Recap: Mariners @ A’s Game 1
Wrap: Seattle 2, Oakland 0. A’s 0-1 (4th Place (tie), 1 game back)
I am sort of ripping off the wrap up style of Astros County. I like that blog, I don’t like my recap format, so tinker I shall. The A’s played the Mariners on Opening Day again. As a team that constantly has to face Felix Hernandez on Opening Day yet again they lost by a final score of 2-0. All the Mariners’ scoring came off the bat of Franklin Gutierrez who had a two-run single that sunk Brett Anderson. All the Oakland offense, well OK 2/3 of it, came off the bat off Seth Smith who had a single and a double to accompany the double hit by new Athletic John Jaso.
Was there really any? As said in the wrap: Jaso doubled in the fourth inning, Smith singled in the sixth, and Smith doubled in the eighth. If you want to credit A’s hitters with getting walks, Crisp, Lowrie and Sogard did just that. And that’s it. With runners in scoring position these guys went 0-for-4.
Anderson had a good outing, the sort that would normally win you the game, in this one against King Felix it did not. Anderson went seven, walking four (high) and striking out six for a 2.96 FIP on the game. Resop struck out two of the three batters he face and Blevins struck out everyone he saw, nothing to complain about there.
It has to be a zero in this one with the loss and I am going Derek Norris. The eighth inning and the A’s began a two out rally with Smith’s double followed by Sogard and Crisp drawing walks. Felix was out, Stephen Pryor was on the mound and Norris grounded out with the bases full. One at bat but the one biggest chance to be a hero and not a zero.