The Seattle Mariners’ season is over tomorrow. It doesn’t matter on paper what they do they will either be 72-90 or 71-91 on the season and the sure-to-be-busy offseason begins. But the one thing I have been hoping for the M’s to do in these past few weeks was to play spoiler. They missed several opportunities but eliminated the Royals from the wild-card hunt earlier this week and by defeating the Oakland Athletics Saturday have given home field advantage throughout the playoffs to the Boston Red Sox.

Going into Saturday’s games Oakland trailed the Red Sox by two games for the best record in the American League. A Boston win or an Oakland loss would secure home field for Boston throughout the playoffs since the AL won the All-Star Game and home field for the World Series.

The Mariners jumped out on the A’s early thanks to a 2-run homer by Justin Smoak in the first inning a solo shot by Brad Miller in the 3rd and a grand slam by Miller in the 5th. With the score 7-1 going to the 6th victory seemed assured. But then again the M’s have made a habit of losing in strange ways this season and the bullpen likes a challenge.