Analysis: Oakland wins series versus Mariners

The Seattle Mariners home-opening series was spoiled by the visiting Oakland Athletics. The  Mariners looked like they were ready to make some noise after winning two of three games against the Angels. The Mariners strutted into Friday’s home opener with a two-game win streak and make it three in a row with a 5-3 win over the A’s. The euphoria was short-lived as the A’s won the next three games to win the series.


In the three losses against the A’s the Mariners starting pitchers started out well then ran out of gas and were let down by the bullpen. In Saturdays 3-2 10th inning loss, Yusei Kikuchi tossed  6.0 scoreless innings and tallied 9 strikeouts with one walk and left the game with a 2-0 lead. The A’s tied the game in the 7th when  Chad Pinder blasted a  two-run homer off Mariners reliever Nick Margevicius. Robbie Grossman drove in the winning run in the top of the 10th inning with an RBI double, scoring Matt Kemp

  During Sundays 3-2 loss Kendall Graveman Graveman was cruising along until the fifth inning when he walked  Tony Kemp walked and gave up a single to Semien .Graveman was replaced by Anthony Misiewicz who gave up a three-run homer to Ramon Laureano that gave the A’s a 3-1 and the win.

Justus Sheffield pitched a gem of a game for four innings then simply ran out of gas in the fourth inning. Sheffield gave up two runs and his relief Bryan Shaw was worse. Shaw gave up six runs as the A’s erupted for 8 runs on the way to the 11-1 victory and series win.



Lewis had his 10-game hitting streak snapped against the A’s Monday night when he went 0-4. He finished the streak slashing .425/.477/.650 (1.127 OPS, 17×40), with 3 home runs, 9 RBI & 4 walks. o He was the first rookie to hit safely in 10 straight team games to start a season since Tampa Bay’s Delmon Young in 2007.  Lewis leads the Major League with  17 this and the 17 hits are for 6th-most by a Mariner in the team’s first 11 games


Kyle Seager has hit safely in 8 of his 10 starts this season, has reached base safely in 9 of his 10 starts, and has reached base safely multiple times via hit or walk in 6 of his 10 starts. With runners in scoring position this season, Seager is 6-for-9 (.667) with 2 doubles, 9 RBI, and 3 walks. His  9 RBI with runners in scoring position is tied for 3rd-most in the Majors this season, while his 6 hits are 4th- most in the Majors this season Overall he is batting .316 (12×38) with 5 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 home run, 11 RBI, 1 HBP, 5 walks, 1 stolen base, a .400 on-base percentage and a .526 slugging percentage (.926 OPS) in 11 games this season.

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