Oakland Athletics played Seattle Mariners with a cloud of smoke hovering above on September 15. The Athletics successfully shut out Mariners 9-0 during a doubleheader.
While wearing the green jersey for the second time, Mike Minor could be seen dominating the Mariners during the second half of a 7-inning doubleheader at T Mobile Park, Seattle. The left-hander tossed a two-hitter with eight strikeouts, helping A’s win the match by 9-0.
Minor dropped the first half of the game. In the opening game, the A’s were able to secure a 5-0 lead.
In the second half, Mariners tried to comeback but failed, giving the A’s another lead of 5-0 and the doubleheader as well. The Oakland side was able to secure the win with the help of exceptional performances by Mike Minor and the new hitter, Jake Lamb.
Minor was acquired by the Athletics on August 31st from the Texas Rangers just before the trade deadline. He failed to perform and could be seen struggling in his initial games with the team, however, A’s did not seem to care, and this game showed us exactly why.
Earlier in his career, Minor was selected as an American League pitcher for the 90th Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Later, however, his performance dipped as he struggled during most of the 2020 summer season.
He also acknowledged and appreciated catcher Jonah Heim for a good game. In a post-match interview, Minor said that he played the game with a different strategy in mind, shifting his focus from tricking the hitters to simply attacking them with a lot of fastballs.
As Oakland shut down hitters from Seattle Mariners, the team’s own batting lineup was busy piling up runs, making way for an easy victory. Jake Lamb, another new player for the A’s also had a fantastic debut and it looks like he is going to fit in just fine.
The doubleheader was played with heavy smoke hovering above the players due to the wildfires on the West Coast. Multiple people have questioned whether it was safe for the players and if the match should have been played at all.