Pratt's Instant Replay: Mariners 7, A's 1

Pratt's Instant Replay: Mariners 7, A's 1
April 2, 2013, 9:30 pm
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Jarrod Parker's final stat line: 5 IP, 4 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, K, LOSS (AP)

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OAKLAND -- Before the game, A's manager Bob Melvin joked that his pen was shaking as he penned in the exact same lineup as Opening Night. After his offense was held to three hits on consecutive nights, there will be some changes on Wednesday.

The A's have scored one run in their first two games and have dropped their second game in a row, with a 7-1 loss to the Mariners.

"What did we get three hits today? That's not going to win you many games," Melvin said. "Then when you walk seven or eight or whatever it was, that's not a great recipe to win a game. It was a bad game for us today."

Oakland will face a left-handed pitcher in their third game of the season, allowing some of the right-handed hitters to get into the lineup.

At the Plate

The Oakland Athletics hadn't scored a run since their walk-off win in Game Four of the American League Division Series. The streak of 19 scoreless innings dating back to last season ended when Yoenis Cespedes drove a line drive over the wall in center field.

Entering Tuesday, Cespedes was 2 for 4 with a double and a home run against Hisashi Iwakuma. The line drive homer didn't get to the Japanese starting pitcher. He retired 15 of the next 16 batters he faced, including a stretch of nine A's batters in a row.

The A's made some solid contact, but in the cool heavy air at the Oakland Coliseum, the balls stopped at the warning track. Jed Lowrie hit a ball that was caught at the wall in center field, and Eric Sogard hit one in the sixth that stopped short of the fence in right center.

Starting Pitching Report

Jarrod Parker lasted just five innings in his first start of the season. He threw 95 pitches and gave up four runs on five hits and three walks. It was the first time he struck out just one batter in a start since his Major League debut with the Diamondbacks on September 27, 2011.

"I never really settled in, never really got comfortable and didn't have anything to go to tonight," Parker said. "I'm not going to be very successful when that happens from the get-go."

Parker got off to a rough start when he allowed back-to-back singles to start the game. He was able to prevent the Mariners from scoring by getting Kendrys Morales to pop out to second base and Michael Morse to ground into an inning-ending double play.

Parker had trouble with his command. He allowed back-to-back walks in the third inning before allowing a two-out three-run opposite field home run to Morse. Before the Morse homer, Parker looked like he was having trouble with his right middle finger. After the game he said the finger wasn't an issue, he just had some dirt under his fingernail that was causing some discomfort. 

"I didn't think his stuff was bad," Melvin said, "It just seemed like it got a little out of control in the third and ended up being a big inning as far as the outcome of the game." 

Parker recovered by retiring the next six batters he faced, but he gave up a double to Kyle Seager and a two-out RBI single to Morales to give the Mariners a 4-1 lead. All of the runs that Parker allowed came with two outs.

Bullpen Report

Jerry Blevins pitched for the second night in a row. He started the sixth inning and gave up a leadoff walk to Raul Ibanez. The lanky lefty recovered by striking out Justin Smoak. Pat Neshek relieved Blevins and allowed a single before retiring the next two Mariners hitters to escape the jam.

Ryan Cook started the seventh inning and worked himself into a jam. After he retired Michael Saunders, he walked the next two batters and hit Morse with a pitch to load the bases. Cook got the second out by inducing a shallow pop up off the bat of Ibanez, but he walked Smoak with the bases loaded to give the Mariners a 5-1 lead.

A's manager Bob Melvin pulled Cook out of the game and summoned Evan Scribner, who got Jesus Montero to fly out to end the inning. He stayed in for the eighth inning and allowed a run on a Seager double to make it 6-1.

"He just couldn't find that happy medium as far as his release point," Melvin said. "He started throwing some change ups and sliders to try and find that release point but he just struggled a bit." 

Grant Balfour made his first appearance of the spring in the ninth inning. He allowed a leadoff homer to Morse, the second of the night for the Mariners' slugger. Next up, Franklin Gutierrez smashed a ball off the wall in left-center field. Coco Crisp crashed hard into the wall attempting to make a catch on the play.

Balfour ended up stranding Gutierrez on second base as he retired the next three hitters.

Attendance

The A's announced an attendance of 15,315.

Dot Race

Green won the dot race for the first time in 2013.

Up Next

Tommy Milone makes his season debut. The left-handed pitcher was 2-1 with a 2.64 ERA in five starts against the Mariners in 2012.

Joe Saunders, also a lefty, will take the mound for the Mariners. He was 1-1 with a 3.00 ERA against the A's in 2012. With Saunders on the mound, the A's will be able to get Chris Young in the starting lineup.

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