June 21, 2013 at 7:02 PM
Game thread, Mariners vs. A’s, June 21: Mariners lose, 6-3
They fall a season-high 11 games under .500. All the runs in the game came via homers, but the A’s had four of them (two by Yoenis Cespedes), and the Mariners had just one, a three-run shot by Nick Franklin in the third for a very shortlived lead. Hisashi Iwakuma suffers his second straight loss.
OAKLAND NINTH: Wilhelmsen is still lost — he gives up leadoff single to Lowrie, and then a massive homer to Cespedes, his second of the game, as A’s extend lead to 6-3. Colon not going out for ninth.
MARINERS EIGHTH: Colon didn’t take long to retire the Mariners in order, and the M’s are down to their final three outs. A loss would put them 11 games under .500 for first time this year.
MARINERS SIXTH: Three straight singles to start the inning, and M’s get nothing out of it. The key play was Kyle Seager trying for two bases on a passed ball after leading off with a base hit. He was thrown out handily at third. 4-3 A’s
OAKLAND SIXTH: The longball continues to be Iwakuma’s undoing tonight as he gives up a tie-breaking homer to Crisp, the third one he’s allowed in this game. It’s the first multi-homer game off Iwakuma in 25 games at Safeco (18 starts). 4-3 A’s
OAKLAND FIFTH: After a leadoff single by Reddick, Seager starts a nifty 5-4-3 DP on a smash by Norris to bail out Iwakuma. 3-3
OAKLAND FOURTH: Well, that lead didn’t last long. Jed Lowrie, who had gone 62 games since his last homer, led off the fourth with a homer to tie the game at 3.
SEATTLE THIRD: Nick Franklin made his first Safeco Field homer a big one — a three-run blast that was the first long ball off Colon in 48 innings. Ryan and Chavez singled ahead of him. 3-2 Mariners
SEATTLE FIRST: Oakland pitcher has the best record at Safeco of any pitcher with at least seven decisions: 10-1. And his 1.91 ERA is second only to his opposite number today, Iwakuma (1.88). Unlike Iwakuma, Colon made it through the first unscored upon, giving up just a two-out walk to Seager. 2-0 A’s
OAKLAND FIRST: Coming off a rocky outing against the A’s, Iwakuma got off to a tough start, giving up a one-out single to Seth Smith and a two-out homer to Yoenis Cespedes, who crushed the ball off the top of the scoreboard in left. Iwakuma came into the game with a 0.92 ERA at Safeco, second-best home ERA in the majors.
John Jaso was a late scratch from Oakland’s lineup. No reason given yet.
The Mariners didn’t get back from Anaheim until the wee hours of the morning — Eric Wedge said it was 5:30 a.m. before he got to bed — so batting practice was called off today (optional hitting in the cage). Have they put last night’s devastating defeat behind them?
“You have to,” Wedge said. “You take the positives from it. There were a lot of offensive positives. You know that was just a fluke outing for Felix. It just happens once in a blue moon. I believe those things happen every now and again just to remind us we’re human. This is a crazy game.”
Wedge said that Jason Bay, who has a hamstring issue, is “closer” to being ready to play. And asked if he has come to any clarity about Seattle’s bullpen while Tom Wilhelmsen is pulled from his closer’s role, he said, “There can’t be any clarity right now, because there’s no clear-cut closer, and you’ve got a couple of guys struggling to find it. So you just mix and match the best you can. That’s what happens when you lose your closer. You pull everyone else out of their roles. That’s just part of it. They have to handle it, they have to pull together. Opportunities are going to be given, like they have been. It’s an opportunity to step up.”