What appeared to be the weakest pitching matchup of the series instead delivered the highest quality hurling of all.
There was a time when Félix Hernández was a dominant enough starter that he could single-handedly carry the Mariners pitching staff.
This year, just like last year, there figures to be one team standing head shoulders above the rest of the NL East: the Nationals.
Sonny Gray continued his 2017 search for his 2015 self Wednesday. And, in what was his most dominant start in nearly two full years, he gave the Oakland crowd more than a mere glimpse at his Cy Young-type form.
The National League East is not viewed as a powerhouse division. But with teams of the caliber of the Washington Nationals and New York Mets how could that be?