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April 23, 2011 at 5:39 PM

Oakland Athletics at Mariners: April 23, 2011 game thread

9:18 p.m.: Mariners finish with 10 hits, score just one run and fall to the Athletics, 9-1.
8:57 p.m.: Heading into the ninth, it’s 9-1 Oakland.
8:54 p.m.: Ichiro is one of the few bright spots for Seattle at this point. The right fielder is 3 for 4, the only Mariner in the lineup with more than one hit.
8:42 p.m.: The Athletics continue to keep the Mariners’ bats quiet. It’s 9-1 in the eighth and Seattle has just two hits over the last four innings.

8:06 p.m.: Things are getting worse for the Mariners. Kouzmanoff hits a three-run shot to left field and Crisp drives in a run with an RBI double to center field off of Josh Lueke. We’re still in the top of the sixth and it’s 8-1 Oakland.
7:52: Heading into the sixth it’s 4-1 A’s. Vargas has retired the last four batters after giving up the home run to Pennington. Over the fourth and fifth innings Trevor Cahill retired six of the seven batters he faced.
7:28 p.m.: The A’s take the lead, scoring three runs in the fourth, all with two outs. Kevin Kouzmanoff got things started with a line drive to center field. Michael Saunders made a diving stab at the ball, but couldn’t come up with it, allowing Kurt Suzuki to score. Then Cliff Pennington hit a two-run homer to put the A’s up 4-1.
7:02 p.m.: Seattle’s scoreless innings streak ends at 24. With two outs in the third Coco Crisp doubled to center field, driving in Mark Ellis and tying the score at one. The A’s then loaded the bases, but Vargas got out of trouble, getting Josh Willingham to fly out to center field to end the inning.
The game is tied at one heading into the bottom of the third.
6:45 p.m.: Mariners strike first. Jack Wilson slaps a two-out single up the middle, driving in Chris Gimenez from second base. Heading into the bottom of the second it’s 1-0 Mariners.
6:34 p.m.: Vargas retires the side in order in the second. He’s pitching well so far, throwing 21 pitches, 16 strikes.
6:28 p.m.: Adam Kennedy continues to swing a hot bat. He laced a line drive down the right-field line in the first inning. Chone Figgins tried to score from first on the play, but was thrown out at the plate. The Mariners had runners on second and third with two outs, but couldn’t score.
6:16 p.m.: On the second pitch of the game Jason Vargas took a line drive off his leg. He picked up the ball, threw out Coco Crisp and, after being looked at by the team’s trainers, stayed in the game to retire the side in order.
6:05 p.m.: We’re a few minutes away from the first pitch here at Safeco Field where the Mariners continue their four-game series with Oakland.
The Mariners won the last two games, putting up back-to-back shutouts.
Lefty Jason Vargas (0-1, 4.37 ERA) takes the mound for the Mariners, trying to pick up his first win since Aug. 14, 2010. Vargas is 0-8 with a 5.30 ERA over his last 12 starts. Right-hander Trevor Cahill (2-0, 2.49 ERA) gets the start for the Athletics.
Here are the lineups:


Coco Crisp CF
Daric Barton 1B
Conor Jackson RF
Josh Willingham LF
Hideki Matsui DH
Kurt Suzuki C
Mark Ellis 2B
Kevin Kouzmanoff 3B
Cliff Pennington SS
Trevor Cahill RHP
Ichiro RF
Chone Figgins 3B
Adam Kennedy 1B
Jack Cust DH
Michael Saunders CF
Luis Rodriguez SS
Chris Gimenez C
Carlos Peguero LF
Jack Wilson 2B
Jason Vargas LHP

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