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April 11, 2014 at 5:51 PM

Game thread: A’s at Mariners

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Umpires: Home plate – Chris Guccione (68), first base – Pat Hoberg (31), second base – Tom Hallion (20), third base Eric Cooper (56)

Yes, it’s a “Supreme Court” promotion tonight. So that means the first 25,000 fans received K cards and free t-shirts that look like this …

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The Mariners are expecting close to 40,000 people here tonight. The ‘Pen was packed by like 4:45 p.m. I’m sure the adult beverages were flowing.

Quick note: I know we are changing our commenting system on the blogs. I don’t know if it’s effecting the Mariners blog or causing issues. They are hoping to have it all implemented and fixed soon. Thanks for your patience.

Pretty cool scene pregame. Felix Hernandez came walking back from the bullpen with catcher Mike Zunino and pitcher Rick Waits and they were rocking “The Man” by Aloe Blacc. The stadium board flashed “All Rise for the King” and people went crazy.

First inning

Felix gets 1-2-3 inning. Abraham Almonte made a nice running catch on on Josh Donaldson’s long fly ball to end the inning.

The Mariners grabbed a 1-0 lead. Abraham Almonte led off with a double to left. Brad Miller dropped down a drag bunt for a single and Robinson Cano hit a single to first base but left first baseman Daric Barton confused as to what to do with the ball. Cano beat pitcher Tommy Milone to the bag and was given a hit and RBI. The Mariners loaded the bases after Corey Hart was hit by a pitch with one out. But Kyle Seager popped up to short and Stefen Romero struck out to end the inning.

Mariners 1, A’s 0

Second inning

Felix got his first strikeout of the game, ringing up Brandon Moss looking. He had 1-2-3 inning. Lot of movement and sink on his ball tonight.

Dustin Ackley led off with a single. But the M’s couldn’t do much with it. Almonte’s hard liner to left was caught by Cespedes.

Mariners 1, A’s 0

Third inning

Another 1-2-3 inning for Felix. He struck out Derek Norris and Daric Barton and got a nice pick-up from Justin Smoak on Squints Sogard’s ground ball to first.

Mariners go down 1-2-3. Kyle Seager had a home run overturned by replay. It was clearly foul.

Mariners 1, A’s 0

Fourth inning

Felix gave up his first hit after retiring the fist 10 hitters he faced. Jed Lowrie singled to left. Josh Donaldson followed with an infield hit, but Felix came back to strike out Moss and Cespedes to end the inning.

The Mariner tacked on two more runs, thanks to the A’s sloppy fielding. Dustin Ackley delivered a two-out single. He scored moments later when Josh Donaldson made a nice diving stop on Mike Zunino’s ground ball, but threw the ball away. Jed Lowrie then booted Abraham Almonte’s ground ball at shortstop allowing Zunino to score from second.

Mariners 3, A’s 0

Fifth inning

Felix gave up a lead-off double to Albert Callaspo and Robinson Cano made a two-out error on Eric Sogard’s ground ball. But Felix struck out Eric Sogard looking to end the inning.

Corey Hart delivers a two out single and Kyle Seager follows with a much needed single up the middle, but Milone strikes out Romero to end the inning.

Mariners 3, A’s 0

Sixth inning

Felix gets three fly ball outs.

Before I was the subject of the Mariners’ practical joke of labeling me as Pit Bull’s biggest fan in the third inning. I told M’s director of marketing that Zunino would hit a homer off of Tommy Milone tonight. I was right. Zunino crushed a two-run homer to left field.

Mariners 5, A’s 0

Seventh inning

Felix struck out the side in the seventh. He’s at 100 pitches.





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