Final score: Mariners 7, A’s 1
This is the fun of early season ball. A two-homer performance, a 7-1 win over the A’s, and a bases-loaded walk from Justin Smoak may not mean much in the grand scheme of things, but it sure makes for enjoyable baseball.
- Forget what I said yesterday about the Mariners spoiling their fans only every fifth day. Following the King’s season debut, Hisashi Iwakuma shut down the A’s with another strong performance. He finished with two hits, an earned run, a walk, and seven strikeouts in six innings — retiring his last 11 batters and setting down four consecutive scoreless innings.
- After leading the 2013 Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues with nine home runs, Michael Morse ripped his first regular season homer tonight, a three-run shot off of Oakland’s RHP Jarrod Parker. Unsatisfied with a 5-run lead in the 9th, he did it again, driving another home run to center field off of closer Grant Balfour.
- File this in the “Can’t Predict Ball” folder: Justin Smoak walked in the Mariners’ fifth run of the night. This followed a stellar sequence by RHP Ryan Cook — a five-pitch walk for Kyle Seager, a four-pitch walk for Kendrys Morales, and a special HBP for Morse.
- Yoenis Cespedes nabbed the A’s lone run of the game, turning Iwakuma’s 81 MPH slider into a moonshot over the center field fence.
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Next game: vs. A’s | April 3 | 7:05pm