Final Score: Mariners 1, Athletics 4
If you thought the lackluster performances on Opening Day were aberrations and that the Seattle and Oakland offenses would come around and put on a dazzling display of extra base hits, you were mistaken. Starters Jason Vargas and Bartolo Colon equaled and then exceeded the outstanding pitching performances of Hernandez and McCarthy on opening day, but the outcome was reversed on game two.
39-year-old Bartolo Colon impressed in his first start of the 2012 season, going 8 innings and only giving up three hits. He struck out six and the only run he gave up was a solo homerun to Justin Smoak in the seventh, giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead.
Vargas was just as impressive, going 6.1 innings and 85 pitches before leaving with one runner on. Shawn Kelley came on in relief and promptly gave up a 2-run homerun to Cuban rookie Yoennis Cespedes. George Sherrill came on to relieve Kelley and gave up a home run of his own to Josh Reddick.
Steve Delabar came in to finish the inning and strike out Jemile Weeks. Not wanting to be left out, he gave up an eighth inning homerun to Jonny Gomes, bringing Oakland’s lead to 4-1, which would end up being the final score.
Jesus Montero did record his first hit as a Mariner – one of three in the game by the team. Figgins, Ackley, Ichiro, Seager, Saunders and Ryan all went hitless.
The team returns to Arizona tomorrow to play some more Spring Training games while Oakland heads home to prepare for their home opener against none other than your Seattle Mariners. We’ll be back to counting down the days until that game, as well as counting down the days to the Mariners’ home opener on April 13th. Against Oakland.