Seattle Opens at Home 2 games to 1, move to .500
The Headline: The pitching holds things together while the middle of the order finally does something to give the Seattle Mariners a great win.
Seattle Mariners 5, Oakland Athletics 3
When: 4:10 ET, Sunday, April 15, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Temperature: 52 Degrees
Umpires: Home — Eric Cooper, 1B — Marty Foster, 2B — Tim Timmons, 3B — Jeff Kellogg
Here’s my love ‘em hate ‘em of game 3 of this three game series.
1. Solid Pitching All Around
Blake Beavan wasn’t amazing, but he got the job done. The young pitcher went 7-innings, giving up 3 runs, striking out 4 and walking none.
The real story here is the bullpen. Finally, the M’s relievers shut down a game. Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a near perfect 8th, and Brandon League continued his scoreless streak while picking up the save.
2. The Middle of the Order Comes Alive
In the 3rd inning, Smoak launched a solo shot to right field. The home run broke Smoak’s 0-11 slump, as well as his 8 game home run drought.
In the 5th, Ichiro had an RBI double. It was his first RBI in six games, and first extra base hit in five games.
3. An AL West Break
So far, Seattle’s schedule has been monotonous. Seven of the Mariners’ eleven games have come against the Oakland Athletics, and the other four have been against an other AL West rival, the Texas Rangers.
The M’s won’t see another AL West team for twelve more series, in which time they’ll face off against nine different teams.
1. No Patience for Patience
The Mariners continue their aggressive hitting ways. The entire team managed to put together one free pass today.
Seattle is currently second to last in team OBP at .267.
2. Where’s Summer?
Yesterday the M’s played in 60 degree weather, and today things dropped to 52 degrees. It’s about time things started warming up and we had some real baseball weather.
3. Tough Day for Montero
Jesus Montero seemed to turn heads yesterday when he launched his first homer as a Mariner deep to center field. Unfortuanatly his breakout didn’t carry over to Sunday.
Montero went 0-4, striking out twice and leaving three men on base.
Montero snapped a nine-game hitting streak. Blake Beavan has posted quality starts in five of his past six outings dating to last season. The lowest-scoring team in the American League, the A’s scored a total of seven runs in the series.