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/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">SEATTLE -- The Oakland Athletics got to be spoilers and in the process saw some of their young players thrive playing in a charged, playoff atmosphere. 

Ravens Jerseys Outlet/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> .Joey Wendle hit a tiebreaking double in the 10th inning and the As ended the Seattle Mariners playoff hopes with a 9-8 victory on Saturday night.Bruce Maxwell opened the 10th with a double off closer Edwin Diaz (0-4), and Wendles fourth hit of the night scored pinch-runner Chad Pinder with the winning run.We talked about, before the series, that this was kind of our playoffs and the atmosphere would be different for these younger guys than anything theyve ever experienced before, Oakland manager Bob Melvin said. To get this many contributions from so many guys on the roster today, and in particular some of the younger guys ... this is really going to serve them well in the future.The Mariners were hoping to take their playoff chances to the final day of the regular season for the second time in three years. After rallying for three runs in the seventh and one in the eighth to tie it 8-8, the Mariners couldnt make game No. 162 count.Oakland got contributions throughout its lineup to ruin Seattles chances. Marcus Semien had four hits, including an RBI double in the eighth inning to put Oakland back ahead. Khris Davis hit his 42nd home run of the season and had an RBI double during Oaklands four-run third inning against Seattle starter Hisashi Iwakuma.But the standout was Wendle. Batting ninth in the order, Wendle scored twice, had three singles and capped his night with the winning double.It made it fun. As a player, you thrive in an environment like that, Wendle said. It was one of those games where you wanted to be up to the plate. I know there wasnt a guy in the dugout who didnt want to be up at the plate or didnt want the ball to be hit to them.Seattle had its chances late to push the AL wild card race to the final day as a four-team race. The Mariners rallied from 5-2 and 7-4 deficits to pull even at 7-all in the seventh inning after a two-run home run from Nelson Cruz, his 43rd of the season. Ben Gamels two-out single in the eighth scored Mike Freeman to tie the game again.Seattle will lament missed opportunities in the eighth and ninth innings. Each time Seattle had the bases loaded with two outs and couldnt push across another run.Ive only been a Mariner for a year but I have to believe that will go down as one of the most memorable games in Mariners history, Seattle manager Scott Servais said. Unfortunately, it didnt go our way. You know, cant say enough about our team. The competitive spirit. You know, how they went about things this entire year.Oakland also got a lucky bounce in the 10th. Gamel opened the bottom of the inning with a single, but Ryan Madson (6-7) recovered to jam Robinson Cano and force a weak groundout to third. Cruz hit a liner that bounced off Madsons leg and directly to first baseman Yonder Alonso for the second out and prevented Gamel from possibly scoring from second.Kyle Seager flew out to center field for the final out.SEATTLES DROUGHTThe Mariners last reached the postseason in 2001 when they tied the major league record with 116 wins in the regular season but were eliminated in the AL Championship Series by the New York Yankees.Seattle was well aware it needed a victory to stay alive in the wild-card race as highlights and updates of the other games were shown in the stadium throughout the early innings.STARTING ROLELost in the drama of all the late action was a shaky final performance by Iwakuma. After carrying the Mariners for stretches of the season, Iwakuma lasted just 3 2/3 innings and gave up five runs in his last start of the year.Oakland starter Jharel Cotton had allowed only two runs into the fifth before giving up Canos two-run homer that pulled Seattle within 5-4.UP NEXTAthletics: Left-hander Sean Manaea (6-9) closes out his rookie season on Sunday. Since coming off the disabled list in mid-September, Manaea is 1-0 with an 0.50 ERA in three starts.Mariners: Felix Hernandez (11-7) makes his final start of the year. Hernandez lost his last start against Houston. Buy Cheap Ravens Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . -- Edmontons Val Sweeting is two wins away from a trip to Winnipeg to play in Canadas Road of the Rings in December. Womens Ravens Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . Oaklands loss to Seattle clinched the ALs best record for the Red Sox with one day to spare in the regular season. "I think everybody was kind of watching," catcher David Ross said. "Demp (Ryan Dempster) came out before he went to the bullpen and was just yelling that they lost.