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Cal Raleigh homer ends Seattle Mariners’ 21-year playoff drought | Seattle Mariners

Cal Raleigh hit a game-winning home run with two outs in the bottom of the ninth inning and the Seattle Mariners ended the longest playoff drought in baseball with a 2-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Friday. in the evening.

Raleigh, pinch hitter for Luis Torrens, hit a 3-2 pitch from Domingo Acevedo (3-4) just inside the right-field foul pole for a solo home run that sent the Mariners to the postseason for the first time since 2001.

Seattle’s on-field celebration lasted more than 10 minutes as fans and players shed the burden of two decades without seeing their baseball team’s playoffs.

Indeed, it had been a long wait: The last time the Mariners advanced to play featured games in October, the team was led by rookie Ichiro Suzuki and Edgar Martinez and coached by Lou Piniella.

Droughtless in Seattle. A walk-off homer sends the @Mariners to the postseason.

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— MLB (@MLB) October 1, 2022

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As has been the case for most of this season with the Mariners, their 86th victory and the one that sent them back to the playoffs happened in the most stressful way possible. Seattle couldn’t figure out Oakland starter Ken Waldichuk and an assembly line of relievers for eight innings, limited only by Ty France’s double RBI that Dylan Moore scored two batters into the game.

Acevedo struck out Mitch Haniger and Carlos Santana to lead off the ninth, but Raleigh hit his 26th homer of the season, the most by a Seattle catcher.

In addition to securing a postseason berth, Seattle remained a game and a half behind Toronto for the top wild card spot and a half game ahead of Tampa Bay as the three continue to compete for seeding.

But place in the standings didn’t matter tonight. It was about getting the final ticket to the American League and ending two decades without the guarantee of playoff baseball.

Seattle’s spot ended the longest active playoff drought in any of North America’s top four professional sports, a dubious honor that now falls to the Sacramento Kings, who haven’t made the NBA playoffs since the 2005-06 season. The Mariners remain the only current team that has never played in the World Series.

The last time the Mariners reached the postseason they tied a major league record by winning 116 games in the regular season, but lost to the Yankees 3-1 in the AL Championship Series.

Seattle’s Logan Gilbert pitched a career-high eight innings, allowing three hits. His only mistake was a home run by Shea Langeliers in the second inning.

Gilbert retired 18 of the last 20 batters he faced and put the A’s in order in each of his final four innings. Seth Brown walked leading the seventh but was retired on a double play.

Gilbert struck out four and walked off the mound after the eighth to a standing ovation and pleas from fans for him to run.

Matt Brash (4-4) struck out a pair in the ninth and set the stage for Raleigh.


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