Before you rush to tell me that the beginning of the season has as much value as Spring Training, let me just say that there may be very few times this season when the above sentence will be true. I have to write it while I still can.
Chone Figgins kicked off tonight’s game with a triple off Oakland starter Bartolo Colon. After a slow start in the Cactus League, Figgins heated up this weekend with 6 hits, 2 runs, and 4 RBIs in his last two games. The leadoff spot appears to be treating him quite well so far this season.
At the other end of the lineup, Munenori Kawasaki made his first major league start, going 1-for-4 with an RBI single. However, his most memorable moment of the night comes courtesy of Shannon Drayer:
After racking up a staggering seven runs in four innings, the Mariners hit a bit of a lull. Felix emerged after 6.1 IP with 8 hits, 6 runs, and 7 strikeouts in 29 batters, leaving the last earned run to RHP Steve Delabar. In the 6th, Michael Saunders came through for Seattle’s last run, a solo shot to right field off LHP Jerry Blevins that would be the game-changer in the 8-7 win.
Not willing to be outdone, Yoenis Cespedes reminded the Mariners of his towering 462-foot home run last night, and went deep to center field in the 7th to score Eric Sogard and Coco Crisp and bring Oakland within a run of tying the game. Fortunately, Tom Wilhelmsen and Brandon League made short work of the rest of the lineup, striking out one batter and nabbing the save in a nailbiting finish.
Tomorrow, the Mariners will enjoy an Easter Sunday free of baseball. Their road trip continues on Monday evening with a 4-game series against Texas.
Next game: @ Rangers | April 9 | 5:05pm | 6 days until Opening Night