Live Game Thread for Mariners vs Athletics on 5/24 - Mariners win 6-1
Trying something new here. We are at the game, so doing a live game thread that we will be updating as the game goes on.
Mariners started off nice, with JP hitting yet another ball hard, this one at 102.4. A massive increase over last season and his hard hit rate is up 8.4% and his average exit velo is up 4.5. Julio pulled a slider through the infield, but Geno GIDP and Kelenic flew out on a nice sliding grab by JJ Bleday.
Mariners get to Waldichuk (Pruitt opened) with three soft hits all under 80 mph, but can't score. That's five hits in 2 innings and no runs. Estuery Ruiz is just so fast. Beats out a grounder to prevent the double play and keep the inning going, then cruises into second on no throw, cause it wouldn't have been close. On pace to break 80 steals.
Mariners just look bad in the 3rd, as Waldichuk K's the side
They finally get to Oakland in the 5th, with some balls that were absolutely roped. 105 by Raleigh, 105.9 by Pollock, and 108.2 on Haggerty's double that drove in 2. Crawford followed it up with a nice liner to center, and then Julio ripped one (102.2) through the open second base gap, and all of a sudden it was 4-0 Mariners. Dumper walks with the bases loaded, but a Teo saw-off leaves them stranded and it's 5-0.
A walk to Cabby, and Pollock hustles out a grounder to avoid the double play. Pollock would've stolen second, as he took off on a full count, but Haggs worked a walk so the play was null, and he got the base regardless. The Mariners threaten, but JP and Julio go down swinging and the Mariners head to the 6th inning.
Brash continues to have wierd and awful luck. A play that Wong could possibly make, a hit, and then a play that Cabby should've made at third but didn't and runners are on second and third with one run in... instead of likely being out of the inning.
A grounder to Brash, and they get Jace Peterson out in a rundown between third and home for the second out. Ruiz pops out to Haggerty at first, and the Mariners get out of the inning.
Hey, a Teo sighting! He hits a bomb to left-center for a solo homer to make it 6-1. Trammell tries as well, but gets under it a tad with a launch angle of 38, and misses a homer by 10 feet.
A wonderful swipe tag by Haggerty saves a poor throw from Cabby, and he gets the tag down on Noda's back for the first out of the 8th inning. Speier goes quick with just 11 pitches to run through the 8th. A quiet bottom of the inning would lead way to Taylor Saucedo coming in to finish out the game. It wasn't quick, as Rooker had a single, Laureano struck out, and Perez dropped a single just in front of Julio, but a double play would end it with a 6-1 win!
(Bryce) Miller Report
Touching 97 mph in the first, breaking stuff, and change working well. Miller is good through 2.1, then gives up a single off Crawfords glove that would've been a tough play, then walks Kemp on four straight pitches. comes back just fine, getting out of the inning on a close play at first to get Noda.
Come back out and Haggerty wins a footrace to first to get the out to start the 4th. Langoliers makes him work, throwing 10 pitches before a pop out. Let's see how Miller does after that really long 4th inning for the Mariners. Well, that was quick. Miller throws just 9 pitches, and it's 1-2-3.
For some reason, Miller struggles to throw to Kemp. I count 7 straight balls to him across 2 ABs. but he comes back from 3-0 to get him to ground out after a full count. Then a weird HBP on a held check swing from Ruiz is followed by a check swing flare single to left, and the Athletics have runners on with just one out. a fly ball and a K get Miller out of the inning, and that's six scoreless where he once again allows 4 or fewer runners. He's thrown 90 pitches and is now done.