May 10, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Seattle Mariners center fielder Dustin Ackley (13) hits an RBI double in the fourth inning scoring two runs against the Oakland Athletics at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Jennifer Buchanan-USA TODAY Sports
The AckAttack is Heating Up
The Mariners were very economical today, plating 4 runs on just 5 hits. Dustin Ackley had the most important hit of the game when he scored Nelson Cruz and Kyle Seager on a double with 2 out in the 4th inning. Ackley sliced a line drive that split the left and center fielder perfectly. The AckAttack’s double was the turning point today, and Seattle never looked back.
Today’s impressive showing marks the 3rd consecutive game Ackley has tallied a hit. He entered the 3-game series with the A’s hitting .182, and he exits the weekend hitting .192. Obviously, he is still struggling, but he has been known as a streaky hitter throughout his career and this weekend may have been the beginning of a hot streak for the 27-year-old.
Ackley has also done a nice job handling the center field duties with Austin Jackson currently on the 15-day disabled list. He is far from a gold glove center fielder, but he has held his own defensively.
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