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September 3, 2011 at 3:32 PM

Mariners continue offensive slide, fall 3-0 to Oakland Athletics

After last night’s loss, we talked about some negative trends emerging with this Seattle offense. Through all the excitement over “playing the kids” that’s percolated around the city for a while, the fact is that the team has now lost 11 of 16 — up to and including today’s 3-0 defeat to the Oakland Athletics.
We saw some good pitching once again from Michael Pineda, who threw another six innings of three-run ball. But this offense has spent the past week heading into a noticeable decline.
It really became apparent today, when the M’s mustered only three hits. Brandon McCarthy went the distance against them and tied a career high with 10 strikeouts.
So, that’s four hits — one of them that should have been an error — over the last 16 innings of baseball played by the M’s. No, they haven’t scored during that time.
They had four hits the game prior and had one run through the first 7 2/3 innings the game before that.
Prior to that, they were down 12-2 in the seventh before scoring a few more.
In other words, not enough scoring going on to win games. Some of you are already into footb all mode and don’t care.
But part of evaluating the “kids” is to actually evaluate them. And again, they just looked flat today. These games are ending just a little too easily for opponents.
Something Eric Wedge and friends will have to get on in a hurry because the schedule only gets tougher from here.

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