Apr 6, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Oakland Athletics DH Brandon Moss (37) rounds third after hitting a three run home run off Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (50) during the third inning at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners Drop Finale In Oakland


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.

The A’s added an insurance run in the bottom of the 8th with a solo homer by Yoenis Cespedes off of Yoervis Medina.

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.

BOX SCORE

Seattle Batting
Batters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Almonte, A, CF 4 0 1 1 1 1 4 .280
Miller, B, SS 4 0 1 1 0 0 2 .250
Cano, 2B 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .391
Smoak, 1B 3 0 1 1 1 1 0 .292
Morrison, DH 4 0 0 0 0 1 3 .154
Seager, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 1 1 .111
Ackley, LF 4 1 1 0 0 0 1 .292
Saunders, M, RF 4 1 2 0 0 0 1 .167
Zunino, C 4 0 1 0 0 2 5 .238
Totals 34 3 8 3 3 6 18

 

BATTING
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.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Almonte, A 2 (Fuld at 2nd base, Crisp at home).

Oakland Batting
Batters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Crisp, CF 3 1 0 0 1 1 2 .267
Donaldson, 3B 4 1 1 1 0 0 2 .115
Lowrie, SS 1 1 1 1 2 0 0 .316
Moss, DH 4 1 1 3 0 1 4 .333
Cespedes, LF 3 1 1 1 1 1 1 .217
Jaso, C 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .214
  Norris, D, C 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .375
Fuld, RF 4 0 1 0 0 0 1 .308
Barton, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 2 1 .071
Sogard, 2B 3 1 3 0 0 0 0 .300
Totals 30 6 9 6 4 6 11

 

BATTING
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.
SF: Lowrie.
Team RISP: 2-for-5.
Team LOB: 5.

BASERUNNING
SB: Sogard (1, 2nd base off Ramirez, Er/Zunino).
CS: Cespedes (1, 3rd base by Ramirez, Er/Zunino).

FIELDING
E: Barton (1, fielding).
Outfield assists: Fuld (Almonte, A at 3rd base).
DP: (Sogard-Barton).

Seattle Pitching
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ramirez, Er (L, 1-1) 4.0 7 5 5 3 1 1 5.73
Young, Cr 2.0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0.00
Leone 1.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Medina 1.0 1 1 1 0 2 1 3.38
Oakland Pitching
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
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.
T: 2:57.
Att: 32,852.
Venue: O.co Coliseum.
April 6, 2014

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  • maqman

    Well it was never going to be easy was it. They have done well in holding the fort until Kuma and Taijuan are ready lend a hand and arm. Seager is the guy I’m concerned about at this point, he’s not hitting and hasn’t been since last season’s All-Star break. He hit .211 after the break to the end of the season, .192 this spring training and only .111 so far this season. That’s a pretty bad run. It’s early days but DJ Peterson is OPSing 1.286 at High Desert, they might want to move him up to AA and challenge him. If Seager doesn’t get out of his prolonged slump they may need him sooner than expected, although they could probably play Romero at 3B if they need to.

    • Dan Hughes

      That’s a good point. Romero could be a nice stop gap at 3B. They also have Bloomquist. Seager may benefit from a wake-up call trip back to Tacoma, kind of like what happened to Ackley last season.

      Think about this too. What about bringing Nick Franklin back up to play 3B. Just a thought. The transition from SS (which despite playing 2B last year, SS is his natural position) to 3B can be made. ie. Cal Ripken, Chipper Jones, A-Rod, etc.