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April 6, 2012 at 10:14 PM

Mariners pile up early lead, hold on for 7-3 win

Brandon League got to see his first game action in the ninth, albeit in a mop-up role. He allowed a single, but that was it.
Kyle Seager was the big difference in tonight’s ballgame, delivering that two-out single to center in the third inning to double Seattle’s lead and give the Ms a cushion they sustained the rest of the way.
There were some nervous moments in this 7-3 win over the Oakland Athletics.
But Steve Delabar did a fine job in relief of Jason Vargas, notching five consecutive outs after entering with two on and one out in the sixth.
Then, in the eighth, Tom Wilhelmsen rallied nicely to strike out Yoenis Cespedes and Kurt Suzuki with two on and a run already in. Wilhelmsen’s biggest break came when a Josh Reddick smash to deepest center field managed to stay in the ballpark for a very long out with two men on earlier in the frame.
Still, having a major lead helped the Mariners survive the odd hiccup.


This was the night the offense had been looking for after those jetlagged-looking outings in Japan. Can’t say enough about the timeliness of that Seager hit though. In a game like this, there’s a big difference between being up 2-0 and up 4-0.
Changed the entire coplexion of the game.
So did the performance by Chone Figgins at the top of the order with three hits and that error he helped induce with his speed that transformed the four-run third inning.
Michael Saunders and Brendan Ryan also set the tone with two hits apiece at the bottom of the order. Much different feel to this one offensively for the Mariners, who move to 2-1 on the season.

Comments | Topics: Brendan Ryan, Chone Figgins

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