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September 3, 2011 at 2:49 PM

Mariners at Oakland Athletics: Sept. 3, 2011 game thread

Nice finish to the sixth inning for Michael Pineda, who gets the side in order with a strikeout on Cliff Pennington.
But Pineda trails 3-0 after allowing a solo homer to left field by Scott Sizemore in the bottom of the fifth.
Seattle has two singles today so far and a third baserunner who reached on an error. Ichiro collected a single in the sixth inning and now needs 42 more to reach 200 on the season.
He’ll have 24 games left after today. And he’ll get all 24 to do it in.

2:22 p.m.: We’re now in the bottom of the fourth and this one is pretty much playing out according to the pre-game script, with a strong-looking Michael Pineda trailing the Oakland A’s 2-0. Pineda looked particularly good the first three innings, striking out five.
But he ran into some trouble in the fourth, allowing two singles, then gave up the big blow — a two-run double to the left field corner by Cliff Pennington.
The M’s, meanwhile, are continuing the offensive slide we’ve seen telling signs of this past week. Brandon McCarthy retired the first 11 batters he faced before a clean single by Dustin Ackley. McCarthy then retired the next three in a row — all on strikeouts — before an error in the fourth by shortstop Pennington on a routine grounder.
Josh Bard grounded out right after that.
For those keeping score at home, that’s 15 of 17 retired by McCarthy today and 34 of 37 set down by Oakland pitching since the second inning last night.
Of the three M’s to reach base during that time, one made it on an error and other on a “single” that should have been an error in last night’s ninth.
So, yes, this offense has to figure some things out.
12:47 p.m.: The Mariners have had some trouble on offense of late, managing just one “hit” (that should have been an error) after the second inning last night, four hits the night before and waiting until the eighth inning to score the prior night. So, they could use a little bat action today, especially with Michael Pineda on the mound.
The A’s are the type of team Pineda likes to face because they can be overpowered by his type of stuff.
Justin Smoak is back in at first base today after breaking in as the DH last night. Mike Carp serves as today’s DH while Casper Wells moves over to left so Trayvon Robinson can sit and Ichiro can pursue his 200-hit season.
The lineups:
Mariners (58-79)
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
20 Mike Carp (L) DH
17 Justin Smoak (S) 1B
33 Casper Wells LF
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
3 Josh Bard (S) C
26 Brendan Ryan SS
36 Michael Pineda RHP
Athletics (62-76)
19 Jemile Weeks (S) 2B
4 Coco Crisp (S) CF
55 Hideki Matsui (L) DH
16 Josh Willingham LF
12 David DeJesus (L) RF
31 Brandon Allen (L) 1B
2 Cliff Pennington (S) SS
8 Kurt Suzuki C
29 Scott Sizemore 3B
32 Brandon McCarthy RHP

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