MLB: Cal Raleigh sends Mariners to playoffs; First participation since 2001

Designated hitter Cal Raleigh couldn’t have come up with a better scenario to send the Seattle Mariners to their first MLB playoff appearance since 2001.

With two strikeouts and a full count in the bottom of the ninth inning against the Oakland Athletics, Raleigh broke a 1-1 tie with a home run to right that sowed hysteria at T-Mobile Park.

It was Raleigh’s 26th hit of the season…all on his first at bat of the night.

Authors of 86 wins (against 70 losses), the Mariners still have, with six games to go, a chance to join the Toronto Blue Jays for the first of two spots reserved for teams selected in America.

This is quite a turnaround for a club that was 10 games below the .500 mark on June 10th.

The Mariners’ 21-campaign clean streak was the longest not only in Major League Baseball, but in all of the major North American sports.

Starter Logan Gilbert was an important part of Seattle’s historic victory, going eight innings on the mound, giving up just one run, on a Shea Langeliers homer.

It’s the longest shutout of Gilbert’s young career, which has 32 starts this season, his second in the MLB.

The formation led by Scott Servais has won the last three meetings. It has two games remaining against Oakland at home before hosting the Detroit Tigers four times (including a doubleheader) between October 3-5.

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