Erasmo Ramirez became the eighth rookie in Seattle Mariners history to strike out 10 batters in a game tonight and lost, anyway, when the Oakland Athletics beat him with one swing, 1-0.
Seth Smith hit a second-inning solo home run and that was it for the night. Oakland had three hits, Seattle had seven - but all the Mariners hits were singles, and the team has now gone scoreless in its last 23 innings.
Athletics rookie left-hander Tommy Milone won his eighth game of the season and the Marienrs managed only one hit after the fourth inning, when Miguel Olivo killed their final rally with a double play ground ball.
“Milone hit corners all night, inside and outside,” Jesus Montero said. “I tried to stay up the middle against him, but he was tough. Then their closer came in throwing 97-98 mph. We fought all night. We fought to the end.”
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“We never put an inning together,” manager Eric Wedge said. “In a 1-0 game, that’s all you need to do, put one inning together.”
All the Mariners fans had to cheer about was Ramirez, whose third big-league start was a beauty: eight innings, three hits allowed, one walk, 10 strikeouts.
“I didn’t try to be perfect,” Ramirez said. “Before, I’d try to hit a corner. Tonight, I just pitched. I was more comfortable, I had better command of all my pitches. I was just trying to be aggressive with strikes all night.
“My changeup did most of the damage. Some nights it’s the slider, some nights the curve. You have to find which pitch is working best on that night and use it.”
It was the third 1-0 loss of the season and the ninth time Seattle has been shut out in 75 games this year. Where's the offense?
“Every night I come here feeling like we’re going to break loose at home,” Wedge said. “At one point or another, every part of our game has been good. We just haven’t yet put them all together.