Thursday, March 17, 2016 / 18 Days ’til Opening Day (April 4 at Texas Rangers)
MARINERS AT ATHLETICS RECAP
The Mariners sent 14 batters to plate in the top of the ninth and scored 8 runs on 5 hits but ended in a 11-11 tie with Oakland at Hohokam Stadium. After the Mariners had taken an 11-9 lead over Oakland, the Athletics responded with two equalizing runs in the bottom of the ninth.
The scoring started in the bottom of the first when Oakland capitalized on back-to-back two-out hits to take a 2-0 lead. After a Josh Reddick single, Danny Valencia drove a two-run home run out to center field.
Five consecutive Athletics reached base in the bottom of the second as Oakland scored three runs on doubles from Coco Crisp and Jed Lowrie to stretch the lead to 5-0. The Athletics added two runs in the bottom of the third on 2 singles, 2 walks and a sacrifice fly. After Luis Sardiñas walked to lead off the top of the fourth, Robinson Canó drove a mammoth home run – his third of the spring – to right field to cut the Athletics lead, 7-2.
The Athletics got a run back in the bottom of the fourth as Lowrie opened the inning with a double and later scored on an RBI groundout to make it 8-2 in favor of Oakland. An inning later, Rob Brantly belted his first home run in Cactus League action to once again cut Oakland’s lead to five runs, 8-3.
The Athletics added a run in the bottom of the sixth as Lowrie singled and scored on a double from Reddick for a 9-3 tally.
Seattle began a rally in the top of the ninth as Mike Zunino hit a towering triple off the batter’s eye in center field to score Braden Bishop. Nine of the next 10 Mariners batters reached base safely as Seattle took an 11-9 lead. Zunino recorded two hits in the inning and Bishop scored two runs. Oakland plated two runs in the bottom of the ninth for the final of 11-11.
In his fourth start of the spring, James Paxton gave up 7 runs on 6 hits while walking 4 in 2.0 innings pitched.Steve Cishek pitched a 1-2-3 bottom of the fifth with 1 strikeout. Blake Parker retired the Athletics in order in the bottom of the seventh.
Robinson Cano hits a 2-run home run in the top of the 4th inning.
Rob Brantly connects for a solo home run in the top of the 5th inning.
Dae-Ho Lee doubles in the top of the 6th inning.
HAPPY ST. PATRICK’S DAY
Plenty of the Irish to be seen around the ballpark today, as the Oakland A’s (wearing green) and the Mariners (wearing green) faced off. Most of the fans in attendance were similarly attired. Speaking of the Irish…
TWO HOT DOGS, PLEASE
O’Malley Strikes on St. Patrick’s Day
Mariners center fielder Shawn O’Malley celebrated St. Patrick’s Day in grand fashion today, going 2-for-2 with a double and 2 RBI – both coming in Seattle’s 8-run ninth inning at Oakland.
Read more about O’Malley in our Zoning In series here.