Shockingly no offense. Bud don't be surprised if runs are tough to come by for the M's tonight. Not because of their perceived ineptitude but because A's starter Brett Anderson is pretty good young pitcher.
For those of you that think I'm a Rob Johnson apologist because he's from Montana and I'm from Montana, well, I'm unbiased enough to say, that he should have caught that third strike on Adam Rosales. That it shouldn't have been called a wild pitch, but a passed ball and it is unnacceptable.
The Mariners get a lead-off single from Jose Lopez, two long fly outs from Bradley and Sweeney, an infield single from Casey Kotchman, who is not exactly a speedburner. But Johnson strikes out on appeal of a check swing at first base.
One thing to monitor is Doug Fister's pitch count. In his last start, it was ridiculously high early. Manager Don Wakamatsu has streessed pitch economy, and Fister needs to do that. After a 1-2-3 inning in the top of the 3rd, he's at 37 pitches with 24 strikes ... not a bad pace.
Chone Figgins hits the hardest ball I've seen a Mariner hit in two days - a line drive comebacker that Anderson can't make a play on out of fear. But of course, he is stranded. The M's do have three hits though.
Not a bad inning for Fister, who gives up a lead-off single to Sweeney and then immediately erases it by getting Kevin Kouzmanoff to ground into a 5-4-3 double play. Lopez had a nice lead throw and Figgins with a nice turn on the play. Fister gives up another hit, but gets out of the inning on a soft ground out. He's at 52 pitches with 35 strikes
The Mariners get a lead off single from Lopez, followed by a flyout from Sweeney (this isn't the thin Arizona air) and double by Bradley. Seattle has runners on first and second with one out, but Kotchman can't get him in. Anderson overpowered him with two fastballs on the inner half, including a 2-0 fastball and then got him with a backdoor breaking ball. Johnson then strikes out to end the inning.
Fister shows a little moxie as Jose Lopez's throwing error on Adam Rosales' ground ball, puts the lead off man at second. the A's play small ball and move Rosales to third on a Travis Buck bunt. But the runner stays there as Cliff Pennington flies out to shallow left. But it wasn't deep enough for Rosales to tag. And Bradley fires a seed to home on it. Fister then got Rajai Davis to ground out to end the inning. He's at 59 pitches after the fifth.
The Mariners get a two-out double from Chone Figgins and then Pennington boots a grounder from Gutierrez. So with runners on first and second and two out, Lopez, who has two hits in the game, strikes out.
That makes 18 straight innings without scoring and one run in their last 26 innings.
Fister with a 1-2-3 inning ... this is a solid performance and there's a good chance he won't figure in the decision cause the M's can't score one run. Fister is at 73 pitches.
A lead-off walk is erased from Mike Sweeney is erased by a Milton Bradley 4-6-3 DP, but Casey Kotchman draws a walk, moves to second on a wild pitch and Johnson is hit by a pitch. Bringing up Jack Wilson, who looks a lot like Steve-O from "Jackass" and he grounds into a fielder's choice.
That's 19 straight scoreless innings.
Fister works another 1-2-3 inning .. now at 89 pitches
The Mariners get a one-out double from Figgins and the A's go to Brad Ziegler to face Gutierrez. But Figgins gives a perfect example of a player trying too hard by trying to take third on a ball out of the zone that Kurt Suzuki still caught but fell over. He threw out Figgins by two steps and the rally was basically dead after that.