Well, we knew the Oakland Athletics could play small ball. But they can also apparently play some big ball too and a pair of early homers by the A’s were enough to win this one before the small ball kicked in for an 8-2 victory.
Coco Crisp hit a solo home run in the first, then Stephen Drew added a two-run shot off Blake Beavan in the third to open up a lead the A’s never relinquished.
They put it away later, when the M’s started booting the ball around. A passed ball by John Jaso made it a 4-1 game in the fifth and then, after a Michael Saunders homer closed the gap to a pair of runs in the bottom of the seventh, the A’s scored four in the ninth to blow the Mariners out.
Two walks and an infield single loaded the bases off Charlie Furbush, then another walk scored a fifth run to make it 5-2. Dustin Acley’s throwing error brought another run home and then a Josh Donaldson single added two more.
Game, set, match.
The M’s can’t keep up with an offense that can score in big and small ways. They need to pitch much better than they did tonight or they have zero chance.