Seattle Mariners-Oakland Athletics: Cheers and Jeers from Series No. 8

Jordan GillisContributor IMay 4, 2009

ANAHEIM, CA - APRIL 24:  Jose Lopez #4 of the Seattle Mariners bats against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on April 24, 2009 at Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California. The Mariners won 8-3.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)

The Seattle Mariners finished season series number seven with two Jose Lopez game-winning-walk-off singles.  The Mariners and Oakland Athletics battled and battled, while they almost played enough for a four game series.

However based off the late inning “clutch” heroics of second baseman Jose Lopez the Seattle Mariners played well enough to get two out of three at home and raise their division leading record to 15 wins and 10 losses.

Cheer: 3 1-run games in the series, its exciting baseball that keeps you sweating with your team until the very last out, or in our case twice, the winning run scored.

Jeer: While it is hard to complain with two out of three, a sweep would have been the perfect ending to the entire thing. Losing one run games is heartbreaking. Sorry Oakland!

Cheer: Comebacks! In game one after Carlos Silva dished out his traditional 3.2 innings pitched with six hits, six earned runs, and four walks allowed, the Mariners bullpen bit down and only allowed one more run.

Jeer:  Why is Carlos Silva is still allowed to pitch? He no longer has a functional sinker, or any control what so ever. His two “qualities” are now faded and he’s left with the ability to hurl the all towards the plate.

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Cheer: Russell Branyan and Franklin Gutierrez took Oakland starter Dana Eveland out of the game with two-two run homeruns in the fifth inning.

Jeer: Nothing for that, I love me some home runs!

Cheer: Game one came to us in the ninth inning after Jose Lopez lined pitch number 14 in the at bat vs. A’s pitcher Russ Springer into right field for the walk off single.

Jeer: Umpire Jim Joyce was unwilling to allow a walk off walk after four straight balls went by forcing Jose Lopez to swing at 10 more balls out of the zone to prevent the strike out. Luckily for both the Mariners won. But the umpire crew this weekend was just terrible, and I’m starting to feel like the pitch cameras should start making calls.

Cheer: Game two featured the Mariners starter Jarrod Washburn against A’s starter Travis Cahill. Jarrod off a shaky start vs. Chicago went seven innings spreading two walks and five hits for one earned run while mixing in six strikeouts.

Jeer: Mariners Mark Lowe blows the hold in the eighth inning by allowing three hits in the inning and one run. It was a tough situation, and Lowe got out of the tough situation by striking out Jack Cust to end the inning, but wins don’t come cheap, and bullpen losses just bite.

Cheer: Russell Branyan goes yard again!

Jeer: Rob Johnson blows the game in the ninth inning when Ichiro attempted to gun down the game winning run at home plate, the runner who was out by 20 or so feet got to gently walk across the plate as Rob Johnson forgot to field the throw completely. Sigh. Where was Jose Lopez to field that throw and take three games into his hands? Just kidding…slightly.

Cheer: Game three took 15 innings and featured two Mariner comebacks!

Jeer: To get two comebacks in one game you have to give up the lead at least twice.

Cheer: Seattle catcher Kenji Johjima who returned in game one, became the early hero in game three by tying the game up in the ninth inning with a solo shot home run.

Jeer: After Miguel Batista pitched all right for two innings; he allowed three runs in the 13th inning to the Oakland line up dashing the hopes and dreams of Mariners fans.

Cheer: Not to be undone the Mariners matched the Oakland surge with three runs of their own in the bottom half after a bases loaded Franklin Gutierrez walk (his third walk of the game!) Yuniesky Betancourt fielder’s choice, and an Ichiro single!

Jeer: Jose Lopez with a chance to make the night his, fouled out to the short stop to end the rally.

Cheer: In the 15th the Mariners and Jose Lopez get another shot at redemption. Gutierrez singled, Yuniesky Betancourt bunted and reached on error and thus moved Gutierrez to third. Ichiro was intentionally walked, and then Jose Lopez with no outs was at the plate. 

Lopez drove the 1-2 pitch straight up into the air into shallow center field and it fell in between the drawn in infield, and the apparently slow reaction of Oakland’s centerfielder defensive replacement Rajai Davis. The Mariners won again and Jose was nearly tackled by Ichiro in pure excitement!

These are our Mariners 15-10 on the season, two and a half games ahead of the Rangers, and four games ahead of the Angels. Some other notes I would love to point out, these Mariners are walking to get on base, five, four, and seven walks respectively in the three games.

Anytime the Mariners can get two out of three with the back end of the rotation against a division rival is a cause for celebration. Up next is a goofy two game series against division foe Texas Rangers, Go Seattle Mariners!

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