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April 3, 2014 at 5:59 PM

Game thread: Mariners at A’s – game no. 4



First inning

Abraham Almonte bounces a ground ball to first baseman Alberto Callaspo, who lets it go through the five- hole on him for an error. Almonte then rounded second hard and goaded second baseman Nick Punto into throwing to first base to try and get him out. Punto threw the ball away. And Almonte jogged to second. Almonte advanced to third on Brad Miller’s deep fly to center. Robinson Cano scored Almonte with a ground ball to second base to give the M’s a 1-0 lead.

Roenis Elias looked a little nervous in that first inning. He went full count on all four batters he faced. He issued a lead-off walk to Coco Crisp, but got some help when Josh Donaldson lined out to Kyle Seager, who fired to first base to double off a stealing Crisp. Elias walked Jed Lowrie but came back to strike out Yoenis Cespedes looking to end the inning. He threw 26 pitches in the inning.

Mariners 1, A’s 0

Second inning

The Mariners go down 1-2-3 against Chavez

Elias issued a one-out walk to Alberto Callaspo but he gets out of the inning in just 17 pitches. He’s at 43 total.

Third inning

Mike Zunino doubled down the left field line with one out, but the Mariners couldn’t score him.

Elias works his first 1-2-3 inning, needed just 12 pitches. He looks much more relaxed.

Mariners 1, A’s 0

Fourth inning

Robinson Cano led off the inning with a single to right, but the Mariners couldn’t put anything together. They still really haven’t hit a ball hard.

Another 1-2-3 inning for Elias.

Mariners 1, A’s 0

Fifth inning

The Mariners go up 2-0. Logan Morrison singles to right and Dustin Ackley follows with a single to right. Abraham Almonte singles home Morrison for the run. But he runs the Mariners out of the inning after making a mistake and trying to advance to third on Brad Miller’s ground ball when Ackley, who was at third base didn’t go. It ended up being a 4-3-2 double play. Poor focus from Almonte.

Almonte’s adventures continued in the bottom of the inning. With Nick Punto on first, Sam Fuld hit a hard liner out to center. Almonte was caught in between diving and trying to just catch the ball. He made an awkward attempt at both and the ball went by him to the wall. Alertly, Logan Morrison hustled to the center field wall to get the ball. He fired a good throw to Robinson Cano, who turned and made a brilliant relay throw to Mike Zunino at home plate to get Fuld at home. Sean Barber, the homeplate umpire, decided to review the play to see if Zunino violated the blocking the plate rule. Barber couldn’t review what should have been a called third strike to Punto on a nasty curveball that would have ended the inning before the fiasco

Mariners 2, A’s 1

The M’s had a chance to get something  going thanks to a pair of walks. But Logan Morrison’s soft liner to left was gloved by a sliding Fuld to end the inning

Elias was done after five, giving up one run on two hits with three walks and three strikeouts.

Yoervis Medina came on and  struck out Crisp and  Donaldson and got Lowrie to ground out to end the inning.

Mariners 2, A’s 1

 Somewhere in the 10th inning 

I gave up on the game thread to write my running game story for when the game ends. I’ve now re-written it four times. So that’s fun. I know some people are angry about Wilhelmsen being in there instead for Farquhar. McClendon said the other day that he had decided to go Furbush and Wilhelmsen as his main seventh and eighth inning guys first. They hadn’t done anything to change his mind in the past three games.

Do I think Farquhar is more suited in the eighth inning than Wilhelmsen? Yes. I’m sure I’m not alone. But the McClendon has his reasons.

I’m sure some of you were astute enough to do a google search of Sean Barber, you’ll that he isn’t a full-time major league umpire (the floating strike zone might have been a good indicator). He made his debut a few days ago. 

Bottom of the 12th …

The A’s relievers have pitched six inning, giving up just one hit, allowing one walk and striking out five batters. That’s one major reason why this game is in the 12th.



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