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September 8, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. A’s, Sept. 8: Mariners lose, 6-1

The Mariners came into this homestand with an eight-game winning streak at Safeco, but they’re 3-5 with one game to play. Not much to say about this one — it was pretty much over when Oakland scored four in the fourth to knock out Iwakuma.
MARINERS EIGHTH: A one-out single by Saunders. That’s it. 5-1 Oakland.
MARINERS SEVENTH: It’s just not happening for the Mariners tonight. They got a leadoff walk but couldn’t do anything with it. They’ve stranded eight through seven, and trail 5-1.
OAKLAND SEVENTH: Strong inning for Shawn Kelley, who gets A’s in order and strikes out two. But Mariners have a lot of work to do, down 5-1.
MARINERS FIFTH: The Mariners got two on with two outs, but Smoak grounded out, with Oakland third baseman Josh Donaldson making a nice play. Smoak has stranded four runners in his last two at-bats. 5-1 Oakland
A’S FIFTH: Carter Capps has restored some order. Out of the four outs he’s gotten, three are strikeouts. But Mariners still trail 5-1.
MARINERS FOURTH: Three up, three down for the Mariners, though Miguel Olivo sent center fielder Coco Crisp to the wall for the first out. 5-1 A’s.
A’S FOURTH: The A’s batted around, scored four, and knocked out Iwakuma. The big blow was a two-run homer by George Kottaras, who had a three-run homer off Felix Hernandez last night. He has four homers and 13 RBIs in his last five games. Carter Capps came in and struck out Reddick to get out of the inning. 5-1 A’s.
MARINERS THIRD: They get runners on first and second with one out on singles by Gutierrez and Montero. But Smoak strikes out on three pitches (looking at strike three, a nasty curve; Smoak didn’t like the call), and Saunders grounds out. 1-1.
MARINERS SECOND: The Mariners tied the game, and like Oakland’s run, it was unearned. Michael Saunders ripped a one-out double to center, and A’s shortstop Stephen Drew booted Miguel Olivo’s grounder for an error, leaving runners on the corners. Saunders came home when Trayvon Robinson grounded into a force. Brendan Ryan was hit by a pitch, but Ackley grounded out. 1-1.
A’S SECOND: A nice running back-hand catch by Trayvon Robinson gets Iwakuma out of the second inning as the A’s strand a runner at second. 1-0 A’s.
MARINERS FIRST: They get Franklin Gutierrez to second base with two outs (single, second on long fly by Seager), but he is stranded there. 1-0 A’s.
A’S FIRST: Iwakuma labored through a 25-pitch inning and gave up an unearned run when Kyle Seager couldn’t field Yoenis Cespedes hard grounder to his backhand side. It was ruled an error, and Josh Reddick scored all the way from first when the ball rattled around in the corner. Iwakuma’s biggest mistake was walking leadoff hitter Coco Crisp. 1-0 A’s.
Hisashi Iwakuma tries to stay on a roll for the Mariners. In his last nine starts, Iwakuma is 5-1 with a 1.74 ERA. He had a 2.05 ERA in August. The only pitchers in the American League with lower ERAs for the month (minimum 25 innings) were Felix Hernandez (1.08), Oakland’s Bartolo Colon (1.88, but now suspended), and Baltimore’s Miguel Gonzalez (1.91).

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