Mariners 5, Athletics 3
Brendan Ryan ended one of the longest hitting slumps of his
career with a timely two-run double.
The Mariners shortstop felt even better after adding an RBI
single two innings later.
Making a rare start after interim manager Robby Thompson
shuffled his lineup due to an injury to second baseman Nick
Franklin, Ryan had two hits and drove in three runs to snap a
9-for-77 stretch, and the Seattle Mariners beat the Oakland
Athletics 5-3 on Wednesday.
”The frustration mounts … when the at-bats are limited
because you have so much time to sit and think about it,” said
Ryan, who went into the game hitting .190. ”This is the role I’ve
carved out for myself. All I can try to do is the best I can in the
opportunities I’m getting.”
Ryan struck out in his first two at-bats before doubling off
Oakland starter A.J. Griffin (10-9) with two outs in the sixth.
He hit a two-out, 0-2 pitch sharply down the third base line
that glanced off the glove of Oakland’s Josh Donaldson and
ricocheted into the A’s bullpen.
Kendrys Morales scored and Dustin Ackley barely beat the relay
throw home despite colliding with A’s catcher Stephen Vogt to put
the Mariners up 4-3. Vogt slammed the back of his head on the
ground during the play and remained down briefly before staying in
”I thought at the time I got him,” Vogt said. ”It was an
unfortunate play in our direction.”
Michael Morse and Brad Miller homered for Seattle, which
overcame an uneven start by Hisashi Iwakuma to beat the A’s for the
fourth time in the past five games between the division rivals.
Iwakuma (12-6) gave up a pair of home runs and pitched with
runners in scoring position most of the afternoon, but limited the
damage to win his second straight. The Mariners right-hander struck
out four and walked two in seven innings.
”As I got deeper into my game I was able to command my pitches
lower in the zone,” Iwakuma said. ”Even with runners on second
and third, I was able to keep the ball down and pitch effectively.
That’s part of my game and I’m able to execute with runners
Coco Crisp and Brandon Moss hit home runs for Oakland, which
fell to 15-16 since the All-Star break.
The A’s stranded three runners at third, one at second and had
another runner get thrown out at the plate. They also wasted a 3-1
lead one day after blowing a four-run lead in a 7-4 loss to the
That was enough to anger Oakland manager Bob Melvin.
”Everything that we did today is what’s wrong with us,” Melvin
said. ”We didn’t add on early, we didn’t make big pitches when we
had to, we didn’t come through in situational at-bats. Ugly, ugly
game for us and it’s been going on for a while. It comes to a point
where you just have to step up.”
Iwakuma wasn’t nearly as crisp as he was in his previous start
against Texas, but did make it hold up. He got Alberto Callaspo to
fly out with a runner at third to end the sixth, then retired two
straight to end the seventh after Oakland got runners on first and
Charlie Furbush and Yoervis Medina worked the eighth while
Dannny Farquhar struck out the side in the ninth for his ninth
Crisp homered leading off the bottom of the first and Moss hit
his 20th of the season in the fourth. Callaspo added a sacrifice
fly to give the A’s a 3-1 lead.
Seattle, which overcame a 4-0 deficit to beat Oakland 7-4 on
Tuesday, came back again.
Morse hit a towering home run off Griffin in the second and
Miller added a leadoff shot in the fifth.
After the Mariners scored twice in the sixth to take the lead,
Ryan’s RBI single off Dan Otero in the eighth made it 5-3.
Griffin struck out seven, but continued to have issues with his
control. He walked four, giving him 15 over his past three
Notes: A’s C Derek Norris was held out of the lineup after
breaking a toe in his left foot during a play at the plate in the
eighth inning of Tuesday’s 7-4 loss. The runner, Franklin, suffered
a gash that required stitches in his leg. … Mariners slugger Raul
Ibanez was given the day off. … Oakland OF Seth Smith sat out a
second straight game with an astigmatism in his eye.