Apr 6, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Erasmo Ramirez (50) comes out of the game during the fifth inning against the Oakland Athletics at O.co Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Stanton-USA TODAY Sports

Seattle Mariners Fall To Oakland Athletics 3-1


One day after the Seattle Mariners jumped ahead of the Oakland A’s for first place in the American League West, the A’s took it right back as Sonny Gray stymied the Mariners bats again, this time for a 3-1 win in Seattle Saturday night.

Eerily enough, Charlie almost nailed the score with his pregame prediction this morning.

The A’s jumped on Erasmo Ramirez early as he struggled for the second consecutive start. Josh Donaldson hit a two-run homer in the first and the A’s tacked on another run in the 3rd. Ramirez was all over the map allowing six hits and three runs, walking three and striking out three in five innings.

The bullpen looked strong yet again as Dominic Leone and Joe Beimel combined for four shutout innings allowing only one hit.

But the Mariners bats just couldn’t get it going when it mattered. They collected seven hits and drew two walks but the team left eight men on base and were 0-for-10 with runners in scoring position.

The Mariners made it interesting in the 9th as back-to-back one out singles brought the winning run to the plate. But Michael Saunders struck out and John Buck grounded out to short to end the game.

The series and home stand concludes tomorrow afternoon before heading to Arlington Monday.

BOX SCORE

Oakland Batting
Batters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Crisp, CF 3 2 1 0 1 1 2 .263
   b- Gentry, PH-CF 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
Lowrie, SS 2 0 0 0 2 1 2 .242
Donaldson, 3B 4 1 1 2 0 1 4 .224
Moss, 1B 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .310
  Barton, 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .100
Cespedes, LF 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 .227
Callaspo, DH 3 0 1 0 1 0 2 .400
Jaso, C 3 0 2 0 0 0 1 .286
   a- Norris, D, PH-C 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 .273
Reddick, RF 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 .091
Sogard, 2B 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .217
Totals 32 3 7 3 5 4 18

a-Popped out for Jaso in the 8th. b-Flied out for Crisp in the 9th.

 

BATTING
2B: Callaspo (3, Ramirez, Er).
HR: Donaldson (2, 1st inning off Ramirez, Er, 1 on, 1 out).
TB: Donaldson 4; Moss; Crisp; Callaspo 2; Cespedes; Jaso 2.
RBI: Donaldson 2 (7), Moss (11).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Sogard; Callaspo; Donaldson.
GIDP: Moss.
Team RISP: 1-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.

BASERUNNING
SB: Sogard (2, 2nd base off Leone/Buck).

FIELDING
E: Gray, S (1, pickoff).

Seattle Batting
Batters AB R H RBI BB SO LOB AVG
Almonte, A, CF 4 1 1 0 0 3 2 .238
Miller, B, SS 4 0 1 0 0 1 0 .222
Cano, 2B 4 0 1 1 0 1 1 .316
Smoak, 1B 4 0 0 0 0 3 2 .237
Seager, 3B 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .133
Morrison, DH 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 .158
   a- Bloomquist, PH-DH 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 .500
Ackley, LF 4 0 2 0 0 1 2 .308
Saunders, M, RF 4 0 0 0 0 2 3 .176
Buck, C 3 0 0 0 1 0 2 .143
Totals 34 1 7 1 2 11 14

a-Singled for Morrison in the 9th.

 

BATTING
2B: Ackley (3, Gray, S).
TB: Cano; Ackley 3; Bloomquist; Almonte, A; Morrison; Miller, B.
RBI: Cano (4).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Seager 2; Ackley; Almonte, A; Buck.
Team RISP: 0-for-10.
Team LOB: 8.

FIELDING
Outfield assists: Ackley (Cespedes at 1st base).
DP: (Smoak-Seager-Smoak).

Oakland Pitching
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Gray, S (W, 2-0) 7.0 5 1 1 2 9 0 0.95
Doolittle (H, 4) 1.1 0 0 0 0 1 0 1.35
Gregerson (S, 1) 0.2 2 0 0 0 1 0 1.59
Seattle Pitching
Pitchers IP H R ER BB SO HR ERA
Ramirez, Er (L, 1-2) 5.0 6 3 3 3 3 1 5.63
Leone 2.0 1 0 0 1 1 0 0.00
Beimel 2.0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00

  Pitches-strikes: Gray, S 102-61, Doolittle 14-10, Gregerson 11-9, Ramirez, Er 94-53, Leone 44-27, Beimel 28-18.
Groundouts-flyouts: Gray, S 8-2, Doolittle 0-2, Gregerson 1-0, Ramirez, Er 5-3, Leone 3-1, Beimel 0-4.
Batters faced: Gray, S 28, Doolittle 4, Gregerson 4, Ramirez, Er 22, Leone 8, Beimel 7.
Umpires: HP: Pat Hoberg. 1B: Tom Hallion. 2B: Eric Cooper. 3B: Chris Guccione.
Weather: 59 degrees, clear.
Wind: 3 mph, L to R.
T: 3:08.
Att: 22,061.
Venue: Safeco Field.
April 12, 2014

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  • maqman

    This was not a shock and Erasmo was not blown up. The A’s are the team to beat in the AL West and it will be interesting if and when Gray comes up against Felix, Paxton, Kuma or Walker. If the M’s can stay within a reasonable proximity of first place in the division until they are all back in the rotation then I like our chances from there on. The bats have gone quite cold lately, let’s hope that is just a blip. Almonte is hitting .238, Smoak .237, Miller .222, Hart .214, Saunders .176, Morrison .158, Romero .154, Buck .143 and Seager .133. Cano .316, Ackley .308 and Zunino .281 are carrying the team. That’s not a winning lineup at the moment.

    • Dan Hughes

      No, it most certainly isn’t a winning lineup currently. But usually the pitching starts the season strong and the bats come along. We’ll see the mantra holds true or not.