Yes, four is the magic number for the Seattle Mariners this year. Score four runs or more, this team is 35-17. The problem is all those games in which they score three runs or less, and there have been 86 of those.
In them, the Mariners are 19-67.
The problem lately is, well, the usual. The Mariners have now scored three runs or less in 11 consecutive games, one short of the team record set in 1988. Tonight, it's the usual lineup with one exception - right-handed hitting Matt Tuiasosopo is in left field against lefty Dallas Braden.
Sooner or later, if by accident if nothing else, the Mariners will score four runs or more. Doug Fister wouldn't mind a bit if it happened on his watch tonight.
- Dallas Braden, who pitched a perfect game earlier this season, had a perfect first ininng against Seattle. This could get ugly.
- Fister got out of a one-out, bases-loaded jam by getting Mark Ellis to tap into a double play.
- Franklin Gutierrez walked and Jose Lopez singled him to second base. Casey Kotchman singled, Gutierrez scoring. Lopez and Kotchman moved up a base when shortstop Cliff Pennington threw wildly on a relay. Lopez scored on Adam Moore's fly ball. Matt Tuiasosopo beat out an infield single, Wilson blooped a single into center, Kotchman scoring. Ichiro's 180th hit of the sason drove in Tuiasosopo. Chone Figgins singled, loading 'em up. Russell Branyan blooped a single, scoring Wilson. In the second: Seattle 5, Oakland 0.
- Moore homered, his fourth. In the third: Seattle 6, Oakland 0.
- Before the bottom of the third inning, Michael Saunders replaced Gutierrez in center field. Word from the clubhouse: Guti was hyper-ventilating.
- Fister walked Oakland's No. 9 hitter, Pennington, and Rajai Davis singled. Daric Baton fouled out. Kurt Suzuki singled home both runners. In the fifth: Seattle 6, Oakland 2.
- After pitching five innings to qualify for his fifth win, Fister was replaced by lefty Garrett Olson.
- Saunders walked and Lopez singled him to third. Kotchman flied out, Saunders scoring. In the seventh: Seattle 7, Oakland 2.
- Ichiro led off the eighth inning with his 181st hit.
- Bottom of the eighth, Jamie Wright replaces Olson.
- Bottom of the ninth, Brandon League replaced Wright. With two outs, League hit Cust. Ellis was given an infield single - and Wilson an error - on a ground ball that left runners at second and third base. Pinch hitter Coco Crisp singled home both runners. Jeremy Hermida singled. League walked Steve Tolleson on a wild pitch, one run scoring. David Aardsma replaced League. It's a final: Seattle 7, Oakland 5.