The Seattle Mariners dropped the series finale and the series against the Oakland Athletics with a 6-3 loss Sunday afternoon in Oakland.
Erasmo Ramirez was not nearly as sharp as he was against Los Angeles and the bats were pretty quiet yet again. Ramirez went 4 IP allowing 7 hits and 5 ER while walking three and striking out only one. He looked as if his release point was changing throughout the day, like he wasn’t quite gripping the ball the way he wanted to. He could never get in a groove.
The Mariners got it started in the 2nd with RBI singles off the bats of Abraham Almonte and Brad Miller off Athletics starter Sonny Gray. They added another in the 3rd with an RBI single by Justin Smoak.
But Erasmo Ramirez got into trouble in the bottom of the 3rd. With two outs and runners on first and second, Ramirez kept a fast ball out over the plate to Brandon Moss who drilled it over the right field wall to tie the game at 3-3.
Ramirez would stay in the game and got into trouble again in the 5th. After a single, a walk and a wild pitch, there were runners at 2nd and 3rd with no one out. Josh Donaldson singled in a run to give the A’s the lead.
Chris Young replaced Ramirez and did allow another run to score on a sac fly but then shut the door and got out of the inning.
Josh Johnson, who has struggled to start the season, gave up a walk and a single in the 9th but got Mike Zunino and Almonte to strike out looking to end the game and earn his first save as a member of the Athletics.
Seattle, despite 8 hits, left 7 on base and batted were 3-for-11 with runners in scoring position. This team that scored 26 runs in the first three games, scored only eight runs in the three games against Oakland. But, the Mariners lead the American League in ERA and lead the AL West by one game over Oakland, Houston and Texas.
The Mariners now have a day off to regroup and lick their wounds. They open their first home series at Safeco against the Angels Tuesday night.
|Almonte, A, CF||4||0||1||1||1||1||4||.280|
|Miller, B, SS||4||0||1||1||0||0||2||.250|
|Saunders, M, RF||4||1||2||0||0||0||1||.167|
2B: Cano (2, Gray, S), Saunders, M (1, Gregerson).
TB: Cano 2; Zunino; Ackley; Smoak; Almonte, A; Saunders, M 3; Miller, B.
RBI: Almonte, A (5), Miller, B (5), Smoak (8).
2-out RBI: Almonte, A; Miller, B.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Morrison; Miller, B; Almonte, A.
Team RISP: 3-for-11.
Team LOB: 7.
Outfield assists: Almonte, A 2 (Fuld at 2nd base, Crisp at home).
|Norris, D, C||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||.375|
2B: Sogard (1, Leone).
HR: Moss (1, 3rd inning off Ramirez, Er, 2 on, 2 out), Cespedes (1, 8th inning off Medina, 0 on, 0 out).
TB: Donaldson; Moss 4; Lowrie; Sogard 4; Fuld; Cespedes 4; Jaso.
RBI: Moss 3 (5), Donaldson (1), Lowrie (4), Cespedes (4).
2-out RBI: Moss 3.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Moss.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
Team LOB: 5.
SB: Sogard (1, 2nd base off Ramirez, Er/Zunino).
CS: Cespedes (1, 3rd base by Ramirez, Er/Zunino).
E: Barton (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Fuld (Almonte, A at 3rd base).
|Ramirez, Er (L, 1-1)||4.0||7||5||5||3||1||1||5.73|
|Gray, S (W, 1-0)||6.0||6||3||1||2||3||0||0.75|
|Gregerson (H, 1)||1.0||1||0||0||0||1||0||2.08|
|Doolittle (H, 2)||1.0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0.00|
|Johnson, J (S, 1)||1.0||1||0||0||1||2||0||15.00|
Ramirez, Er pitched to 3 batters in the 5th.
WP: Ramirez, Er, Gray, S 2.
Pitches-strikes: Ramirez, Er 83-49, Young, Cr 22-13, Leone 27-15, Medina 11-8, Gray, S 98-57, Gregerson 13-10, Doolittle 4-3, Johnson, J 22-13.
Groundouts-flyouts: Ramirez, Er 3-5, Young, Cr 2-1, Leone 1-0, Medina 1-0, Gray, S 7-3, Gregerson 1-1, Doolittle 0-2, Johnson, J 0-1.
Batters faced: Ramirez, Er 20, Young, Cr 6, Leone 5, Medina 4, Gray, S 25, Gregerson 4, Doolittle 3, Johnson, J 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Young, Cr 2-1.
Umpires: HP: Manny Gonzalez. 1B: Jim Reynolds. 2B: Sean Barber. 3B: Fieldin Culbreth.
Weather: 68 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 4 mph, Out to RF.
Venue: O.co Coliseum.
April 6, 2014