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Felix Hernandez, Long Ball Beat Oakland Athletics

The dominating starting pitching performances for the Mariners continue as Felix Hernandez nearly went the distance Saturday in the Mariners 3-1 win over the Oakland Athletics.

Felix pitched into the 9th allowing six hits and one earned run while walking one and striking out eight.

The offense was stymied in the early innings but broke loose against Oakland starter Dan Straily in the 5th with a 2-run homer from Dustin Ackley and a solo shot by Abraham Almonte two batters later.

That was all the offense Felix would need as he was didn’t falter even a little until the late innings. He gave up his only walk in the 8th and gave up a solo homer to Jed Lowrie to lead off the 9th, breaking up the shut out.

Felix exited with one out in the 9th with a runner at 2nd, opening the door for Fernando Rodney to get his first save as a Seattle Mariner striking out both batters he faced.

Seattle’s pitching staff has a 1.72 ERA through the first five games of the season. Take away Hector Noesi‘s boo boo and that lowers the staff ERA to 1.17 through the first 5 games. Both numbers are tops in the American League.

These same two teams will face each other again Sunday in a matinee game in Oakland. Friday’s rainout will be rescheduled as part of a double-header on one of Seattle’s return visits to Oakland this season. We had previously reported that the game had in fact already been scheduled for May. That info was premature and we apologize. Though, it may end up being accurate eventually.

First pitch Sunday is set for 1:05 PM PDT. Go Mariners!

BOX SCORE

Seattle Batting
Batters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Almonte, A, CF 4 1 1 1 0 2 1 .286
Miller, B, SS 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 .250
Cano, 2B 3 0 2 0 1 0 0 .421
Smoak, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 1 4 .286
Hart, DH 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .167
Seager, 3B 4 1 1 0 0 1 0 .133
Morrison, RF 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 .222
  Saunders, M, RF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Ackley, LF 4 1 1 2 0 0 1 .300
Zunino, C 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .235
Totals 34 3 7 3 1 9 10

 

BATTING
2B: Seager (2, Straily), Miller, B (2, Straily).
HR: Ackley (1, 5th inning off Straily, 1 on, 1 out), Almonte, A (1, 5th inning off Straily, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Cano 2; Ackley 4; Almonte, A 4; Seager 2; Morrison; Miller, B 2.
RBI: Ackley 2 (6), Almonte, A (4).
2-out RBI: Almonte, A.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Smoak.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 5.

Oakland Batting
Batters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Crisp, CF 3 0 1 0 1 1 0 .333
Donaldson, 3B 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .091
Lowrie, SS 4 1 2 1 0 1 1 .278
Moss, DH 4 0 2 0 0 1 0 .353
Cespedes, LF 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .200
Jaso, C 4 0 1 0 0 2 1 .200
Reddick, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 2 .100
Barton, 1B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .100
Sogard, 2B 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Totals 33 1 6 1 1 10 9

 

BATTING
2B: Moss (2, Hernandez, F).
3B: Crisp (1, Hernandez, F).
HR: Lowrie (1, 9th inning off Hernandez, F, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Moss 3; Lowrie 5; Crisp 3; Jaso.
RBI: Lowrie (3).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cespedes 2; Lowrie; Reddick.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Team LOB: 6.

Seattle Pitching
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Hernandez, F (W, 2-0) 8.1 6 1 1 1 8 1 1.88
Rodney (S, 1) 0.2 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Oakland Pitching
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Straily (L, 0-1) 6.0 6 3 3 1 7 2 4.50
Pomeranz 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Johnson, J 1.0 1 0 0 0 2 0 22.50
Scribner 1.0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00

  WP: Hernandez, F, Straily.
IBB: Cano (by Straily).
Pitches-strikes: Hernandez, F 101-72, Rodney 12-7, Straily 91-59, Pomeranz 15-10, Johnson, J 14-10, Scribner 12-8.
Groundouts-flyouts: Hernandez, F 7-4, Rodney 0-0, Straily 3-3, Pomeranz 0-2, Johnson, J 1-0, Scribner 2-1.
Batters faced: Hernandez, F 32, Rodney 2, Straily 25, Pomeranz 3, Johnson, J 4, Scribner 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Rodney 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Fieldin Culbreth. 1B: Manny Gonzalez. 2B: Jim Reynolds. 3B: Sean Barber.
Weather: 66 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, Out to LF.
T: 2:22.
Att: 30,290.
Venue: O.co Coliseum.
April 5, 2014

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