Randy Johnson threw out the first pitch, Dan Wilson caught it, then Ken Griffey Jr., Edgar Martinez and Jay Buhner joined them in the infield - now that's a lot of good memories.Thrown back to reality, Ryan Rowland-Smith worked a 1-2-3 inning againsst Oakland and the Seattle Mariners have officially opened their home season.
Now, can they score enough runs to win? Stay tuned.
- Rowland-Smith has retired nine consecutive Athletics, two on marvelous defensive plays by Chone Figgins, then Casey Kotchman. The Mariners offense is ... a walk to Milton Bradley.
- Oakland gets the first threat handed to them: back-to-back walks to open the fourth inning, after which Rajai Davis stole third base. Rowland-Smith walked Ryan Sweeney to load 'em up. Kevin Kouzmanoff got the run home with a fly ball, and a double play ended the inning. No hits, but one run. Oakland 1, Seattle 0.
- First hit of the game goes to the Mariners - Franklin Gutierrez doubled to left-center field, runing his hitting streak to 13 games, matching his career high. Jose Lopez grounded out, Gutierrez to third. Griffey Jr. struck out on a breaking pitch down. Bradley grounded out. After four: Oakland 1, Seattle 0.
- Weird game. Through five innings, Oakland doesn't have a hit but has four walks and a run. Seattle has one hit, one walk and one hit batter. Welcome to the American League West.
- Oakland's first hit was a solo home run to the No. 9 hitter, Cliff Pennington. On an 0-2 count, Rowland-Smith tried to come up and in and only came up and over the inner half - one of the few pitches Pennington could hammer. In the sixth: Oakland 2, Seattle 0.
- Seventh inning threat: Kouzmanoff doubled, Kurt Suzuki walked. Oakland bunted both men over. Game-on-the-line situation, Rowland-Smith gets an infield pop out, but on his 90th pitch gives up a two-run single to Greg Gross. Oakland 4, Seattle 0.
- Starting the eighth inning: Shawn Kelley pitching for Seattle.
- So close. Ichiro Suzuki hit a ball out to right field that just hooked foul at the pole - as close as Seattle has come to a run today.
- Closer Andrew Bailey on for Oakland, and the Mariners go quietly, losing a game in which they get two - count 'em, two! - hits. It's a final: Oakland 4, Seattle 0.