Jason Vargas didn’t look like he’d throw a complete game when he served up a first-inning home run to Josh Reddick. But Vargas probably didn’t expect to see his team put seven runs on the board by the fifth inning, either.
Much different pitching with a 7-1 lead than being up 1-0, which is a more common advantage for Mariners starting pitchers.
That Kyle Seager double in the fifth truly broke this game wide open and Vargas was in command from there.
He’d retired 13 in a row at one point and then, when he allowed some baserunners in the eighth and ninth, he erased them with double-play grounders.
The A’s hit into four double-plays on the night, while the Mariners actually notched three doubles — which is unusual for them of late.
Did this game alter the team’s plans for next week any? I doubt it. But it was much easier on the eyes.
Vargas gets his first complete game since…since pitching right here one year and one day ago.
July 7, 2012 at 9:37 PM