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May 6, 2014 at 6:32 PM

Game thread: Mariners at A’s — May 6, 2014

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  • Umpires: HP Ed Hickox (15), 1B Lance Bennett (94), 2B Dana DeMuth (32 CC), 3B Ron Kulpa
  • Mariners’ official game notes05.06.14 Game Notes
  • A’s official game notes:notes2014 (2)
  • Daily MLB statpack:05.06.14 Stats
  • TV: Root NW
  • Radio: ESPN 710/Mariners radio network
  • MLB Gamecast: HERE

First inning

The Mariners come out swinging. James Jones singles in his first at-bat and Cano follows with a single. Corey Hart hit a hard fly ball to right-center that Gentry made a nice leaping catch on at the warning track. But it did it at least allow Jones to tag up and advance to third. That was big because Chavez uncorked a wild pitch, allowing Jones to trot home.  Smoak delivered an opposite-field down the left-field line to score Cano from second. Smoak later scored on  Ackley’s single to right-center. M’s lead 3-0

Elias gives up a single to  Crisp and then retires the next three hitters with a lot of hard contact. Donaldson drove a ball to right that was caught by Saunders while Cespedes hammered a liner up the middle that was gloved by Cano.

Mariners 3, A’s 0

Second inning

Mariners go down 1-2-3

Elias’ lack of command is an issue. He walked Craig Gentry  with two outs and then gave up a single to Brandon Moss when Cano couldn’t quite get him at first after a diving stop in right field with the shift on. A wild pitch moved the runners into scoring position. And Nick Punto singled them home with a ground ball up the middle.

Mariners 3, A’s 2

Third inning

Some bad luck for the Mariners. Cano singles to start the inning. He then tags up and advances to second on Corey Hart’s fly ball to deep center. When he slid into second, he stood on the baseball and yelled, “What you got Mariano?! What you got?!” Ok he didn’t do that. Cano should have scored on Smoak’s rocket down the first base line. But Moss did a Roger Dorn impersonation and gloved the ball “ole” style and got the out. Cano advanced to third. But  Seager flew out to end the inning.

Elias had a little better inning. He issued a one-out walk to Donaldson, but got two ground balls to get out of the inning.

Mariners 3, A’s 2

Fourth inning

Mariners get more bad luck. But probably saved Chavez from having a long hospital stay. With two outs and Ackley on second, Saunders hit a rocket up the middle that Chavez somehow gloved inches from his face. That could have been really bad.

Elias seems to be getting sharper. Despite a bad throwing error by Miller, the rest of the inning is issue free for Elias. His command of his curveball seems to be much better.

Mariners 3, A’s 2

Fifth inning

Jones got his second hit of the game, but a 3-6-3 double play erased him

A nice 1-2-3 inning for Elias.

Sixth inning

The M’s tacked on a run. Seager was hit by a pitch and moved to third on Dustin Ackley’s second single of the night. He scored on Zunino’s flyball to right field.

Elias gave up a lead-off solo homer to Cespedes and looked to be in trouble when Norris singled. But he got Callaspo to ground into 5-4-3 double play and struck out Gentry looking with a filthy curveball.

Ninth inning

So it looked we would have some fun with the Fernando Rodney Experience in the ninth. But the M’s turned a 4-3 lead to an 8-3 lead, scoring four runs in the ninth to make the win a little less fraught with anxiety. Justin Smoak delivered a Smoakbloop, scoring a pair of runs as the big hit in the inning.



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