No team in baseball has a longer postseason drought than the Seattle Mariners. The Mariners have not made the playoffs since 2001, Ichiro Suzuki‘s rookie season and the year after Alex Rodriguez signed with the Rangers as a free agent.
The Mariners are currently 3 1/2 games back of the second wild card spot with four teams ahead of them and 21 games to play. They’re still alive, no doubt about it, but their postseason odds are small. SportsLine puts them at 2.3 percent, in fact. Chances are the Mariners will not the playoffs for the 15th straight season.
Postseason baseball did return to Safeco Field on Friday night, however. The Everett AquaSox (Mariners) and Spokane Indians (Rangers) of the short season Single-A Northwest League played Game 2 of their best-of-three postseason series at Safeco on Friday.
The AquaSox won Friday’s game 8-0 (box score) and finished the sweep to advance to the NWL championship series. Here are some photos of the celebration at Safeco Field:
Everett led 2-0 after four innings and blew the game open with a five-run fifth. Back-to-back two-run doubles by third baseman Nick Zammarelli and first baseman Kristian Brito were the big blows. AquaSox right-hander Matthew Festa allows six hits in seven scoreless innings to get the win.
“After the first half (of the season) we all sat down together and talked about what the playoffs mean to us,” said Festa to Jesse Geleynse of the Everett Herald. “We’re all college guys and know what it’s like to get there, so we knew we could do it. But to be here is awesome. It makes the whole season worth it.”
Game 2 was moved to Safeco Field because of rain. Game 1 had to be moved from Everett Memorial Stadium to Avista Stadium in Spokane. Game 2 was moved to Safeco, which must have been a thrill for the players. Chances are it was the first time many of them set foot on a major league field.
The win gives the AquaSox their first postseason series win since 2010, when they won the NWL championship. They’ll play the Eugene Emeralds (Cubs) in the best-of-three championship series starting Sunday. Alas, the games will not be played at Safeco Field.
Source: CBS Sports Headlines / Mariners’ Safeco Field gets first postseason baseball action in quite a while