Oakland A’s pitcher James Kaprilian earned his first win of the season in Seattle on Friday night as the A beat the Mariners 3-1.
Kaprilian, who started the season with right AC United on a 10-day injury list, played six innings, allowed three hits and dismissed four. It was their first win since September 18, 2021, which came against the Los Angeles Angels.
“I’m starting to find some queues and what I need to do to be consistent on the mound,” said Kaprilian. “I think it’s showing and I’m going to keep working on it. It’s the process of the baseball season, you keep evolving and keep working on your craft.”
The A broke a four-game losing streak and started July with a win after going 5-21 in June.
Shaun Murphy scored an opposite field single in the fifth inning in the first run of the game. Tony Kemp extended the A’s lead 2-0 to center field with a line drive that scored Sheldon Newey’s goal.
The Mariners took a 2–1 lead in the sixth and were runners-up in first and second with two dismissals, but the Caprillian dismissed Abraham Toro on his 86th pitch of the night to limit the loss.
“I’m an intense competitor and I think everyone in this club knows that,” said Caprillion. “For me, it’s a great opportunity that I was able to go there in the sixth and work through that. My job as a starting pitcher is still when my back is against the wall and to keep competing and I I’m always going to do this for this team.
A’s manager Mark Cootse said: “I thought he bowled the ball better in the last start and it was a great performance from him tonight.” “He fought and got through to the sixth, big strike in that innings. It’s really encouraging to see Cap go through the body language and the intensity from pitch one. He looked like the cup of old.”
Murphy restored the two-run cushion with his ninth home run of the season, a single shot into right field. He conceded 3 for 5 and after a slow start to June, Murphy is batting. 297 in his last 20 matches.
The A maintained their 3–1 lead as reliever Zach Jackson escaped from the bottom of the seventh inning with loaded bases to fly Winker to Ramon Loreno.
Lou Trivino earned the save for Oakland in the absence of close Danny Jimenez, who is on a 15-day injured list with a strained shoulder. Trivino made three saves in three straight matches.
In exchange for Major, Nieus’s bat makes noise.
Neuse has been batting .342 in 11 games and has had a seven-game hit streak since being recalled from Triple-A Las Vegas on June 21. Neuse was batting a second-round draft pick by A in 2016. .228 for Aviators on June 17th before being deprecated.