IT’S A FINAL — M’s win it 6-3. Andy LaRoche hit a two-run homer with two outs off Jose Flores after Josh Donaldson doubled. But that was it, so the M’s improve to 4-4-1 on the spring.
STILL 6-1 HEADING TO THE NINTH — M’s in the lead.
M’S NOTHING IN SEVENTH — Lueke on the mound in the bottomm of seventh for the Mariners.
M’S ANNOUNCE MARILYN NIEHAUS WILL THROW OUT FIRST PITCH — Here’s the news.
LAFFEY NOW ON FOR M’S — Nothing for the Mariners in the top of sixth so it remains 6-1 Seattle.
PINEDA DONE — Michael Pindea’s stint appears over, with Seattle ahead 6-1 heading to the top of the sixth. He threw 40 pitches, 23 strikes, giving up a hit and two walks but no runs.
HERNANDEZ HAPPY WITH OUTING — We’ve returned from meeting with Hernandez and he said he was more than happy with his outing.
“It’s been a while since I’ve pitched in a big league game and I felt pretty good, throwing a lot of strikes, down in the zone. Breaking ball was good, too. I feel pretty good now.”
He said the Kouzmanoff hit he gave up for the one run was a 2-2 slider that “stayed up. But that’s okay.”
He was in good humor, joking that he asked DeJesus “wow, first game man. You’ve got to do that?” And he said he will now pitch every fifth day, hoping to go a full four next time.
Seattle added two more runs in the fifth and now leads 6-1 heading to the bottom of the fifth. The M’s have the six runs on four hits taking advantage of a lot of wildness from Oakland pitchers and the error in the second.
PINEDA THROUGH FOURTH — Pineda threw 19 pitches, 11 strikes, walking one but otherwise getting out of it, so the M’s lead 4-1.
M’S ADD ONE MORE — A wild pitch by DeHoyos brought home one more Seattle run but Ichiro grounded out with two on to end the inning, so it’s 4-1 M’s going to the bottom of the fourth, and Pineda coming to the mount.
M’S “BREAK OUT” IN FOURTH — Oakland P Joey Devine issued two walks, got an out, then gave up two more walks, so the M’s have a run in and the bases loaded with Gabe DeHoyos now on the mound. Seattle leads 3-1 with Pineda coming on next inning.
MILLER GETS M’S OUT OF IT — Justin Miller came on and got Matt Carson to ground out to end the inning with Seattle ahead 2-1.
FELIX DONE — He probably won’t be happy with this performance as he leaves after 2.2, giving up five hits, a walk and at least one run — two runners are on-base as he leaves.
Hernandez threw 53 pitches, 33 strikes. The A’s hit a number of balls hard back up the middle, including the first liner of the game that sent Hernandez flying to the ground.
M’S BREAK THROUGH — The M’s got some help when A’s center fielder David DeJesus dropped a leadoff fly by Michael Saunders, resulting in a two-base error. Catcher Chris Giminez — filling in for the injured Olivo and the sick Adam Moore — then rocketed a double to center to score Saunders, and Giminez came home on a soft single by Ichiro to put the M’s up 2-0.
Felix back on the hill for one more inning.
FELIX GIVES UP A BLOOP DOUBLE, NOTHING MORE — Felix got the first two out, including a looking K of Powell, then gave up a bloop double to Tolleson to right. But Green flew to right for the final out, so 0-0 heading to the second.
30 pitches, 21 strikes for Hernandez, expected to pitch one more inning.
ANOTHER 1-2-3 FOR M’S — No hits, runs or anything else in first two innings for M’s.
HERNANDEZ GETS THROUGH FIRST — He threw 17 pitches, 13 for strikes, and allowed two hits — the rocket by DeJesus and a blooper that fell in no man’s land behind third. But he struck out Carter swinging with what appeared to be a breaking ball to get out of it, so it remains 0-0 to the second.
TOUGH FIRST BATTER FOR HERNANDEZ — The first batter Felix faced this year almost took off his head as DeJesus hit a rocket back up the middle that caused Hernandez to hit the ground, the ball going into center for a single.
M’S GO 1-2-3 IN FIRST — Ichiro, Figgins and Guti get nothing — first two ground out, Guti pop foul — so 0-0 to the bottom of first.
PRE-GAME — No radio today for the Mariners and A’s so I’ll do what I can to keep up — though as always, we have to do interviews during the game and all that.
Windy here today and blowing out at Phoenix Municipal Stadium, so maybe the M’s can break that five-game homerless drought.
Here is Seattle’s lineup
Chone Figgins, 3B
Franklin Gutierrez, CF
Mike Carp, 1B
Jack Wilson, 2B
Brendan Ryan, SS
Michael Saunders, LF
Chris Giminez, C
Matt Mangini, DH
Felix Hernandez, P
And for the A’s:
David DeJesus, CF
Conor Jackson, 1B
Hideki Matsui, DH
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B
Chris Carter, LF
Matt Carson, RF
Landon Powell, C
Steve Tolleson, 2B
Grant Green, SS
Guillermo Moscoso, RHP
All minor league pitchers for the A’s, who will host the Mariners for Opening Day and apparently don’t want to show their pitchers to Seattle.
Seattle going with Felix anyway, the thought being it’s pretty early to get a read yet and he needs to get on a five-day schedule that will carry him through to Opening Day.
And the word on Adam Moore is simply that he is sick.