It was just a matter of time, and now the game has been halted in the fourth inning with the A’s on top, 12-1. It’s now been officially postponed.
OAKLAND THIRD: Three more runs for Oakland off Chance Ruffin, two of them earned thanks to Seattle’s second error. This game is not one for their archives. Shane Peterson homered, the fourth homer for the A’s through three innings. 10-1 A’s.
Stefen Romero was removed from the game after striking out to end the second. No word yet if there was an injury, but he’s walking off with the trainer, so it appears that
MARINERS SECOND: Because it’s the Mariners, there had to be a homer, and red-hot Casper Wells launched one, his third of spring. The Mariners have now homered in every game this spring. 7-1 A’s.
OAKLAND SECOND: As a drizzle falls, Noesi struck out the first two batters…and then trouble. A walk, and a two-run homer by Josh Donaldson, his second of the game. Donaldson is wearing No. 98 because he left his No. 20 back in Phoenix. He might have to make the change permanent. Noesi gets his third strikeout of the inning, but a two-inning, seven-run stint is not one he’ll remember fondly. The strikeouts, however, are a reminder that the raw stuff is there with Noesi. He just needs to figure out what to do with it. 7-0 A’s.
OAKLAND FIRST: Hector Noesi got two quick outs…and then disaster. By the time he got his next out, Noesi had given up a double (to John Jaso), a homer (to Seth Smith), another homer (to Josh Donaldson), a double, hit a batter, a walk, an error, and a wild pitch. All that added up to five runs, and another dismal outing in a very poor spring for Noesi. The Jaso ball, which would have ended the inning, actually should have been caught. Instead, there was some miscommunication between CF Franklin Gutierrez and LF Raul Ibanez. But Noesi didn’t exactly rise to the occasion. 5-0 Oakland
I wouldn’t have guessed it early this morning, but this game is going to start on time. That’s not to say it will finish, but at least they’re going to start, under overcast skies, Hector Noesi vs. A.J. Griffin.