After tonight, there will be just three remaining games in the season. So don't be afraid to grab a coat and a blanket and head to Safeco. Believe me there are plenty of good seats still available.
The A's are starting Brett Anderson tonight. He's a pretty talented lefty that's had some ups and downs in his rookie year as expected. But I think he's going to be solid. The A's are amassing some pretty good young arms on their staff.
Doug Fister walks the first hitter of the game, but all is forgiven when he gets Rajai Davis to hit a soft grounder to first and as he's covering the bag for the double play, not only does he make the catch for the double play, but does the splits while doing so. Damn impressive.
Ichiro owns Anderson. He now has five hits in seven ABs against Anderson. Nice job by Anderson to avoid getting drilled by the busted bat of Gutierrez and turning a double play. Lopez reaches on an infield single (no that's not a typo). It was high chopper that Adam Kennedy had no play on. Lopez has now got a 10-game hitting streak going.
Fister gets in a bit of trouble allowing a single to Jack Cust to start the inning and then a two-out single to Eric Patterson, but he got Travis Buck to pop out to end the inning.
Adrian Beltre absolutely crushes the first pitch he saw from Brett Anderson deep to center for a solo bomb. It traveled an estimated 428 feet.
Third inningFister goes 1-2-3, while the Mariners get runners on first and third with two outs, but can't get anything across.
Kurt Suzuki leads off a triple with a triple to left (you mean right? right? no, it was to left).Bill Hall leaped for the ball and hit off the wall and bounced forward and Hall had to run it down at a somewhat meandering pace. Daric Barton scored Suzuki with a double. But Fister didn't allow any more runs. Mariners 1, A's 1
Random observation - THIS is why the Angels are better than the Mariners. The last celeb the Mariners had throw out the first pitch was David Cook from American Idol. I doubt Ms. Madison is MENSA member, she did date Criss Angel for a while so that shows he's not too smart, but still ... David Cook? There may be a heavy amount of sarcasm in this. I may be obsessing on this a little. But I had like three cups of coffee in the last 15 minutes.
Adam Kennedy isn't a third baseman, but he's been playing there since the Eric Chavez went on the DL, Jack Hannahan was traded to the M's and Bobby Crosby, well, just played like Bobby Crosby. Kennedy boots a ball at third and opens up the flood gates with two outs. Mike Sweeney dumps a single into center to drive in two runs and Beltre drives in another run with a single.
Random thought: Just a quick glance on wikipedia and I nominate actresses Erika Christensen and Bianca Kajlich (though she loses points for being married to a soccer player) as possible first pitch thrower outers (i may have just made that phrase up) for next season.It doesn't have to be female either. I'd settle for any of the guys from Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, they are better than David Cook.
Doug Fister keeps moseying along and getting outs. He's not dominant, but he's effective.
Brad Ziegler replaces Anderson and looks solid.
Random fact -- Tonight's attendance is 16,607, not a large crowd by any means. It also includes a group of girl scouts who seem intent on screeching wildly throughout the game.
1-2-3 for Fister, 1-2-3 for the Mariners. Fister is at 103 pitches, I think he'll be done. Mark Lowe is warming up in the pen.
Mark Lowe allows a hit, but not much else. The Mariners go down 1-2-3 against Michael Wuertz. It will be David Aardsma in the ninth.
When Jack Cust hits a ball, and that doesn't happen all the timme, it goes a long way. He just crushed an Aardsma fastball to right field and deep into the bullpen. His 25th of the season. But DA retires the next three in a row to get the save.
Mariners 4, A's 2 --- Mariners go 14-5 against Oakland this season.