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September 2, 2011 at 8:52 PM

Mariners at Oakland Athletics: Sept. 2, 2011 game thread

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Jason Vargas walked a guy with one out, then hit another, then served up an RBI single to Scott Sizemore. The saving grace was that, with runners at the corners and one out, he got a strikeout and flyout to end the inning with no further damage.
But he needed 115 pitches to get out of the fifth and trails 5-2. Not a good night.
The A’s are 49-22 when scoring four or more.


8:18 p.m.: If Jason Vargas was an Indonesian “train surfer” (they showed videos of those on the giant screen here between innings) he’d be splatted on a lamp-post right now. Vargas gave up a four-spot in the bottom of the third and now trails 4-2 with a pitch count up at 69.
He was his own worst enemy that inning, giving up three singles and then a bases-clearing double to left center by Hideki Matsui. With two out, he walked Scott Sizemore, then saw Miguel Olivo throw a ball away at second trying to pick the lead runner off.
That sent the runner to third and a broken bat dribbler up the third base line by Brandon Allen scored the fourth Oakland run.
8:00 p.m.: We’re in the bottom of the third and the M’s have a 2-0 lead. We saw Justin Smoak get a single in the top of the third to put two on, but the M’s couldn’t add to the lead. Nice to see Smoak come out strong.
Seattle scored again in the second inning after Kyle Seager walked. Casper Wells snapped an 0-for-28 slump with a double, then a run scored on an infield single by Brendan Ryan.
7:16 p.m.: The Mariners already managed something they weren’t able to do against Guillermo Moscoso the entire game the last time they faced him — score a run, albeit an unearned one. They all count. It helped that rookie right fielder Michael Taylor misplayed Ichiro’s leadoff single into an additional two bases on an error. Franklin Gutierrez grounded out to the right side after that to bring in the run.
Mariners lead 1-0 after a half inning.
7:02 p.m.: Which Jason Vargas will we see tonight? The one who can dominate the Rangers in Texas? Or the guy who can’t make it out of the fourth or fifth inning?
My guess is the former. After all, the M’s are playing Oakland.
As for his mound opponent, it’s Guillermo Moscoso. You know, the guy who beat Seattle 2-0 back on July 6? Launched that little 17-game losing streak? Yeah, him.

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