The Mariners Come To Life in the 9th
The Headline: The Seattle Mariners bats remain anemic through 6-innings, but come alive in a late inning comeback.
Seattle Mariners 4, Oakland Athletics 3
When: 8:05 ET, Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Where: Rangers Ballpark, Arlington
Temperature: 81 Degrees
Umpires: Home — Kerwin Danley, 1B — Doug Eddings, 2B — Paul Nauert, 3B — Dana DeMuth
Here’s my love ’em hate ’em of game 3 of this four game series.
1. After Two Heart Breaking Loses, Seattle Finally Steals a Win
Seattle jumped ahead on Tuesday, only to lose control of the game. Then, they suffered a tough 0-1 loss Wednesday.
It was nice for them to finally steal a win from Texas, especially in this stunning fashion.
2. The Late Inning Theatrics
So far this season, Seattle has only scored 7 runs past the 7th inning. 4 of those runs came tonight. Not only was it nice to see them score some runs late in a game, but also that those runs were the difference maker.
3. Kevin Millwood
Millwood, 37, had an impressive season opener. The veteran workhorse put up 6 solid innings of work, giving up 1 earned run and striking out 7 in his no decision.
1. Ineffectiveness against Colby Leiws
Colby Lewisis a major flyball pitcher, pitching in a hitters park. Lewis had a 4-10 groundball-flyball ratio tonight. Yet, Seattle couldn’t score a single run off the pitcher.
The hitters had all the opportunity for an offensive breakout and couldn’t do it.
2. Ichiro’s Lack of Middle of the Order-ness
Ichiro is off to a great start, compared to last season, and is hitting .310 on the season. Tonight he went 0-4 leaving three men stranded on base.
Ichiro has three RBI for the season, tying him with Dustin Ackley, and putting him behind Chone Figgins (4) — the leadoff man— and Kyle Seager (5) — team leader. If he wants to remain the cleanup man he’s got to act like it.
3. Steve Delabar
The M’s have had major bullpen issues so far this season, and a lot of that stems from Steve Delabar.
The 28-year old has a 7.71 ERA through 4.2 innings of work. All his runs have come off home runs, including back-to-back bombs from Ian Kinsler and Elvis Andrus on Wednesday.
It’s time to step it up, or be demoted.
Prior to Wednesday, the Rangers had been 17-4 against Seattle since the start of the 2011 season. … Seattle won for only the seventh time in its last 23 games against American League West opponents.