June 22, 2013 at 7:01 PM
Game thread, Mariners vs. A’s, June 22: Mariners win, 7-5
Yoervis Medina works the ninth to wrap up the victory, giving up a leadoff single to Lowrie but getting Cespedes to hit into a well-turned 5-4-3 double play. Great comeback win for M’s.
MARINERS EIGHTH: The comeback continues with a huge two-run single by Franklin that gives the Mariners the lead, 7-5. It followed a single by Ryan, a wild pitch by Cook, and a bunt single by Chavez on a sacrifice attempt. Franklin worked the count to 2-2 before dropping a soft liner into left-center to score both runs (after the A’s let Chavez take second via defensive indifference).
MARINER SEVENTH: It’s a whole new ballgame as Raul Ibanez delivers a one-out, three-run homer to right to tie the game off lefty Jerry Blevins — his fifth homer this year off a left-hander. Gutierrez followed with a double but was stranded. 5-5
OAKLAND SEVENTH: The A’s made it a little more comfortable with two runs, coming on two-out singles off Medina by Donaldson and Reddick. 5-2 A’s
OAKLAND SIXTH: Farquhar strikes out the side around two singles. 3-2 A’s
OAKLAND FIFTH: The A’s take a 3-2 lead on a two-run single by Jed Lowrie, who has driven in all three. That followed singles by Young and Sogard, a line out, and a walk by Crisp that loaded the bases.
MARINERS FOURTH: Endy Chavez is stranded at second after a one-out double that knocked starter Dan Straily out of the game. Jesse Chavez took over. 2-1 Mariners
OAKLAND THIRD: A’s get one back on a double by Sogard, a single by Norris and a sac fly by Lowrie. 2-1 Mariners
MARINERS SECOND: A very productive inning, starting with a leadoff homer by Franklin Gutierrez in his first at-bat off the DL. He capped a nine-pitch at-bat with a towering drive over the wall in right-center on a 3-2 pitch. And Nick Franklin, also on a full count, delivered a two-out single to bring in another run. 2-0 Mariners
OAKLAND SECOND: Solid 1-2-3 inning for Harang with a strikeout.
MARINERS FIRST: M’s waste a booming one-out double by Nick Franklin off the wall in right-center. With runners on first and third, Raul Ibanez struck out to end the inning. Franklin continues to impress, however.
OAKLAND FIRST: An ominous start for Harang as pesky Coco Crisp leads off with a single, but he was promptly picked off by Harang. He then walked Lowrie but got the next three outs, the last one a fly ball hauled in by Gutierrez. Harang struck out Cespedes, fresh off a two-homer night. 0-0
Which Aaron Harang will the Mariners get tonight — the one that has pitched two shutouts, or the one that gave up 11 hits in five innings last time out against the Angels — one of several rocky outings interspersed with his good ones. Harang faces the team for which he made his major-league debut on May 25, 2002, pitching seven shutout innings for the A’s in a win over Tampa Bay.
A scoring change from Harang’s last start — giving an error to shortstop Carlos Triunfel rather than a hit to Peter Bourjos of the Angels — reduced his earned runs allowed in that game from four to one.