Another Cespedes blast not enough
Once again, the Oakland Athletics spotted the Seattle Mariners too big of a lead to overcome, this time falling behind 7-0 before a furious rally falls one run short, 8-7.
As with Game 3, the starting pitching, which was so splendid in Tokyo for the first two games of the year, was spotty as Bartolo Colon was tagged for seven runs on 10 hits in 4 1/3 innings.
But unlike the previous night, the A's managed to get to the Seattle starter. Surprisingly, they would score six runs off of Seattle ace Felix Hernandez, but it was not enough.
However, there were positives offensively from this game. Jemile Weeks hit his first home run of the season in the fifth inning to make the score 7-2.
Every starter except Brandon Allen and Cliff Pennington had at least one hit. And the big blast again was provided by Yoenis Cespedes, who his an opposite field, three-run home run to right-center to make the score 8-7 in the seventh inning.
However, the A's were unable to cash in on the tying run in the eighth or ninth inning. Their record now stands at 1-3 after being swept in the mini-series by Seattle. Game 5 of the season will be on Monday against the Kansas City Royals at the Oakland Coliseum.
Good: Yoenis Cespedes. Yes, he struck out twice. But again in a big situation, he delivered. His three-run home run was one of only two hits the A's had with runners in scoring position and whipped the crowd into a frenzy. He appears to be the real deal.
Bad: Bartolo Colon. Tonight, he was simply wild in the strike zone. Many of Colon's fastballs were jumped on and the Mariners did their damage in the crucial six-run fourth inning. While he did not walk a batter, many of his mistakes were taken advantage of.
Ugly: Brandon Allen. The first baseman by default, Allen has looked flat-out awful at the plate. He has yet to even reach base in the early season and tonight went 0-for-3 with three strikeouts, stranding a runner in the bottom of the sixth.
The A's will run Tom Milone out Monday night in his Oakland debut against Kansas City's Luis Mendoza.