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May 7, 2014 at 12:19 PM

Game thread No. 1: Mariners at A’s — April 7, 2014

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  • Umpires: HP Lance Barrett (94), 1B Pat Hoberg (31), 2B Ron Kulpa (46, CC), 3B Ed Hickox (15)
  • Mariners’ official game notes:05.07.14 Game Notes
  • A’s official game notes5-7 — A’s game notes
  • Daily MLB statpack05.07.14 Stats
  • TV: Root NW
  • Radio: ESPN 710/Mariners radio network
  • MLB Gamecast: HERE

A few notes … Felix Hernandez is going with the high socks today .. if you are concerned about that kind of thing. He is 5-0 with a 2.76 ERA in his last 10 starts at Coliseum

First inning

Mariners go down 1-2-3 against Straily

Felix doesn’t look real sharp, he gives up a weird little single to Coco Crisp and then picks him off. Jaso follows with a single and Donaldson blasted a ball deep center but was caught by Jones (park factor).  Moss then singled, but Felix came back to get Cespedes to ground into a fielder’s choice to end the inning.

Mariners 0, A’s 0

Second inning

Seattle is on the board. Corey Hart hit some balls hard last night and had nothing to show for it. He does today. Hart hit a missile to deep left-center for a solo homer. It was all the Mariners got off Straily, but they did work a couple of walks, pushing his pitch count up to 43.

Much easier inning for Felix. Daric Barton came up with the rare hit. But that’s about it. He’s a 28 pitches.

Mariners 1, A’s 0

Third inning

James Jones came up with an infield single, but Cano ended the inning with a 4-6-3 double play.

Another pretty smooth inning for Felix. He walked  Donaldson, but got  Moss to ground out into the shift.

Mariners 1, A’s 0

Fourth inning

It looked like  Seager had a sure double on a laser to right-center. But Coco Crisp made a ridiculous leaping catch at the wall to rob Seager. Crisp stayed down on the warning track for a while and then slowly walked off the field. I think his day might be done.

We have a tie game.  Jones got a slow break on a fly ball to center that dropped for a single for Cespedes. It looked like he didn’t see it off the bat in the sun. But the bigger miscue came from  Miller, who booted a routine double play ball at shortstop. Josh Reddick moved the runners over with a ground ball to first and Cespedes scored on a ground ball to second. Felix limited the damage to the one unearned run.

Obviously, there is plenty of debate about Miller and his struggles. We asked McClendon a few days and he thought Miller was getting better – both offensively and defensively – over the last week. People will mention Nick Franklin down at Tacoma. He has been playing more shortstop with the Rainiers.

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I’m hesitant to use PCL batting numbers as justification for anything. But if Miller continues to struggle over the next week, they may be forced to make a change. The slow production at the plate is tolerable with good defensive, but Miller right now is not providing that.

Obviously, Chris Taylor is there as well and putting up good numbers. Scouts say he’s better defensively than Miller or Franklin. He was pretty impressive this spring. But this is his first year in Class AAA and I’m not sure they want to rush him up to play a position as demanding as shortstop.

Fifth inning

Mike Zunino gave the Mariners back the lead, yanking a 0-1 curveball down the left field line for a solo homer. It was his fifth of the season – tying him for the lead with Justin Smoak and Kyle Seager.

A somewhat smoother inning for Felix. Donaldson got a hit, but the inning ended with the 5-6-3 double play on a ground ball into the shift.

Sixth inning

Seattle pushes a run across. Jones walks and then steals second. Cano moves him to third with a ground ball out up the middle. Straily walked  Hart, who then stole second. Smoak hit a fly ball to mid center that allowed Jones to score. It looked like Gentry was going to fire home to try and get Smoak. That must be what Corey Hart because he was trying to advance on the throw. But Daric Barton cut the throw off and got him at third. Mariners lead 3-1

Seventh inning

The lead is gone. Sogard singled off of Felix’s glove. Gentry doubled, Jaso singled to score a run, Donaldson had a sac fly and Moss hit a  triple to center.  McClendon had Joe Beimel warming to face the lefty Moss, but chose to stay with his ace.  Danny Farquhar came in to get the final two outs and keep it at 4-3.

Felix’s line: 6 1/3 innings pitched, four runs (three earned) on 11 hits with two walks and ZERO strikeouts.  From the M’s: his only other career start, of at least 5.0 innings pitched, with no strikeouts: Aug. 19, 2008 at ChiSox, a 5-0 loss. (5.0,11,5,5,3,0)

Eighth inning

The Mariners have a lead again. Saunders and pinch hitter Stefen Romero drew one-out walks and Robinson Cano delivered, hammering a hard single up the middle to score Saunders.  M’s failed to get anymore. It’s tied at 4-4



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