Quick reaction: The Mariners’ offense was once again ineffective. The Mariners had just three hits. They struck out 11 times, including at least once in each of the first six innings. Their only hits came in the fourth inning, and they didn’t walk.
They were shutout for the second time in this five-game home stand and have now scored less than one run in three of their last four games. They had just one hit against the Angels on Wednesday.
The shame of it is it wasted a quality start from Chris Young. Making his first start since September 2012, Young pitched six scoreless innings, giving up four hits and three walks but always working his way out of jams. He was pitching in place of the injured James Paxton.
Charlie Furbush gave up a two-run homer to Yoenis Cespedes in the eighth inning and Josh Donaldson hit a solo homer with two outs in the ninth off Lucas Luetge. That proved more than enough.
The Mariners are now 6-5. The A’s are 8-4.
Bottom 9th: Robinson Cano delivered a two-out single, but that’s all the Mariners managed in another disappointing offensive performance. A’s 3, Mariners 0.
Top 9th: Josh Donaldson hits a solo home run with two outs off reliever Lucas Luetge. With the way the Mariners have hit recently, the lead feels much bigger than the scoreboard shows. A’s 3, Mariners 0.
Bottom 8th: Seager, Zunino and Bloomquist go down in order. Still only two hits for the Mariners. A’s 2, Mariners 0.
Top 8th: Charlie Furbush walked Brandon Moss to lead off the inning, and Yoenis Cespedes made him pay with a 2-run HR to left field. A’s 2, Mariners 0.
Bottom 7th: Corey Hart reaches on an error when Yoenis Cespedes dropped a ball in left field. But Justin Smoak grounded into a fielder’s choice and Logan Morrison (who pinch hit for Stefen Romero) fouled out. The Mariners with just two hits. Mariners 0, A’s 0.
Top 7th: Yoervis Medina walks Nick Punto to lead off the inning and also gives up a single to Coco Crisp. But he strands both runners thanks to a strikeout and nice defensive play from Brad Miller. Mariners 0, A’s 0.
Bottom 6th: Three up, three down for the fifth time. The Mariners have now struck out nine times, including once every inning. Brad Miller, though, drove a ball to the warning track in right field that Josh Reddick hauled in at the wall. Mariners 0, A’s 0.
Top 6th: Chris Young gives up a one-out walk to Yoenis Cespedes but that’s all. He’s at 98 pitches so that’s likely it for him, but the Mariners have to be thrilled to get six scoreless innings from him in his first start since 2012. Mariners 0, A’s 0.
Bottom 5th: Three up, three down for the Mariners for the fourth time in five innings. Mike Zunino becomes the eighth Mariner to strike out today. Mariners 0, A’s 0.
Top 5th: Chris Young gives up a one-out single to Coco Crisp, who then stole second, but Young got the next two batters. He’s allowed a base runner in every inning but has been able to get out of it each time. Mariners 0, A’s 0.
Bottom 4th: The Mariners get two hits — their first of the game — in the fourth but Corey Hart hits into a fielder’s choice and Just Smoak strikes out. Brad Miller and Robinson Cano both singled in the inning. The Mariners have now struck out seven times today and 18 times in the last two games combined. Mariners 0, A’s 0.
Top 4th: Chris Young gets his first three up, three down inning. He’s at 73 pitches so far. McClendon said he’d probably go between 80-90 pitches so he’s likely got another inning in him. He’s stranded five base runners today. Mariners 0, A’s 0.
Bottom 3rd: Still no hits for the Mariners. Kyle Seager and Mike Zunino strike out in the inning. That’s six strikeouts in nine at-bats for the Mariners vs. lefty Scott Kazmir. Mariners 0, A’s 0.
Top 3rd: Chris Young walks John Jaso to lead off the inning, but he gets the next three batters to fly out. Mariners 0, A’s 0.
Bottom 2nd: Another rough start for the Mariners offense: Four strikeouts through two innings. No hits or base runners yet. Mariners 0, A’s 0.
Top 2nd: Chris Young puts two more runners on base — he walked Josh Reddick and gave up a single to Nick Punto — but didn’t give up any runs. Mariners 0, A’s 0.
Bottom 1st: A night after striking out 11 times, the Mariners start today’s game with two more strikeouts from Abraham Almonte and Brad Miller. Robinson Cano flies out to cap the one-two-three inning. Mariners 0, A’s 0.
Top 1st: Chris Young gives up two hits but no runs in his first inning. He came out throwing a lot of strikes early. Mariners 0, A’s 0.