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April 21, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Oakland Athletics at Seattle Mariners: April 21, 2011 game thread

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Felix Hernandez got through the seventh with his 1-0 lead intact thanls to some great defense from his infielders. After a leadoff single. Chone Figgins snagged a Ryan Sweeney liner and threw to first for the double play. Then, after Kurt Suzuki drew a walk with two out, Mark Ellis grounded one to the hole at shortstop.
Brendan Ryan ranged to his right and then made a strong, accurate throw that a stretching Adam Kennedy snared for the final out. Great play all around.
Attendance tonight: 12,770. Third lowest ever.


8:18 p.m.: The Mariners finally gave Felix Hernandez some run support in the fourth inning as Adam Kennedy blasted his second homer of the season, a high fly ball that just cleared the fence in right off Brandon McCarthy. Hernandez had pitched 15 conseuctive innings without any run support.
Now, he’s up 1-0 heading to the fifth. Oakland has just one hit so far.
7:56 p.m.: Carlos Peguero notched his firts big league hit on a slow roller to shortstop that Cliff Pennington played a little too nonchalantly. Maybe he didn’t think the big guy could run. Anyhow, turns out he can’t run all that well because he got picked off by a country mile moments later and was an easy out at second.
Jack Wilson drew a two-out walk but Ichiro grounded out. Three less-than-eventful innings now in the books and still scoreless.
7:47 p.m.: Felix Hernandez had retired eight in a row before No. 9 hitter Cliff Pennington grounded a single up the middle. Hernandez then threw a pickoff attempt down the right field line in foul territory. The ball got stuck under the tarp, so Pennington had to hold at second. Hernandez got out of it from there on a Coco Crisp groundout to second.
The M’s have gone six up, six down against Brandon McCarthy on four groundouts, a whiff by Michael Saunders and a pop fly to left by Miguel Olivo.
On to the bottom of the third.
7:20 p.m.: Felix Hernandez has gone winless in his last three starts, but looks to change that tonight against the team he beat on Opening Day.
Milton Bradley won’t be in the lineup because of stomach issues. Carlos Peguero gets his second start in a row in left field.
Hernandez just breezed through a 1-2-3 first inning. Coco Crisp lined out to left, David DeJesus grounded out to shortstop and Conor Jackson went down swinging.
The Mariners also went down in order, on three successive groundouts.
The lineups
ATHLETICS
CF Coco Crisp
RF David DeJesus
1B Conor Jackson
DH Josh Willingham
LF Ryan Sweeney
C Kurt Suzuki
2B Mark Ellis
3B Kevin Kouzmanoff
SS Cliff Pennington
MARINERS
RF Ichiro
3B Chone Figgins
1B Adam Kennedy
DH Jack Cust
CF Michael Saunders
C Miguel Olivo
LF Carlos Peguero
SS Brendan Ryan
2B Jack Wilson
RHP Brandon McCarthy

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