The A’s rally to beat the Seattle Mariners and James Paxton 9-6

April 20, 2017

MLB, Oakland Athletics

Oakland Athletics’ Trevor Plouffe (3) celebrates his three-run home run with teammates in the dugout during the seventh inning of the team’s baseball game against the Seattle Mariners on Thursday, April 20, 2017, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

by Jerry Feitelberg

Oakland- The A’s started Cesar Valdez Thursday night against the Mariners. Valdez, who is 32 years old, last started a game in the Major Leagues way back on June, 10th, 2010. He pitched well in spring training and 1-0 with an ERA of 2.70 at Nashville. Valdez was filling in for Kendall Graveman and probably will be headed back to Nashville soon. Valdez has an average fastball, but his curveball and changeups have a lot of movement and are effective. The Mariners, winners of five of their last six games, tallied three runs in the first two innings Thursday night. The A’s came back and won 9-6.

The Mariners, as mentioned above, led 3-0 until the bottom of the third. The A’s scored three times to snap Paxton’s streak of 23 consecutive scoreless innings to start the season. Jaff Decker and Rajai Davis singled to put men on at first and third with no out. Adam Rosales singled to drive in Decker. Davis scored when right fielder Mitch Haniger’s throw to third hit the second base bag and that allowed Rajai to score. Ryon Healy doubled to drive in Rosales to tie the game.

The A’s scored two more in the fifth to send Paxton to the showers. Rajai Davis singled to center, but the ball took a weird bounce and went through the legs of Leonys Martin in center. Davis ended up on third. Rosales hit a sac fly to drive in Davis.  Jed Lowrie Doubled and scored on a Ryon Healy single to put the A’s ahead 5-3. The Mariners’ shortstop, Taylor Motter, homered with a man aboard to tie the game at five. The A’s regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth when Josh Phegley led off with a double. Jaff Decker laid down a sacrifice bunt to move Phegley to third. Rajai Davis ground out, and that allowed Phegley to score.

The A’s behind two walks, and a blast to deep left field by Trevor Plouffe put the A’s ahead 9-5. The A’s bullpen of Ryan Dull, Sean Doolittle, Ryan Madson kept the Mariners off the board until the ninth. Santiago Casilla gave up a run but was able to close out the game.

Game Notes- The A’s, with the win, improved to 8-8 for the season. The A’s now own a modest three-game winning streak. The Mariners fall to 7-9. Ryon Healy was the hitting star with three hits and a couple of runs batted in. Cesar Valdez went four innings and allowed five hits and three runs. Frankie Montas pitched the fifth and sixth innings and gave up the two-run dinger to Taylor Motter.

Game two of the four-game series takes place Friday night at the Oakland Coliseum, Lefty Sean Manaea will go for Oakland, and he will be opposed by Hisashi Iwakuma. Game time is at 7:05 pm.

Time of game was three hours and ten minutes and a sparse crowd of 10,707 watched the A’ win.

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Retired pharmacist who now has a career as a sports writer and broadcaster

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