OAKLAND — It’s been a strange couple of days for estranged first baseman Yonder Alonso, but at least he has a victory in his new uniform after all of his travails.
Informed he’d been traded by the A’s to the Seattle Mariners just a couple of hours before game time Sunday in Anaheim, Alonso couldn’t get a flight out of Orange County on his own, so he actually flew back with his old team back to Oakland and waited for his new team to arrive.
With the Mariners playing the A’s Tuesday night at the Coliseum, Alonso arrived at the ballpark around 11 a.m. before his ex-teammates in order to move all of his bats and other gear from one clubhouse to the other. He set up shop in the locker next to his good friend and ex-A’s teammate Danny Valencia, but he not only he had to use his green-and-gold A’s duffel bags to transport his equipment, he had to wear white Oakland cleats during the game.
Alonso subsequently went 1 for 5 with his new club — an infield single — but the Mariners rallied from a 5-1 deficit to beat the A’s 7-6 in 10 innings. Josh Smith surrendered a two-out, go-ahead solo home run to No. 9 hitter Leonys Martin in the top of the 10th to spoil a night that had started so well for Oakland.
Khris Davis drove in four runs with a three-run homer down the right-field line in the first inning — his 30th — and added an RBI triple in third. Ryon Healy hit his 21st homer in the fifth as Oakland took a 6-2 lead into the sixth behind starter Kendall Graveman. But ultimately, the A’s gave it all back with three errors and some shaky bullpen work before a crowd of 12,354. Moreover, other ex-Oakland players contributed. Valencia tied the game with a…
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