April 2, 2013 at 10:24 PM
Mariners pour on the power and plate discipline in 7-1 rout
This game wasn’t all about power, even though Michael Morse hit a pair of home runs to drive in four and Kyle Seager used one of his two doubles to plate another marker for the Mariners in a 7-1 rout of the Oakland Athletics. My game story in Wednesday’s paper talks about how one third inning swing by Morse changed the entire complexion of the game.
Believe it or not, this was an all-around attack by the Mariners, who did as much damage via walks as they did with their extra-base hits.
“I love the way we fought through ABs,” Mariners manager Eric Wedge said.
The Mariners actually walked eight times in the game and had a ninth batter — Morse — reach when hit by a pitch. And in doing that, they burned through six Oakland pitchers with two games still to go in this series.
In other words, if it comes down to a bullpen battle the next two days, the Mariners might have an early edge.
“I don’t know how many walks we had, but we had quite a few and in some key situations,” Wedge said. “We talked about it. You go up there and you hunt the ball and when you do that, good things will happen for you.”
Needless to say, the game turned for good when Morse connected for that three-run shot off Jarrod Parker in the third inning. Hisashi Iwakuma had just given up a solo homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the second inning, but it was pretty much forgotten within minutes.
From there, the Mariners worked Parker relentlessly.
“He didn’t really give us much to drive or do anything much with, so we did a good job of being patient and if you get the walk, just take it and pass it on to the next guy,” Seager said. “It worked for us tonight. We had a lot of two-out RBI as well so it was just a good night.”
Iwakuma allowed just two hits over six innings, striking out seven, while his offense made the opposing pitchers work for every out they got. By the end, they didn’t record nearly enough until it was too late.