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March 28, 2012 at 6:15 AM

Not much offense to speak of, but Mariners pull through in 11th for 3-1 win

We’ve all seen the reruns of this type of game between the Mariners and A’s before. Neither team is reputed to be an offensive juggernaut and both lived up to their reputations in fine form tonight, with the Mariners scoring twice in the 11th for a 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.
Each team scored a run in the fourth inning — and that was it. Until Dustin Ackley did what he’d done in the fourth inning, driving home the go-ahead run, this time with a single to center that scored Brendan Ryan from second base.
Ackley had hit a solo homer in the fourth for the only Seattle run of the game to that point.
Ichiro later delivered his fourth single of the night to bring Ackley home from second and give the crowd of 44,227 at the Tokyo Dome exactly what it came to see — a win by the favored Mariners and a chance to salute a national sports hero for the first time in a major league uniform.


The Mariners looked a little shaky in middle relief at spring training and kept tempting fate by allowing the A’s to bat in sudden death time. Mike Carp made that nice play at the wall on what looked like a Josh Reddick double coming off the bat in the bottom of the ninth to help Tom Wilhelmsen get through his first inning of relief.
Then, in the 10th, an Ackley throwing error put the leadoff batter on. In came speedy Collin Cowgill to pinch run. Cowgill tried to steal second base and Miguel Olivo had to save the day with a strong throw to second to bail Wilhelmsen out of what could possibly have been a game-ending type of situation.
Felix Hernandez put in one of his typical all-star outings, getting through eight innings on 104 pitches with just the one run allowed. But as has so often been the case in Seattle over the years, what would get a pitcher the win something like 90 percent of the time simply did not happen for him.

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