Final score: A’s 8, Mariners 2
If you’ve been keeping tabs on the Big Four — pitching prospects Danny Hultzen, James Paxton, Taijuan Walker, and Brandon Maurer — the Mariners, Rainiers, and Generals have something very special in store for you today.
While Maurer took the mound for the M’s in his major league debut, Hultzen and Walker are penciled into the lineups for the Rainiers and Generals, respectively. Here’s hoping that the two MiLB starters can avoid the first-game jitters Maurer exhibited today.
- Michael Morse continued his home-run hitting trend, going deep against Oakland starter A.J. Griffin. He currently leads MLB with four homers in as many games — an insignificant statistic, to be sure, but a satisfying one nonetheless.
- Kelly Shoppach gave Jesus Montero a bit of a break behind the dish today. In his first game of the season, he went 2-for-3 with two base hits and a walk.
- Gene Maurer, Brandon’s father, had some sweet words following his son’s first MLB outing: “To see him out there on the mound, it just brings chills… it gives me chills to see him out there with his whole family. [...] I just want to thank Seattle for giving him the opportunity to get up here and realize his dream.”
- Unfortunately for most Mariners fans, the chills felt during Maurer’s debut were not excited ones. The 22-year-old right-hander finished with eight hits, six earned runs, two home runs, and a single strikeout in his 6.0 IP. The good news? He set down eight A’s in a row and managed enough control to withhold walks. The bad news? Oakland’s lineup figured him out just a bit quicker than he did.
- The M’s bullpen dug itself into another hole this afternoon. Following a sharp performance from Oliver Perez — no hits, runs, or walks allowed in an inning of relief — the A’s picked up two hits, two sacrifice flies, and an intentional walk from lefty Lucas Luetge.
Tweet of the game:
Next game: vs. White Sox | April 5 | 5:10pm