Mariners vs. A’s 4/17 Game Thread

(update 10:05 p.m.) Just got back up from the clubhouse after the Mariners defeated the A’s 8-1 behind 7 innings of solid pitching by Carlos Silva who improves to 3-0 on the season.

Manager John MacLaren talked a lot about how Silva is just as important to the rotation as Hernandez and Bedard and although everyone’s just been talking about the latter two, Silva has been outstanding as well for them. Also said that Silva could’ve easily went eight with his pitch count but that the team is suddenly in a situation where they are struggling to get their relievers some work so they opted to get Rowland-Smith and Brandon Morrow in the game with the seven run lead.

Silva after the game talked about wanting to follow Felix’s lead with a solid start himself.

“It’s contagious. Of course you’re not going to have the stuff that he’s [Felix] got.. He pitched very good last night but I just want to try my best to match that.”

Also said that he was able to go eight easy but has no problem with the team’s decision.

“I do whatever they want me to do…I’m fine.”

“So far I’ve been getting the ground balls when I need them. That’s been huge for me.”

The Mariners got their first sweep of the season with the 8-1 victory and really seem to be forming a formidable front-end of the rotation combination with Felix Hernandez and Carlos Silva. Everyone thought that would be the case — at least could be — but with Erik Bedard being the second name, not Silva. When Bedard comes back (and he looks to be moving around just fine in the clubhouse) hopefully with no lingering effects and regains the form he has shown to be capable of, that 1-2-3 combo will be lethal.

Alright, well it’s late and I have a nice 2.5 hr drive back to Ukiah ahead of me. See you all later, have a good one.

(update 9:03 p.m.) Mariners clinging to their 6-1 lead here in Oakland in front of a capacity crowd… First person to correctly identify the error(s) in that sentence wins a ….. shiny sticker. OK, I’ll let the suspense whither and come out and tell you: the M’s aren’t “clinging” to anything except perhaps their suddenly terrific starting pitching and unless the MacAfee Coliseum holds just over 10 grand (10,164 to be exact), the only thing at capacity is perhaps Carlos Silva’s pants…

Anyways, M’s up 6-1 here in the top of the eighth. No outs and Bloomquist standing on first with a stroll to first.

Mariners going for the sweep here in Oakland as Carlos Silva has his team ahead 5-1 in the bottom of the fifth. The M’s got after Oakland starter Lenny Dinardo in the top half of the third by putting six consecutive batters on base thru walk or single after Ichiro grounded out to lead off the inning. Dinardo couldn’t seem to find the strikezone and paid for it harshly by being tagged for five runs and heading off to the showers after being lifted having completed just 2 1/3 innings.

The pregame news on the home front was Richie Sexson out of the lineup and day-to-day with shoulder soreness. The early word is that he won’t start Friday in Anaheim either. Brad Wilkerson was also held out of Thursday’s lineup as he has been struggling mightily so far this season, batting just .135.

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