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May 7, 2014 at 4:35 PM

Game thread No. 2: Mariners at A’s — May 7, 2014

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Very quick turnaround on that game. I will get some post game stuff when I can. Here’s some video of Felix Hernandez talking postgame.

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Also reliever Ryan Cook suffered a strained forearm in that game and Coco Crisp suffered a strained neck.

McClendon didn’t say who was available and who wasn’t for game two in the bullpen.

First inning

Cano comes up with a two-out single and Smoak reaches on a throwing error, but Gillespie grounds out to end the inning.

Erasmo Ramirez looks solid. He gave up a one-out single to Lowrie, but came back to strikeout Donaldson and Moss.

Did you know? With today’s 6-4 win in 10 innings, the Mariners snapped a club-record 10-game losing streak in extra-inning games.

Here’s a few postgame comments from McClendon.

On Smoak getting the big hit: “There’s nothing like confidence, and I think he’s feeling good about himself. And, sometimes, you’ve got to be a little lucky. You’ve got to understand that, particularly at the end, we were a little lucky.”

On a lot of players feeling good: “When you win, that’s what happens. You should feel good about yourself. Our guys are performing well.”

On Felix hitting a wall: “I don’t know if he hit a wall or if it was one of those freaky things. He was really pretty darn good through six innings. I thought he came out with a lot of energy. He was very determined. It just goes to show you, this is the big leagues. It’s hard to win. It’s hard to get outs. And they had good at-bats against him.”

Second inning

Mariners go out 1-2-3

A 1-2-3 inning for my doppelganger Erasmo.

Third inning

Pomeranz sets the M’s down 1-2-3.

The A’s take a 1-0 lead. Miller is charged with a tough error on a ground ball deep in the hole (won’t surprise me if that gets changed later) with two outs. Jed Lowrie then hits a pop up into shallow left field. Miller and Seager went back and Gillespie came in, and it dropped in between. Looked like Miller was waitin for the Gillespie to call him off. But it didn’t happen. It’s a single and a RBI for Lowrie.

A’s 1, Mariners 0

Fourth inning 

Smoak had a one-out single, but nothing else

The A’s push the lead to 2-0 as Cespedes blasted a rocket over the wall in left field.

A’s 2, Mariners 0

Fifth inning

Scoring change: Official scorer has went and given Gentry a hit on that ball that had been charged an error on Miller. It was probably the right choice.

M’s go down 1-2-3 again.

another 1-2-3 for Erasmo … this has been a much better start for him.

A’s 2, Mariners 0

Sixth inning

The A’s lift Pomeranz, who has been pitching in relief most of the season, after  68 pitches. He pitched five shutout innings, allowing two  hits and striking out five. The M’s did little against his replacement – Dan Otero – going out 1-2-3.

Erasmo walks Cespedes with two outs, but gets Reddick to pop out to end the inning.

A’s 2, Mariners 0

Seventh inning

M’s had something going with Jones on second and Seager on first with one out, but Bloomquist grounded into a 4-6-3 double play to end the inning

Wihelmsen into the game. Erasmo’s line: six innings, six hits, two runs and one walk with four strikeouts.  Not bad.  A’s get a hit from Norris, but Wihelmsen ends the inning without giving up a run.

A’s 2, Mariners 0

Ok, gotta get to writing that game story.



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