Tom Milone was solid in his second start as an Oakland Athletics pitcher. He just could not match Hector Noesi of the Mariners, who shut the A's down en route to a 4-0 victory to even the three-game series in Seattle.
Noesi held the A's to five hits over eight innings and was never really threatened in the game. After a relative outburst of four runs Friday, this performance more resembles the scuffling A's batting order that has only scored 25 runs in nine games thus far.
Milone's troubles largely caused by Jesus Montero. In the second inning, Montero yanked a fastball to dead center to put the Mariners up 1-0.
Milone would settle in nicely from that point until the sixth. After loading the bases, he got Ichiro Suzuki to pop up to Cliff Pennington for the second out. Then, on a 3-2 count, Justin Smoak walked on a very questionable pitch on the outside corner. Montero then hit an opposite-field double to bust the game open for Seattle.
Milone would end up allowing four runs on four hits with two walks and five strikeouts in six innings. But the story of the game was Noesi, who after being rocked for seven runs in three innings against Texas, completely shut the A's down.
Milone. Not a lot to choose from, but the lefty was solid again. The ball call on Smoak was a bad call. It caught the corner and he should have escaped without giving up a second run. Tough break, but the A's offense did not provide any help anyway.
A's lineup. All of them. Stank. Again. This is becoming a bad theme. How many games until Manny is eligible? (41 without rain outs for those seeking an actual answer.)
Coco Crisp. Considering the logjam in the outfield, a guy who is hitting under .180 with a noodle arm with cheaper alternatives sitting is an abject liability. The A's had one threat in this game—second and third with two outs and Crisp popped up on the first pitch he saw. That 0-for-4 is not going to get the job done in any circumstance.
Graham Godfrey will start Sunday afternoon against Seattle's Blake Beavan in the rubber game of the series. First pitch is at 1:10 p.m.