You get a hit. You get a hit. You get a hit, and RBI’s all around!
So went the night for the A’s lineup en rout of the Mariners in the opening game of the weekend series, winning 12-0.
The A’s jumped on Seattle starting pitcher Taijuan Walker quickly in the first inning, making it 3-0. They added a pair of runs in the second inning to push the score to 5-0 and then jumped all over Seattle with a six-run fourth inning to push the score to an insurmountable 11-0 with the game roughly only half over.
Ben Zobrist kicked off the A’s scoring in the first inning with an RBI double to bring home Mark Canha. Ike Davis followed up with a single to bring home Zobrist, and Stephen Vogt rounded out the first inning scoring with an RBI single bringing home Davis.
In the bottom of the second Canha launched his first Major League home run to bring home Sam Fuld.
Oakland batted around in the fourth inning, scoring runs on RBI singles from Sam Fuld and Billy Butler before Davis doubled in Canha and Zobrist. Marcus Semien singled and advanced on an error by the right fielder, allowing Butler and Davis to score. Just like that, 11-0 Athletics.
By that point of the game, every batter in the lineup with the exception of Brett Lawrie and Eric Sogard had collected both at least one hit and one RBI.
Walker lasted just three and a third innings, allowing nine earned runs on nine hits and two walks before turning the ball over to the Seattle bullpen.
Meanwhile, through the first six frames, Oakland starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz had allowed only one hit. Thanks to a double play following the only hit to Austin Jackson, Pomeranz had faced the minimum. Although he would allow Jackson to single for the second time of the game in the seventh inning, he escaped the inning with no further damage and his shutout still in tact.
Pomeranz handed the ball over to Fernando Abad in the top of the eighth inning. The final line for Pomeranz was seven innings pitched, no runs, two hits and six strikeouts on 92 pitches.
Thanks to the defensive play of the night, a glove-hand flip from the dirt after diving to stop a ball up the middle by Sogard, Abad escaped an eighth inning threat with the shutout preserved.
With the game out of reach, the A’s decided to have Tyler Ladendorf pinch hit for Zobrist in the eighth inning and he promptlhy contributed a single up the middle. Cody Ross pinch hit for Butler and drew a walk. Davis followed with his third hit of the night, a RBI double to bring home Ladendorf and push the score to 12-0.
R.J. Alvarez got the call to pitch the ninth inning and completed the shutout.
Fuld (3-for-5, 1 RBI), Canha (3-for-5, 2 RBI), Zobrist (2-for-3, 1 RBI), Davis (3-for-5, 4 RBI) and Semien (2-for-5, 2 RBI) all had multi-hit games for Oakland. Vogt and Butler each contributed a hit and a RBI to the final tallies.
The A’s will try to break their feast-or-famine scoring pattern tomorrow afternoon against the Mariners when they face J.A. Happ at 1:05 PM. Sonny Gray will make his second start for the A’s.
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