Hisashi Iwakuma finally gave up a hit and it was a doozy, with Yoenis Cespedes lining a ball over the wall in left-center to give the A’s a 2-1 lead. Oakland has just two hits today and both were solo homers.
The M’s have three hits today, one of them a solo homer, the other an infield hit and the other a soft liner to left for a single by Ichiro.
2:22 p.m.: Midway through the sixth inning, we’re still tied 1-1 on a day when nobody is generating any offense to speak of. I suppose, that’s good news if you’re a Mariners fan and you’ve just seen Hisashi Iwakuma prodded into rescue service less than three innings in.
So, Kevin Millwood did indeed aggravate that groin strain. He’ll be re-evaluated tomorrow but I doubt he makes his next start.
My money’s on Blake Beavan getting recalled from Class AAA.
Other choices include Hisashi Iwakuma, Charlie Furbush and Danny Hultzen.
Hultzen won’t get called up from AAA that soon. Iwakuma is too much of a wild card and you never know what you’re going to get with him or whether he’ll be ready to pitch, especially after going long distance today. Furbush is doing exactly what the M’s envisioned him doing when they traded for him. The whole starting thing was considered a bit of a bonus with him and no, I dont see the M’s fixing something that ain’t broke. Starting and relieving are two different things and in order to start, Furbush would be asked to get away from some of what’s made him successful in shorter stints.
With all that and Beavan on normal rest, I’m going with Beavan.
1:27 p.m.: This just wasn’t Kevin Millwood’s day, even though he recovered from the early home run and had retired eight in a row. Millwood just fired a pitch and looked like he may have tweaked his previous groin injury. He’s come out of the game and Hisashi Iwakuma is now warming up with two out in the third.
The good news for Iwakuma: he gets as much time as he needs to warm up and that can sometimes take forever with him.
More good news: John Jaso hit a first-pitch solo homer off Jarrod Parker in the bottom of the second, so we’re now tied 1-1.
12:46 p.m.: Well, that didn’t take very long. Coco Crisp hit the second pitch of the game from Kevin Millwood over the wall in right field. So, the A’s lead it 1-0.
12:35 p.m.: Looks like summer is almost upon us today and that coud be good news for hitters on both teams who have struggled to generate any offense this series.
The Mariners today get their first look at hot Oakland pitching prospect Jarrod Parker, one of the prizes of the slew of off-season trades made by Billy Beane.
For the Mariners, it’s Kevin Millwood, who has struggled since hurting his groin a few weeks back during that combined no-hitter against the Dodgers. His pitches have been missing up in the zone of late. We’ll see whether that trend continues.
Franklin Gutierrez gets a start in a day game after a night affair. First test of that for him.
The A’s are running out the “All Brandon” lineup today.
CF Coco Crisp
SS Cliff Pennington
RF Josh Rediick
DH Yoenis Cespedes
LF Seth Smith
3B Brandon Inge
1B Brandon Moss
2B Brandon Hicks
C Kurt Suzuki
CF Franklin Gutierrez
3B Kyle Seager
DH Jesus Montero
LF Michael Saunders
C John Jaso
1B Justin Smoak
2B Dustin Ackley
SS Brendan Ryan
RHP Kevin Millwood