May 11, 2013 at 5:55 PM
Game thread, Mariners vs. A’s, May 11: M’s lose, 4-3
A tough loss as another rally in ninth falls short. Kyle Seager grounded out with two aboard to end it.
MARINERS EIGHTH: A golden opportunity slips away as Michael Morse strikes out with one out and tying run on third, and Chavez strikes out with bases loaded to end inning. 4-3 A’s.
MARINERS SEVENTH: M’s pull within one on three straight one-out singles by Smoak, Ibanez and Ackley. Smoak ran through the stop sign of 3B coach Daren Brown to score on Ackley’s hit, barely beating the throw from right. 4-3 A’s.
A’S SIXTH: Charlie Furbush was greeted with the A’s third solo homer of the night, this one by Brandon Moss. 4-2 A’s
MARINERS FIFTH: Parker has flirted with a no-hitter before, taking one into the eighth inning against Texas last June 4 before Michael Young led off the 8th with a single. He lost his tonight with two outs in the fifth when Kelly Shoppach, on a 3-2 pitch, took him yard to the opposite field, scoring Ackley to cut Oakland’s lead to 3-2. Brendan Ryan struck out, dropping his average to .128. And Charlie Furbush is coming in to work the sixth.
A’S FIFTH: The A’s add one more run after Maurer started the inning with two quick outs. Seth Smith doubled to right, and Jed Lowrie brought him in with his third hit, a single to center. Maurer is at 95 pitches already. 3-0 A’s.
MARINERS FOURTH: Jarrod Parker still has a no-hitter going. He walked two in the inning, but Saunders was picked off on a snap throw by catcher Derek Norris. 2-0 A’s.
A’S FOURTH: The long ball bit Maurer again as Daric Barton, recently called up, hit a homer to right to give the A’s a 2-0 lead.
MARINERS THIRD: They got down 1-2-3 and are hitless through three against Jarrod Parker. 1-0 A’s.
A’S THIRD: Lowrie gets his second hit with one out, but Maurer gets the tough Cespedes to hit into a 5-4-3 DP to end the inning. 1-0 A’s.
A’S SECOND: The A’s got a run on Josh Donaldson’s one-out homer, but a great defensive play by Ackley prevented another. With two outs, Maurer walked two, then went full on Jaso, who hit a smash headed to right field. But Ackley made a diving stop to his left and threw out Jaso to end the inning. 1-0 A’s.
MARINERS FIRST: After a one-out walk by Seager, Morales hits into the Mariners’ 38th double play. That ties them with the Angels for most in the American League.
A’S FIRST: Coming in, lefties were hitting .358 off Maurer, who hasn’t pitched since April 30. He struck out two lefties to start the game (John Jaso and Seth Smith), but a third, Jed Lowrie, doubled. Maurer got out of it on a soft liner by Cespedes — who homered off Maurer in his major-league debut. A much better start than last time out.
Raul Ibanez is back in the lineup after his big three-run homer last night. Eric Wedge said Jason Bay would be back in there Sunday against left-hander Tommy Milone.
“We were forced to play everybody just a little bit too much early on, and I think that worked against us a little,” Wedge said. “We were able to get Jason going a little bit. We feel like he’s in a good place, and we’d like to do the same with Raul. We’re just trying to run that balance.”
In his last five games since April 27, Ibanez is 4-for-10 with a double, triple, home run and two walks, while striking out just once and driving in four.
The pitching matchups for the upcoming Yankee series in New York include a marquee matchup on Tuesday: Felix Hernandez against CC Sabathia. That will be followed by Hisashi Iwakuma vs. Phil Hughes on Wednesday, and Aaron Harang vs. Andy Pettitte on Thursday.
Justin Smoak is hitting just .148 (4-for-27) with runners in scoring positon, but he has doubled four times in his last seven games (and in each of his last four games at Safeco), and Wedge sees positive signs. He particularly liked Smoak’s double in a seven-pitch at-bat on Friday in the first inning with runners on the corners.
“You have to like the fight in his at-bats,” hesaid. “He’s more consistent the way the ball’s coming off his bat in BP, both from the right and left side. He has better balance, he’s over the plate better, in a stronger position to hit. I think he’s more relaxed with that approach. You put that all together, it’s the combination you want from a big strong guy like Justin.”