Mariners Take Opener From Oakland, Back at .500


May 5, 2014; Oakland, CA, USA; Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Chris Young (53) throws to the Oakland Athletics in the first inning of their baseball game at Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Lance Iversen-USA TODAY Sports

It’s a new season. The Seattle Mariners have clawed their way back to an even record (15-15) and are just three games back of 1st place as they took the opener of a four-game series in Oakland 4-2.

The Mariners were last at or above .500 on April 16th when they were 7-7. They are 5-1 on their current road trip.

The new-look top of the order continued to produce as Michael Saunders and Stefen Romero went a combined 4-for-5 with three runs scored.

Chris Young looked sharp again, going 6 IP allowing only three hits and two runs while walking two. His only big mistake was a two-run homer off the bat of Brandon Moss in the 4th inning.

In a shocking turn of events, the bullpen was spectacular. As Charlie Furbush, Dominic Leone, Joe Beimel and Yoervis Medina combined for two innings of near-perfect relief, allowing just one hit and one walk.

Fernando Rodney came in and pitched a perfect 9th to get his 8th save.

The highlight of the game came in the top of the 5th with the score knotted at 2-2. Stefen Romero stepped up and hit a bomb to left, for his first Major League homer. That gave the Mariners the lead, which they held. So Romero is the Player of the Game. Check out the video below.

The series continues tomorrow as Roenis Elias takes the mound for the Mariners. Jesse Chavez gets the start for the Athletics.


Seattle Batting

Saunders, M, CF-LF-RF5120001.274
Romero, S, RF-LF5221010.255
Cano, 2B4010012.292
Hart, DH3011000.227
Seager, 3B4001013.219
Gillespie, LF3110011.200
   a- Jones, J, PH-CF1000000.500
Smoak, 1B3010101.243
Miller, B, SS3011112.192
Zunino, C4000002.253

a-Grounded out for Gillespie in the 8th.

2B: Smoak (8, Cook).
HR: Romero, S (1, 5th inning off Kazmir, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Cano; Romero, S 5; Gillespie; Smoak 2; Hart; Saunders, M 2; Miller, B.
RBI: Hart (11), Seager (17), Romero, S (3), Miller, B (9).
2-out RBI: Romero, S.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Gillespie; Saunders, M; Seager; Miller, B.
Team RISP: 2-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.

SB: Miller, B 2 (2, 2nd base off Kazmir/Jaso, 3rd base off Kazmir/Jaso).

DP: 2 (Cano-Miller, B-Smoak, Miller, B-Cano-Smoak).

Oakland Batting

Crisp, CF4010000.247
Lowrie, SS4110001.278
Donaldson, 3B4010011.276
Moss, LF-RF3112120.263
Callaspo, DH3000102.243
Jaso, C2000001.254
   a- Norris, D, PH-C0000100.371
Gentry, RF2000000.298
   b- Reddick, PH0000000.215
   c- Cespedes, PH-LF1000002.257
Barton, 1B3000000.137
Sogard, 2B2000000.194
   d- Punto, PH-2B1000000.200

a-Walked for Jaso in the 7th. b-Batted for Gentry in the 7th. c-Popped out for Reddick in the 7th. d-Grounded out for Sogard in the 8th.

HR: Moss (5, 4th inning off Young, Cr, 1 on, 2 out).
TB: Donaldson; Moss 4; Lowrie; Crisp.
RBI: Moss 2 (24).
2-out RBI: Moss 2.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Cespedes.
GIDP: Jaso, Callaspo.
Team RISP: 1-for-3.
Team LOB: 3.

Outfield assists: Moss (Zunino at 3rd base).

Seattle Pitching

Young, Cr (W, 2-0)6.03222213.03
Furbush (H, 7)0.20000007.20
Beimel (H, 5)1.01000003.00
Medina (H, 7)0.10000004.50
Rodney (S, 8)1.00000102.84

Oakland Pitching

Kazmir (L, 4-1)6.08442312.64

  Young, Cr pitched to 2 batters in the 7th.
Leone pitched to 1 batter in the 7th.

WP: Kazmir.
HBP: Hart (by Kazmir).
Pitches-strikes: Young, Cr 82-57, Furbush 4-2, Leone 6-2, Beimel 12-7, Medina 3-2, Rodney 9-8, Kazmir 99-60, Abad 12-8, Cook 22-14.
Groundouts-flyouts: Young, Cr 6-6, Furbush 1-0, Leone 0-0, Beimel 2-0, Medina 0-1, Rodney 2-0, Kazmir 7-4, Abad 1-1, Cook 3-0.
Batters faced: Young, Cr 22, Furbush 1, Leone 1, Beimel 4, Medina 1, Rodney 3, Kazmir 28, Abad 3, Cook 7.
Inherited runners-scored: Furbush 2-0, Leone 1-0, Beimel 2-0, Medina 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Ron Kulpa. 1B: Ed Hickox. 2B: Lance Barrett. 3B: Dana DeMuth.
Weather: 59 degrees, clear.
Wind: 24 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:36.
Att: 11,019.
Venue: Coliseum.
May 5, 2014

Seattle Batting

Oakland Batting

Seattle Pitching

Oakland Pitching