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July 8, 2012 at 2:38 PM

Mariners go for series win in Oakland prior to All-Star Break

Bartolo Colon had retired 17 in a row before Dustin Ackley notched his second single of the game with two out in the sixth. Ichiro then blooped a single just on the left field foul line, sending Ackley to third.
Michael Saunders singled to right field after that and we’re all tied up at 1-1.
Felix Hernandez was in a heap of trouble in the fifth with two on and none out and the middle of the order looming. But Jemile Weeks squared to bunt and then pulled off and the lead runner at second, Cliff Pennington, had taken too big a jump towards third and wound up picked off.
Huge break there for Hernandez.
Weeks wound up striking out and Josh Reddick lined out to Ackley at second.

2:17 p.m.: Justin Smoak barely missed hitting a home run in the top of the fifth on a blast to right field that hooked just foul. Smoak later struck out, the 15th batter in a row retired by Bartolo Colon in a game the A’s still lead 1-0.
Felix Hernandez has given up four hits and walked a batter. But some good defense by Brendan Ryan and by Smoak has kept the A’s from adding a pair of runs to their lead.
1:29 p.m.: Oakland leads it 1-0 after an inning of play, but it would have been worse if not for a diving stop of a grounder by Brendan Ryan. Coco Crisp led off with a single to left and then Jemile Weeks beat out an infield hit.
Both moved up on a groundout and then Yoesnis Cespedes grounded a ball far to shortstop Ryan’s right. The ball seemed destined for left field, which would have scored both Oakland runners. But Ryan dove for the ball, snagged it in his glove, then nearly threw Weeks out at third.
The run scored and all runners were safe on the infield single. But that’s all Oakland wound up getting as Felix Hernandez struck out Seth Smith, then got Brandon Moss to pop out.
So, one run saved for Ryan already.
1:04 p.m.: Felix Hernandez takes the mound today ahead of this week’s All-Star Game and a much-anticipated break for a struggling Mariners team and some young hitters who have looked overmatched at times.
It’s Turn Back the Clock Day here in Oakland and today, they’re focused on 1955 with the Mariners wearing the old Seattle Rainiers uniforms and the A’s donning those of the Oakland Oaks. There’s a joke in there somewhere involving the current Mariners but I’m not sure what exactly it is and am going to hold off on further comment.
Needless to say, several Mariners are hoping to go out on a positive note today. Safe to say, some of them won’t be around next Friday when the team resumes its schedule.

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