Milone, A’s, complete sweep of Seattle
The Headline: Tommy Milone mows over the Mariners as Oakland completes the sweep.
Seattle Mariners 2, Oakland Athletics 4
When: 4:10 ET, Sunday, September 9, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Temperature: 64 degrees
Umpire: Home — Jim Reynolds, 1B — James Hoye, 2B — Jim Joyce, 3B — Lance Barrett
1. Healthy outfield
For the first time in a while the Mariners played a game with a healthy and complete outfield.
Saunders and Guti both looked strong over the series, and that’s important for Seattle’s future. One of the more impressive at bats from the trio was Saunder’s two out RBI triple in the fifth to help get the Mariners on the board.
2. New look lineup
Dustin Ackley was given the day off, so I know this won’t be the everyday lineup from here on out. Still, there were some real positive things about the setup.
Saunders and Guti hitting one-two is a good way to leadoff. That gives you a lot of speed at the top, but it only works if both can get on base. When both players are at the top of their game, they can.
If this stays the trend it could open up the door for Ackley to bat middle of the order. Like the other two, when he’s at the top of his game this is a good place for him to be.
3. Offense everywhere
Despite only putting up two runs, the offense had a little bit of everything during this one.
As a team, the Mariners hit for the cycle. Saunders had the triple, John Jaso had a double, Kyle Seager had his 17th home run and a few guys brought singles.
Seattle played aggressive on the basepaths, with stolen bases from Miguel Olivo and Alex Liddi—two guys who aren’t particularly run savvy.
1. The sweep
The M’s came into this one well under .500. Despite their hot second half, these three wins or three losses aren’t going to do much for the team’s playoff chances.
But it’s always fun to play the spoiler, especially against division rivals.
With Oakland leading the wildcard and just a few games back from the West leading Rangers, this was Seattle’s chance to rough up the standings.
Instead they were swept at home.
2. Milone mows over M’s
I liked a lot of things about Seattle offense. I liked the lineup, I liked the look of the outfield and I liked how much they did in one game. What I didn’t like was how they let Tommy Milone run all over them.
In six innings the A’s rookie pitcher struck out 10 Mariners. The lowest part of the game came in the bottom of the second when Milone struck out the side, all with swinging strikes.
3. Pitching roughed up
This has not been a good series for Seattle pitching. In the series, the Mariner’s gave up 16 runs.
The damage has been widespread. The starters haven’t been effective, and the bullpen hasn’t dominated. Hard to feel positive about your team when their one strength becomes a weakness.
The M’s roll into Toronto Tuesday to kick off a six game roadtrip. Hopefully the pitchers are able to settle down and get some wins.
Oakland C George Kottaras, who was not in the lineup against the left-handed Vargas, has four home runs and 13 RBIs over his last five games.
Mariners 3B Alex Liddi went 1-for-3 and scored a run in his first start since June 9. The Italian-born Liddi, who struck out as a pinch hitter Friday, was sent to Triple-A Tacoma on June 12 and recalled Tuesday.