May 8, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners first baseman Logan Morrison (center) celebrates his walk off home run in the 11th inning against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
The Seattle Mariners (12-17) won in dramatic fashion on Friday night thanks to Logan Morrison‘s 11th inning walk-off home run. The M’s beat the Oakland A’s (12-19) 4-3 in the series opener. Carson Smith (1-2, 1.23 ERA) pitched a pair of shutout innings to earn the win for Seattle. Dan Otero (2-2, 4.85 ERA) only threw 1 pitch, but was saddled with the loss for the A’s.
The Mariners pushed the first run across tonight against starter Sonny Gray. Kyle Seager laced a leadoff double down the right field line in the bottom of the 2nd inning. Logan Morrison has been white hot as of late, and he singled home Seager on a ground ball to left field. Morrison’s RBI single gave Seattle an early 1-0 lead.
Seattle’s lead was short-lived however, as the A’s tied the game in the top of the 3rd inning. Bespectacled second baseman Eric Sogard led off the frame with a leadoff single to right field. Taijuan Walker walked Coco Crisp to put the tying run in scoring position with none out. Walker was able to retire the following 2 hitters, but Billy Butler came through with a 2-out RBI single to right field. Butler’s single tied the game at 1.
The Athletics jumped out in front of the M’s in the top of the 5th inning. Sam Fuld is a pesky player, and he hit a 2-out single to right field to extend the inning for Oakland. Josh Reddick made the Mariners pay, homering on a line drive to center field. Reddick’s 2-run blast gave the A’s a 3-1 lead.
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It was the Mariners turn to come back in the home half of the 7th inning. Dustin Ackley provided a leadoff single, and advanced to second base on a passed ball to put himself in scoring position. Chris Taylor and Seth Smith struck out, but Brad Miller ripped an RBI double down the right field line to cut the A’s lead in half. Robinson Cano copied Miller by yanking a 2-out double of his own down the right field line to tie the game at 3.
Logan Morrison had himself quite a night on Friday against the A’s. He sent the fans home happy in the bottom of the 11th inning, depositing the first pitch he saw into the seats in center field. LoMo’s dinger was of the solo variety and gave the Mariners a 4-3 win in the series opener.
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