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April 27, 2008 at 12:59 PM

Oakland Athletics at Mariners: 4/27 game thread

3:27 p.m. Brad Wilkerson watches strike three, and strands the eighth runner of the night for the Mariners. Heading to the ninth, A’s lead 4-2.
3:11 p.m. Two more RBI singles, and it’s 4-2 Oakland, and here’s the worst part for the Mariners: the bases are still loaded, with just one out. Now it’s Sean Green’s turn to try and escape.
Here’s Hernandez’s line: 7 innings pitched, six hits, four runs, four earned runs, 4 walks, 10 strikeouts. He’s on the line for the loss unless the Mariners make something happen at bat.
2:59 p.m. Emil Brown’s broken-bat single with the bases loaded brings home two runs to tie it at 2-2. And that’s it for Felix Hernandez, who won’t leave Felix Hernandez jersey day with the win. But he could with the loss. Brandon Morrow will come in, needing to get out of a jam with no outs to keep this game tied.
2:52 p.m. With men on second and third with no outs, the Mariners have Brandon Morrow going in the bullpen.
2:42 p.m. To correct my earlier post, now we’re heading to the bottom of the seventh, with the Mariners sending out the top of the lineup. I don’t see anyone up in the M’s bullpen, so it looks like Hernandeez will come back out for the eighth. And it’s beginning to drizzle in the ballpark.
2:30 p.m. Quick game, huh? Moving into the bottom of the sixth, and Hernandez continues to look like he has his best stuff going. He’s at 83 pitches through six innings, and he’s a solid bet to go eight or even nine innings tonight.
2:18 p.m. Big fist pump from Hernandez, who truck out two straight to get out of another jam. He’s now at eight strikeouts in five innings. He had a pair of walks in that inning, and looked a bit frustrated by the strike zone. But he got out of it.
2:05 p.m. Yuniesky Betancourt found one way to avoid getting stranded on base: just hit a home run. He hit a rope that just cleared the Pepsi sign in left field and sent the A’s bullpen scattering to get out of its way.
1:59 p.m. That might be the shortest distance Frank Thomas has ever hit a ball on a full swing, but it worked to give the A’s the bases loaded with just one out. But Hernandez’s strong day continues, as he works out of the jam with a strikeout and a ground out. The Mariners, meanwhile, have left six on base through three and still lead 1-0.
1:42 p.m. Another solid inning for Hernandez, who struck out two and is only at 30 pitches so far.
1:27 p.m. Bing. Bang. Boom. Three A’s up, three A’s down on strikes, and Hernandez has thrown fewer pitches through two (19) than Blanton threw in the first (23).
1:23 p.m. Offensive struggles? What offensive struggles? The Mariners get one run on three hits against Joe Blanton in the first. Jose Lopez’s double to left center couldn’t have threaded the needle between Jack Cust and Ryan Sweeney better, though I suspect those two A’s outfielder are beating themselves up for not making a play on it. Beltre knocked Lopez home from third with a rope to left, and Greg Norton followed with his fourth hit in five at-bats. One guy’s struggles continue: Richie Sexson, who could fall below .200 today if he goes hitless.
1:12 p.m.: A nicely turned 5-4-3 double play on an Emil Brown ground ball gets Hernandez out of the inning quickly after allowing a hit to Daric Barton.



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