Coming in, the Mariners had gone two games - 19 innings! - without collecting more than one hit in an inning.
So they came out swinging against Oakland's Justin Duchscherer tonight and scored twice in the first inning on ... well, on one hit, Milton Bradley's two-run homer followed a walk to Casey Kotchman.That's a 2-o lead for Ryan Rowland-Smith, and one more run than the Mariners got last night.
- Rajai Davis stole second and took third on Rob Johnson's throwing error, and when Bradley made a diving catch of a Ryan Sweeney fly ball, Davis raced home. Should he have let it drop? When you an get an out, take it. Seattle 2, Oakland 1.
- Still in the first, Rowland-Smith has labored, giving up a two-out double, hitting Kurt Suzuki and throwing 26 pitiches. Not the way he wanted to start a game after getting that lead. Remarkably, he's still up by one.
- Don Wakamatsu's not waiting for the big rally. With Jose Lopez at first base, one out and Rob Johnson at the plate, he sent Lopez, who stole his first base of the year. Runner in scoring position, one out. Johnson struck out. Jack Wilson struck out.
- Leading off the third inning, Davis hooks a 2-2 curve down the left field line, tucking just inside the foul pole for his first home run. Tie game at 2-2.
- Daric Barton opened the fourth with a single and, one out later, Travis Buck doubled to right. When Ichiro fumbled the ball into foul territory - his first error of the season - Barton scored all the way from first. That's an unearned run, and Rowland-Smith has thrown 76 pitches in four innings. The bullpen is going to have to work again tonight. Oakland 3, Seattle 2.
- Franklin Gutierrez singled, Seattle's third hit, to start the fifth inning. A wild pitch put him at second base with no one out. Johnson struck out. Wilson singled Gutierrez home with the second hit of the inning. That's the first two-hit inning in 24 this season, but it ties it a 3-3.
- Still in the fifth, Ichiro signled Wilson to third base and the Athletics had an all-infield meeting at the mound. Duchscherer then tried to pick Ichiro off, without success. A Figgins fly to let scored Wilson. Seattle 4, Oakland 3.
- Rowland-Smith is on fumes, having loaded the bases with one out in the fifth inning - two singles and a walk - and Barton's long sacrifice fly to left field was run down by Bradley but got the tying run home. With his 96th pitch, Rowland-Smith got a ground ball out. He's done after five innings. Seattle 4, Oakland 4.
- Two outs into the sixth, no one on, Lopez singled and went to second on a wild pitch. Gutierrez singled up the middle to get him home. Seattle 5, Oakland 4 - and if it stands, Rowland-Smith will be the winner.
- Now pitching, to the horror of sabermetricians everywhere, Sean White.
- In the seventh inning, Brandon League in to protect that one-run lead. A two-out double by Kurt Suzuki tied it at 5.
- Lopez singled with two out in the eighth inning, his third hit of the night, Seattle's eighth. Gutierrez grounded sharply down the left field line, but third baseman Kevin Kouzmanoff made a sprawling stop and strong throw to rob him of a double. Seattle 5, Oakland 5.
- League back for the eighth, got pinch-hitter Eric Chavez on a grounder, then gave up back-to-backs singles to the No. 8 and No. 9 hitters in Oakland's lineup. When Davis grounded sharply to Lopez, the third baseman dropped the ball, then stepped on the bag for one out instead of getting two. Wakamatsu brought Mark Lowe in to face Mark Ellis. Both runners advanced on Johnson's passed ball. Ellis struck out, looking. Still tied at 5.
- Two outs into the ninth inning, Ichiro drew a four-pitch walk. Would he run in a tie game to put himself in scoring position? No. Figgins lined out. If the Mariners are to win this one, they'll have to get the game to extra innings first.
- Oakland gets leadoff single from Sweeney in the bottom of the ninth inning. Kouzmanoff bunted, but Lowe threw Sweeney out at second base. Suzuki doubled off the wall in left, driving home the game winner.
- Oakland 6, Seattle 5.