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April 15, 2012 at 2:57 PM

Mariners go for series win against Oakland Athletics

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We’ve mentioned the Oakland A’s and the “margin for error” they give opposing teams. We just saw it that fifth inning, when Jemile Weeks uncharacteristically booted a grounder with a runner on. Ichiro later doubled home a go-ahead run and then pitcher Graham Godfrey fumbled a grounder in which he would have had a play at home.
Instead, the run scored and Godfrey was forced to take the out at first base.
Mariners back on top, 5-3. Not that all teams are perfect, it’s just that the A’s tend to make these types of mistakes, as well as give away outs, more than others. If the M’s hang on, this will be their fifth win of the season versus Oakland. It’s a reason why we need to see them play other teams before we can really get a gauge on where they are this year.
Yes, the A’s are a major league team. They just let others get away with stuff more than most.
2:40 p.m.: Blake Beavan had barely given up a hard hit ball before the fifth inning, but a momentarily lapse cost him big that frame as the A’s tied it 3-3 on a three-run homer to right field by Eric Sogard. Kila Ka’aihue opened the inning with a hard single to center, Anthony Recker was hit by a pitch and then Sogard launched a 3-1 pitch over the wall.
So, each No. 9 hitter from both teams has a home run today.
2:14 p.m.: Make it 3-0 for the Mariners after Justin Smoak went deep to right off Graham Godfrey with two out in the third inning. First multi-homer game of the season for the Mariners.
Blake Beavan gave up a pair of bloop singles in the third but was otherwise fine.
1:54 p.m.: Brendan Ryan got all of a Graham Godfrey pitch in the second inning and sent it over the left field wall for his first home run of the season. Kyle Seager was on second following a leadoff double, so it’s now 2-0 for the Mariners as we enter the third inning.
Blake Beavan has retired all six batters he’s faced to start the game.
1:00 p.m.: Though it may still be very early in the season, it never hurts to capitalize on games and series your team is expected to win. I do feel this series falls into that domain for the Mariners, going up against Oakland yet again. Of the 10 games played by Seattle so far, six have come against the A’s
Of the five wins posted by the 5-5 Mariners, four have been against Oakland. So, yeah, with the Indians and White Sox coming into town next, better off starting those games with a winning record rather than a losing one. The M’s won’t face the A’s again until late June. Good riddance, I say. But at the same time, the M’s might be sorry to see the A’s go.
And it’s Jackie Robinson Day here at the ballpark. The 65th anniversary of when #42 made his debut for the Brooklyn Dodgers.
As usual, you can follow along here, as well as at my @gbakermariners Twitter feed.


The lineups:
ATHLETICS
2B Jemile Weeks
LF Coco Crisp
DH Seth Smith
CF Yoenis Cespedes
RF Josh Reddick
SS Cliff Pennington
1B Kila Ka’aihue
C Anthony Recker
3B Eric Sogard
RHP Graham Godfrey
MARINERS
LF Chone Figgins
2B Dustin Ackley
RF Ichiro
1B Justin Smoak
3B Kyle Seager
DH Jesus Montero
CF Michael Saunders
C Miguel Olivo
SS Brendan Ryan
RHP Blake Beavan

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