The Bats Ignite in Round Two of Opening Day
Returning to US soil, the Seattle Mariners light Oakland up for 7 runs.
The Headline: The top and bottom of the order put on a hit clinic, while Vargas puts together a solid start.
Seattle Mariners 7, Oakland Athletics 3
When: 9:05 ET, Friday, April 6, 2012
Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland
Temperature: 55 Degrees
Umpires: Home — Tom Hallion, 1B — Brian O’Nara, 2B — Alfonso Marquez, 3B — Chad Fairchild
Here’s my love ‘em hate ‘em of the Mariners second “season opener.”
1. The Obvious, the Bats Comin’ Alive
The Mariners finally found some offensive fire. The top of the order was supported by Chone Figgins and Dustin Ackley going 6-9 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. Michael Saunders and Brendan Ryan kept things going in the bottom, hitting a combined 4-7 with 4 runs scored.
2. Jesus Montero Back in the Lineup
Last Monday in Arizona Montero took a pitch to the helmet. Luckily, he didn’t show any symptoms of trauma, allowing him to return to the lineup. Montero played DH, hit 5th, and went 1-4 picking up his first RBI as a Mariner.
3. Hustle Everywhere
Figgins also had two key bunts, while Michael Saunders legged out an infield single.
1. The Bullpen Still Getting Hit
Steve Delabar recovered from his 1.1 IP 1 ER performance last week, but tonight Tom Wilhelmsen was shaky. In his 1 inning of work he gave up 1 ER on 3 hits.
2. Yoenis Cespedes Tagging Seattle with more Bombs
Yoenis Cespedes continues to represent a ray of hope for the power lacking Oakland lineup. Unfortunatly it’s come at the cost of Seattle’s ERA. Cespedes hit his second home run of the season — a huge 4th inning shot to left center.
The Cuban defector slash MLB rookie continues to impress by working Seattle pitching.
3. The Lineup Still Not Working Cohesively
Seattle put together a great night with the bats, but the offense lacks any cohesiveness. In Tokyo it was Ackley and Ichiro doing all the work. Tonight it was the top and bottom guys, without much support from the middle.
Things will look a lot better when the hits are distributed across the entire order.
Seattle had 13 hits off four Oakland pitchers. Jesus Montero served as Seattle’s designated hitter after being hit in the head with a pitch in an exhibition game Monday. Miguel Olivo played catcher.