Seattle went out today in Oakland with their ace Felix Hernandez going to the mound, except Felix thought he was still pitching to the spring training squad. Felix's line was 5 IP, 7 hits, 5 er, with 8 k's. Yes that was 5 earned runs in 5 innings, that is not ace numbers, nor ace effort. The problem here is Felix saw that the starter from last night was pulled early, and needing some innings came up short. Fluke game? Lets hope so. The bullpen was called into duty early, pitching a combined 4 innings, 2 by Batista, 1 by Lowe and the close by Morrow. The bullpen shutout the A's, a solid performance.
The offense was alive, granted, better late then never.
Seattle went down 3 in the 3rd inning, and didnt respond until the 4th, with one and the 5th with 2 more. The breakout came in the in the 8th with 4 runs. They added another in the 9th, overall another solid effort. Branyan showed more power hitting his 2nd in the 4th inning.
Beltre struggled all game offensively until the 8th with a nock and finishing the game 1 for 5. Again I ask, what is Tui's role here? If you have a guy struggling, why not make a switch? Our #1 catcher had another stellar effort, 1-5. I think the line of #1 and #2 has to be very thin. He consistently mixes pitchers up, and his offense is non-existent.
Tomorrow, the get-a-way game, Bedard takes the hill. The bullpen needs a better effort out of the starters in order for some tired arms to get a rest. Seattle wraps up the series and heads for home for their home opener Tuesday against the Angels. Lets hope the outting proves better for Silva then his previous outing.
Don't look now, but the Mariner's are 4-2, on top of the AL West with the projected AL West champ coming to town. Will it last? Only time will tell, but big props go out to the Mariner's hitting coach, because early on, these boys are hitting.
Finally, it must be noted that the Sounders outdrew the A's, by more than 9000. Nice showing A's fans....
I'm just sayin