Wednesday, April 20, 2005

M's Beat Oakland 7-6

Nice win for the Mairners who score 7 runs on only two scoring plays. Boonie hits a Grand Salami in the 1st (bat flip!) and of all people, Greg Dobbs hits a three run double in the 7th.

A's starter Barry Zito really had trouble finding the plate in the biig first inning. Two walks in the inning, a single to Beltre on a 3-0 pitch and then the salami to Boone on a 3-1 pitch. This is true of all pitchers, but Zito especially: Ahead in the count, good. Behind in the count, bad.

Beltre makes a rare error in the top of the second that contributes to the A's 3 run inning. He gets caught in between hops, then tries to rush and barehand it. Inexplicably it is scored a base-hit. Beltre makes a mental error in misjduging the ball and then a physical error when it bounces off his bare hand. It was not particularly well hit. Its a hit how exactly?

In the 6th with Hatteberg at second , Willie Bloomquist, starting in centerfield, plays a shallow single on a hop off of his chest, Hatteberg scores easily. In the infield it's a good idea to knock the ball down and keep it in front of you, not as helpful in the outfield. Hard to tell from TV if he would have had a shot at the runner, but after bouncing it off himself he had. No. Shot. But the M's announcers tell you all the time he might be the best CF on the team!

Piniero exits after seven in a tie game, but the M's tally three off of rookie Huston Street. Jeff Nelson gives a run back (and it culd have been worse) and Everyday-I-like-to-make-exciting-Eddie, manges to get three outs after a long homer to Erubiel Durazo.

M's win! M's win! M's win!


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