Two streaks continued with the Mariners 3-1 eleven inning win over Oakland in the Tokyo Dome, inaugurating the 2012 baseball season. The M’s won their 6th straight opener and the A’s lost their 8th straight.
Though the calendar says 2012, if it were not for theTokyo Dome, the game resembled most 2011 Mariner games, that being a lack of offense and no run support for King Felix.
Dustin Ackley led off the fourth inning with the first home run of the season giving the Mariners a 1-0 lead. In the A’s half, Cliff Pennington had a lead off double and scored on two out double by the Oakland Suzuki, that being Kurt.
Brandon McCarthy pitched the first seven innings for Oakland. He was 9-9 last season, but to the M’s he is Cy Young as they only hit .171 against him. McCarthy has a hard sinker and seven of the first nine Mariner outs came on ground balls. He allowed six hits, three by Ichiro. Felix went eight innings for Seattle, giving up five hits, striking out six, all in the first five innings.
Brendan Ryan led off the 11th with a double, went to third on Figgins sacrifice, and scored on Ackley’s single, who then stole second, and scored on Ichiro’s fourth single of the game.
The middle of the Mariner lineup, Smoak, Montero, and Carp went hitless in 13 at bats. But tomorrow, as Scarlett said, is another day and the M’s are in first place.
44,227 were on hand to witness strong pitching from both teams and in Seattle, season ticket holders were at Safeco to watch the game on the big screen, or in a dining area where it was much warmer.
Just like presidential elections, Japan opens the MLB season every four years. In 2008 it was Boston and Oakland; in 2004 the New York Yankees and Tampa Bay; and in 2000 it was the Chicago Cubs and New York Mets.