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April 6, 2014 at 12:20 PM

Game thread: Mariners at A’s – April 6, 2014

4-6 -- lineups

You may notice if you are watching on television the sound of shrill whistles on the broadcast. It was Little League day here at Coliseum and they gave out free bracelets with a whistle on them to all the kids who participated. it’s good for children’s safety. Not so good for my sanity today. So we have about 12,000 kids with whistles. Whoever made that decision should no longer be allowed to make those types of decisions anymore.  Add the vuvuzelas and drums and you have a party.

First inning

Abraham Almonte drew a lead-off walk and Justin Smoak drew a two-out walk. But Logan Morrison struck out with runners on the corners.

Erasmo Ramirez issued a two-out walk, but struck out Brandon Moss to end the inning.

 Second inning

The Mariners grab a 2-0 lead. Dustin Ackley singles to right with one out. Michael Saunders reached on an error on Daric Barton. Abraham Almonte drives in the first run with single up the middle. Brad Miller follows with a hard single to right field that scores Saunders. The inning ends prematurely as Josh Reddick throws out Almonte as he was trying to go first to third. Once again Almonte is thrown out on the bases with Robinson Cano coming to the plate. Almonte is never dull. I’m sure McClendon and Cano will have a talk with him. But they know he’ll make mistakes.

Ramirez works out of a minor jam because of a walk and ball lost in the sun by Ackley.  He gets some help from Yoenis Cespedes premature steal attempt.

Mariners 2, A’s 0

Third inning

Robinson Cano turns a single into a double (take that Kevin Long!). And Justin Smoak scores him from second with a soft single to center. The inning ends when Kyle Seager’s hard line drive is caught at second and flipped to first  double off Logan Morrison. Mariners lead 3-0.

The lead is gone with one swing. Brandon Moss hammered a three-run homer moments after pitching coach Rick Waits went to the mound to talk to Ramirez after giving up a few hits earlier in the inning. Ramirez left a 90 mph fastball up on the inner half and Moss crushed it.

Mariners 3, A’s 3

Fourth inning

M’s got a two out single from Zunino, but nothing comes from it.

Brad Miller makes a heads up play after Sam Fuld gorks a ball into center. Fuld took too aggressive of a turn and Miller fired back to first to get Fuld. The A’s asked for a replay. The call was upheld.

Fifth inning

Full disclosure: In my sleep-starved and stupid state on Thursday morning, I managed to leave my brand new Macbook Air in a tub at the TSA line at LAX. I didn’t realize it until I got to Oakland on Thursday. So I had no laptop (hence the laptop issues comment the other day).  The Mariners  had spare laptop they are letting me use. Unfortunately, it’s older and gets locked up, giving me some issues. It also seems to not like our blogging site much. So that’s a reason for the delay at times. I appreciate the patience.

M’s go down 1-2-3 as Gray seems to have found his rhythm.

The A’s have the lead. Erasmo Ramirez, who wasn’t particularly sharp, gave up a single to Eric Sogard and then walked Coco Crisp. He wild pitched them into scoring position. Josh Donaldson drove in the go-ahead run with an infield single. McClendon lifted Ramirez for Chris Young, who was making his first ever professional relief appearance.  He gave up a deep fly to center to Jed Lowrie. Abraham Almonte caught the ball or dropped it or something. They ruled it a drop. But Donaldson was confused at first and didn’t run. Almonte fired the ball to Cano at second base for the out. So it’s a fielder’s choice RBI for Lowrie.

Ramirez’s line: 4 innings pitched, 7 hits, 5 runs, 3 walks and 1 strikeout. He threw 83 pitches with just 49 strikes

A’s 5, Mariners 3.

Sixth inning

M’s go down 1-2-3 against Gray

Chris Young got himself a 1-2-3 inning with two ground ball outs and a strikeout.

Seventh inning

Michael Saunders led off with a double, but the Mariners left him at second.

Dominic Leone made his big league debut. He gave up a lead-off double to Eric Sogard and a two-out walk to Jed Lowrie, but he gets out of the inning unscathed

A’s 5, Mariners 3

Eighth inning

M’s retired  1-2-3 … Cano’s liner is caught by Sogard.

The first pitch Yoervis Medina threw that inning was deposited in the stands in right-center by Yoenis Cespedes. Medina did retire the next three batters.

A’s 6, Mariners 3



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