Athletics-Mariners doubleheader played under smoke in Seattle


SEATTLE – Monday’s doubleheads between the Oakland Athletics and Seattle Mariners were played at T-Mobile Park with a haze of smoke above the arena, even with the stadium’s retractable roof.

Wildlife on the West Coast has encountered a lot of unhealthy air conditions in the Pacific Northwest that raise the question of whether the game will be played as well. The Seattle area air quality index surpassed 200 on Monday, a number considered “very unhealthy”.

According to the San Francisco Chronicle “nobody said a word,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said. “I heard that 200 was the cutoff level to begin with and my understanding is that this was the way for both games.”

Melvin said that other players had complaints during the second game about how bad the wind was on the field.

“I’m a healthy 22-year-old. I don’t want a gasp for air or missing oxygen. I’ll leave it at that,” said Oakland’s Game 1 starter Jesus Lujardo.

Jake Diekmann, a reliever, asked MLB what the “cut-off for air quality” was Tweet after game, And Game 2 starter Mike Minor said he could smell the smoke on the field.

“And then as you were leaving [I] Really didn’t notice it, “Minor said.” Got into game mode, I think. I didn’t really have that long [of] Shift. I felt like they were very smooth. But I know a lot of people were talking about it, saying how difficult it was. ”

The doubleheader was a make-up of three matches to be held earlier this month which was postponed by the AK after the player was tested for the Coronaires. The third of the three games to be played will be in Oakland on September 26 as part of another doubleheader.

“I think it was okay Breathing, but we definitely looked into it,” Seattle center fielder Kyle Lewis said. “The sky was all foggy and smoky, it was definitely not a normal situation, definitely a little weird.”

Seattle rallied from a 6–5, 5–0 deficit on Monday, before Oakland won 9–0 in the night game.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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