No, keep your fingers down. And it would be nice if all Seattle Mariners interviews were just little less grumpy. But hitting? The Mariners could do worse - in fact, they have done worse - than following Milton Bradley's example.
Through nine games, Seattle has four home runs. Rob Johnson and Casey Kotchman each had solo home runs. Bradley has two homers - one good for two runs, the other for three.
Two swings, five RBI? This early in the season, with the entire team finding its way, that's production. Seattle's designated hitter, for instance, is batting .129 and has produced one RBI in nine games.
Kotchman leads the team with six RBI, but isn't in tonight's lineup - Matt Tuiasosopo is. Bradley is No. 2 on the team with five RBI, and he's the DH tonight.
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No other Mariner has more than two RBI.
Runs remain a challenge for the Mariners, which means Jason Vargas needs to keep Oakland's offense in check
- Vargas doesn't have a strikeout pitch, so when he gets to a two-strike count he's still trying to get the hitter to put the ball in play. With Daric Barton aboard and a 3-2 count, Vargas struck out Kurt Suzuki on an 80 mph changeup - and catcher Adam Moore threw Barton out trying to steal.
- Gio Gonzalez required 13 pitches to put the Mariners down in order. He hit 96 mph, had a nasty slide and it could be another of those nights.
- Kevin Kouzmanoff singled. Jake Fox hit a dead-center fastball over the wall in center field. In the second inning, Oakland 2, Seattle 0.
- Jose Lopez doubled, but Gonzalez grabbed Bradley's bouncer and caught Lopez in a run down, leaving Bradley at first base. Eric Byrnes walked. Tuiasosopo flied out. Adam Moore singled, but second baseman Adam Rosales caught Bradley too far off third. Another run down, another out. Mariners now can't even stay on the bases. After two: Oakland 2, Seattle 0.
- Vargas is grinding and gave up two more hits in the fourth inning, but kept Oakland from scoring. He's thrown 67 pitches and that probably means two more innings, max.
- Tonight's crowd - 15,978 - is the second lowest ever to attend a Mariners game in Safeco Field.
- After a Lopez walk, Tuiasosopo's two-out single got a runner to third base for Moore. On a hit-and-run play - yes, Don Wakamatsu had Tui running - Moore tapped out to second base. After four: Oakland 2, Seattle 0.
- One out excuse-me single for Ichiro and walks to Figggins and Franklin Gutierrez load 'em up. Lopez popped out. Bradley singled home two runs to tie it up, shattering his bat on a line drive into left field. In the fifth: Seattle 2, Oakland 2.
- Moore's second hit of the game was followed by Wilson's bunt, getting the go-ahead run to second. Ichiro struck out chasing a pitch low and inside. Figgins took six pitches and walked. Gutierrez broke his bat on a single into left field - ala Bradley - and scored Moore. Lopez went the other way, singled into right field, and Figgins scored. After six innings: Seattle 4, Oakland 2.
- Vargas is out - six innings, two runs, no walks, six strikeouts - and Brandon League is on in relief for Seattle. League got six outs, walking one man, in getting that 4-2 lead through the eighth inning.
- It's the ninth inning - David Aardsma time. Aardsma converted, and is now 4-for-4 in save opportunities. That works. It's a final: Seattle 4, Oakland 2.