s third baseman, the overwhelming goal of his desire to stop the Mariners long postseason drought was to find a solution.
In a season where expectations were low Seager and Mariners almost pulled off late magic, but they fell short the last weekend. I was hoping that we would get two losses and then win the final game. That was my ultimate goal,” Seager stated.
The Mariners’ quest to halt their 20-year playoff drought finally fizzled Sunday as they lost to the Los Angeles Angels 7-3 on the last day of the regular season. Los Angeles took the other two series games and stopped
Seattle from advancing late into contention. To force at most a tiebreaker for the American League wild card, the surprising Mariners had to win and lose by New York or Boston.
But both the Yankees and Red Sox scored in the ninth inning to win and clinch postseason spots, rendering Seattle’s result meaningless. It wasn’t like we had more talent than any other team, but it was a team that played well together.
It was likely to be Seager’s farewell. He joined the Mariners in 2011.. Once the Boston and New York victories went final, the closing moments of Game 162 became an emotional sendoff for the former All-Star.
Seager received a standing ovation and was hugged by his teammates after he had been lifted at the ninth inning. Before Scott Servais stepped onto the field, Seager was in tears.
” While you might not remember today’s score, some moments of it will be etched in your mind.
Shohei Ohtani led off the game with his 46th home run for the Angels and Jared Walsh added a two-run shot in the fourth that left the more than 44,000 in attendance sitting in nervous silence for most of the day.
The Angels finished the season 77-85 and in fourth place in the AL West for the fourth straight season. Manager Joe Maddon stated that it was a great way to end the season, other than having been able to continue playing for a bit longer.
Seattle’s 20-year absence from the postseason is the longest in any of the four major pro sports in North America. The Mariners had won 10 of 11 coming into the final series against the Angels, and combined with stumbles by the Yankees and Red Sox, provided hope going into the final three days of at the very least extending the season to a 163rd game.
Seattle lost the opening game to the Angels by 2-1. However, it rallied to win 6-4 on Saturday night to maintain its hopes of reaching the end.
The Mariners lost the opener to the Angels 2-1. However, there are signs that the Mariners’ young core can keep Seattle in regular contention for the future. The Mariners finished 90-72, their best record since winning 93 games in 2003.
“Baseball’s back in Seattle,” Servais said. We didn’t make it to the end, but we are on our way. I am excited to see so many others join us for what’s sure to be an exciting ride. “
Seattle starter Tyler Anderson (7-11) wasn’t good from the outset, making his third start in eight days. The Angels had already battered Anderson for nine runs in just two innings a week before. Anderson was given a spot start against Oakland last Tuesday, and allowed one run over four innings.
But he didn’t show the same crispness against the A-s. Ohtani hit the home run on the third pitch. Anderson was able to score two walks and hit two runs, including an RBI double by David Fletcher. Anderson also scored a sacrifice fly in the fifth inning.
Left-hander Anthony Misiewicz gave up a two-out hit to Phil Gosselin and Walsh’s 29th homer of the season in the fourth to give the Angels a 6-2 lead. Seattle was not able to score at the plate despite having a difficult pitching situation. In the first and third innings, the Mariners failed to place runners. The worst was the fourth when Seattle had runners at the second and third bases and could not score. J.P. Crawford walked and Ty France was caught in the foul line.
Seattle loaded the bases in the sixth, with only one out. However, they managed to score just one run.
Along with the celebration in the ninth inning that carried into postgame, Seager’s son Crue threw out the first pitch to his dad. Seager was able to continue the chants long after the last out, as he remained on the field with his teammates and staff for photos.
” If this is Seager’s last game, they will say goodbye to him and express their gratitude for all that he has done. It’s difficult because he is an incredible guy, and even better teammate. “
Ohtani finished with 100 RBIs and one home run shy of matching Troy Glaus’ franchise record of 47 in 2000.
” “This was a fantastic, wonderful year. There is only one person that could duplicate it and that’s him,” Maddon stated.
Angels: Los Angeles will open the 2022 season on March 31 at Oakland.
Mariners: Seattle opens the 2022 season at home on March 31 vs. Detroit.