IT’S A FINAL — M’s win 10-2 with Smoak getting four RBI on the homer and single, Bradley also with two hits, and the team pounding out seven extra base hits and 13 overall.
Here’s the box score.
QUICK EIGHTH — Seattle continues to lead 10-2 heading to the top of the ninth.
M’S NOW UP 10-2 — Ackley with a triple and Moore a double to key a two-run seventh as Seattle now leads 10-2. League gave up a run in the seventh.
SMOAK KILLS IT — Smoak just clobbered it out to left-center for a two-run HR to make it 8-1.
PRETTY QUIET FIFTH — Nothing for either team, so head to the sixth with the Mariners up 6-1. French still on the mound. Ackley now at second among a few other changes.
6-1 TO THE FIFTH — M’s on their way to a fifth win in six games.
SMOAK BOUNCING BACK — Smoak just hit a hard single up the middle to score Bradley (walk) and Cust (double) and make it 6-1. Smoak is having a solid day with two walks and now a two-run single, maybe the start of busting out of what has been a slow start to spring.
SHODDY BASERUNNING TODAY — Figgins was just picked off 1-6-3-4-6, giving the A’s a good chance to work on their rundown. He’s the second Mariner caught sealing today and third in the past two games.
FRENCH WALKS TWO — But he struck out LaRoche for the final out to emerge unscathed and the M’s still lead 4-1 going to the bottom of the fourth.
FRENCH NOW ON — 1-2-3 for the M’s in the bottom of the third and Luke French now on the hill as Beavan’s day is done. He threw 43 pitches, 27 strikes in three innings, allowing three hits, a run and a walk.
1-2-3 FOR A’S IN THIRD — Beavan has allowed one run on three hits through three innings in a performance that so far, seems like it’s about what the team would have hoped for.
SECOND ENDS WITH M’S UP 4-1 — M’s have four runs on six hits through two innings off Moscoso, a longshot to make the A’s roster, and getting longer by the inning here.
M’S GETTING IT DONE IN SECOND — Seattle has four runs in in the second as I type this, including an Ichiro liner over shorstop after he took another close pitch from Moscoso, who hit him in the first inning.
A’S GET ONE — Beavan, part of the Cliff Lee deal and getting his first spring start, gave up a walk and two singles up the middle to start the inning and score one run. But he then got LaRoche to hit into a 6-4-3 and retired Recker to avoid further damage. 1-0 A’s.
PRE-GAME — Sorry for the late start, but watching and writing about Felix Hernandez’s side game (read entry below) put everything a little behind schedule.
We’re already through the first inning here with no score.
Ichiro was hit in the shin area and was down for a few scary seconds with the trainers hustling out before he got up and jogged to first. He’s now in right, so apparently no real harm.