>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> . John Tavares, Thomas Vanek and Kyle Okposo were also being counted on to slow down sizzling Rangers forward Rick Nash. That plan didnt go so well early. England Women 170 for 5 (Winfield 63, Beaumont 55) beat Pakistan Women 113 for 7 (Maroof 35) by 57 runsScorecardAnother match, another rout. At least for Pakistan they can leave this one knowing home is not too far away. It has been a tour to forget: a sizeable 6-0 blemish on the last six months that saw them turn over India, in India, at the World T20. From their inability to counter Englands top-order assaults, to their oversized playing kit, which billowed with every misfield and misguided hack across the line - this tour has shown they have much more work to do.A fifth won toss in six and Heather Knight had no qualms batting first: England had won all 11 previous matches at Chelmsford and, with that in mind, Tammy Beaumont and Lauren Winfield ensured a 12th was sewn up early with an opening stand of 108.Across the six matches, the first England wicket has been worth 801 - more than half of their teams runs. When Pakistan do return to their own beds, a few of their bowlers might want to check under them to ensure Beaumont and Winfield are nowhere to be seen. Both their half-centuries were typical of their play over the last month: Winfield willing and on the front foot, Beaumont wristy and devastating.The familiarity spread right through to the games conclusion. Pakistan were run ragged in the field and, facing a total they had no intention of chasing - Danni Wyatt pilfered 11 from the first four balls of the final over to help England set 170 - it was just a matter or whether they would be bowled out in the allotted time. In the end, they finished seven wickets down and 57 short.England rang changes with the ball, the most noticeable being left-armer Tash Farrant coming in for Katherine Brunt. Having made her debut at the age of 17, Farrant spent two years on the sidelines from January 2014 to February 2016, when Mark Robinson gave her a run out in Englands final T20I before the World T20.Hers is an example he was keen to address: a player picked young yet too young to cope with being dropped and overlooked for a prolonged period. Now 20, she looked at ease, cycling through her variations and even nabbing the wicket of opener Nahida Khan with a slower ball that was flat-batted back to her. There were first international wickets, too, for Alex Hartley.Talking about how easy you find things is one of crickets great taboos, but even Heather Knight, a measured individual who seems to cringe at her own success, might wonder what all the fuss of captaining your country is about.From the early part of Robinsons tenure as head coach, it was evident that both he and Knight were on the same page. In one of their first coach-pllayer interactions, Knight said she wanted to move away from feeling like the onus is on her to bat for as long as possible. Discount Ravens Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal">. She wanted freedom.As captain, she has been able to afford that to the rest of her team. All this while questions were being asked of whether life after Charlotte Edwards would really be so rosy. Those answers will not be able to be given just yet, but Knight was understandably punchy in the press conference.There was a lot of noise around the squad before the series and the girls have responded. The cricket we have played has been really entertaining to watch. Everyone is feeding off the success of each other and its been a really nice place to be.That last point is key. Perhaps one of the most noticeable elements of this England side is how much more open they seem. And while players young and experienced have commented on how Robinson has created a relaxed atmosphere, it has been particularly clear to former players no longer in the system.Caroline Atkins, who represented England between 2001 and 2011, was taken aback at how at ease the players were when she was around the team at Taunton as they prepared for the third ODI. It was not an atmosphere she was used to. Isa Guha and Ebony-Jewel Rainford-Brent have also presented caps to debutants during this tour, something that has rarely happened in English womens cricket. Rainford-Brent, whopresented Hartley with her T20 cap before this match, was even invited into the team huddle - a ringed haven usually reserved for squad members.There are of course elements that still need work. On a personnel level, Kate Cross return to international cricket, after an impressive pre-season tour of Sri Lanka with the England Academy, was disappointing, as she took 1 for 56 from the 11 overs she bowled across the first two ODIs. Cross will spend the next few weeks up to the inaugural Womens Super League fine-tuning some technical aspects of her game, such as her front arm, before leading the Lancashire Thunder in what is hoped to be a testing fortnight of high-level cricket. She will hope her name will be added to the long list of seamers Robinson has healed.Long term, it will be interesting to see whether the confidence gained from these six matches can carry through into something more sustainable. This is not a team that likes to blow their own trumpet. But after six matches of runs, wickets and outright dominance, and given the manner in which they are looking to play their cricket, they might have to get used to it. Cheap NFL Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap Jerseys From China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Wholesale Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> Cheap NFL Jerseys China/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> NFL Cheap Jerseys/>imsun; font-size:medium; line-height:normal"> ' ' '
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