Oakland A’s vs. Mariners: MLB baseball love ‘em & hate ‘em Game 2

The Mariners Put Together a Solid Win

The Headline: in unextraordinary fashion, the Seattle Mariners put together a solid 4-0 win over the A’s.

Seattle Mariners 4, Oakland Athletics 0
When: 9:10 ET, Saturday, April 14, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Temperature: 60 Degrees
Umpires: Home — Jeff Kellogg, 1B — Eric Cooper, 2B — Marty Foster, 3B — Tim Timmons
Attendance: 21,071

Here’s my love ’em hate ’em of game 2 of this four game series.

Love ’em

1. Jesus Montero Shows Off for the Home Crowd

Hitting homers in Safeco is a tough feat, let alone nailing a 415-footer to dead center. And yet, Jesus Montero did just that in front of 21,071 home town fans.

The solo shot was the first for Montero as a Mariner, and is sure to make any Seattle fan excited about the future. Later on, in the 6th-inning, Montero tacked a 2-run double onto his stellar night.

2. Redemption for Noesi

Hector Noesi was the second piece of the Michael Pineda trade. No one expected a future ace, but he seemed much more capable than his 3-inning 7-run performance against the Rangers.

Luckily, the 25-year old hurler turned things around tonight, going 8 innings of no-run ball. Noesi struck out 6 while walking 0, showing great poise with his fastball and changeup.

3. A Perfect League

Even though there wasn’t a save opportunity, Brandon League made a 9th inning appearance for the sake of saying in pitching form.

League struck out 1, and walked 1, but retained his 0.00 ERA on the season.

Athletics vs Mariners

Brandon League celebrates beating the Athletics with starting pitcher Hector Noesi and Jesus Montero - (Photo by Stephen Brashear/Getty Images)

Hate ’em

1. No Fire for Smoak

Justin Smoak remains deep in his slump. The 25-year old is currently mired in an 0-10 slump.

Smoak did take a bases loaded walk in the 6th — giving himself a nice RBI — but, was later thrown out at home on Montero’s double.

2. Ichiro Still Hitting Third?

It’s still early in the season, but already Ichiro Suzuki seems ill-fit to hit third. Ichiro went 0-4, leaving 4 men on base. This marks his seventh game in a row without an RBI.

With Dustin Ackley and Chone Figgins continuing to hit well — and each possessing 1 more RBI than Ichiro — it seems just a matter of time before the top three of the order are reshuffled.

3. 12 Batters Without Getting On

The entire Mariners lineup remains mired in an on base slump. The teams .217 OBP is third-to-last amongst all teams.

Between Montero’s 2nd-inning bomb, and Brendan Ryan‘s single in the 6th, the Mariners went 12 men in a row without anyone getting on base.

That kind of patience won’t cut it.

Here’s the BOXSCORE | and Our Managing Editor “Q” has his RECAP


The Mariners have won four of six meetings between the AL West rivals this season. Noesi and Montero both came over from the Yankees in the Michael Pineda trade. They seem to work well together and I noticed a ton of smiles between the two. This can only be beneficial moving forward.


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