Love ’em & Hate ’em
Seattle 7, Oakland 1
When: 10:05 PM ET, Tuesday, April 2, 2013
Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
Umpires: Home – Angel Hernandez, 1B – Doug Eddings, 2B – John Tumpane, 3B – Dana DeMuth
1. Leadoff Hits
A day after an abysmal start to a ballgame from the Seattle Mariners (four strikeouts in first four plate appearances), Michael Saunders took the first pitch of the game to the opposite field and Kyle Seager hit a single through the hole into right.
Even with a good start not yielding a run, it is important to jump on opposing pitchers early and often before allowing too much confidence.
The Mariners didn’t have a strikeout until the fifth inning, and Jarrod Parker averaged more 20 pitches per inning, only lasting through the fifth Tuesday night.
2. 2-out rally!
In the third, Morse hit a towering, opposite-field three-run home run that he stared down from home plate after contact. It took some serious strength to muscle that out (Morse added another home run in the ninth).
Later, after a Kyle Seager double in the fifth, Morales hit an RBI-single right back up the middle to extend the Mariners’ lead.
Justin Smoak got his first RBI on a four-pitch walk with two outs and the bases loaded in the seventh.
Seager added another two-out RBI to his arsenal in the eighth.
3. Hisashi Iwakuma
With the way Hisashi Iwakuma was dealing Tuesday night, expect the giant Mariners screen to display something along the lines of this during home games: Hisashi IwaKKKKKKKuma!
His seven KO’s were fun to watch. In the second inning, Yoenis Cespedes took Iwakuma deep to straight-away center. In their second battle, Iwakuma changed the speeds on his pitches so drastically, (73 MPH breaking ball and a 93 MPH heater) that Cespedes was fooled on all three swinging strikes to avenge the earlier power.
1. Yoenis Cespedes
There is nothing that warrants this hate, but the raw power displayed from the A’s CF makes every at-bat must-watch television. The Mariners never expressed interest in the Cuban when he was auditioning for teams a season ago, but his power in the AL West will strike fear in pitchers for the rest of the decade. Hate equals respect today.
Not going to pretend there is more to hate after these two games. It felt like the A’s didn’t have many base runners until the game was getting out of hand.
Brendan Ryan hit .292 in 2009. That sounds nice. Ryan has been talking about regaining his confidence with the bat, and everyone in the room slowly nods their heads up and down.
Expect the lineup changes to continue for a while. Seager and Saunders will see playing time the majority of the time, but will probably hit in different spots until Eric Wedge feels confident and comfortable. Frankln Gutierrez, Raul Ibanez, and Jason Bay will see playing time sporadically as well.
Saunders stole two bases Tuesday.
Mariners starting pitchers have a 15-to-1 strikeout-to-walk rate. Oakland has six hits in the first two of the four-game series. That’s fantastic.
“We’re going to do some great things this year. Winning is fun. I hate losing!” – Mike Morse on KIRO post game #Mariners
— Q Smith (@NWSBQ) April 3, 2013