Kazmir’s Gem, Cespedes’ Late Homer Give A’s Series Win in Seattle
Sunday’s game between the Oakland A’s and Seattle Mariners became quite the pitcher’s duel.
A’s lefty Scott Kazmir continued his impressive first few outings as a member of the Green and Gold, baffling the M’s hitters for six innings of two-hit, zero-run baseball, racking up nine strikeouts in the meantime. After the sixth, though, Kazmir was shown in the dugout doing things that made A’s fans everywhere fear the worst:
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Despite Kazmir’s apparent discomfort, he was never taken back into the clubhouse with the training staff. As a precaution, his sparkling outing ended after that sixth inning – and afterwards, concerns were alleviated when Kazmir reiterated that he’s “fine”:
“Everything is fine,” Kazmir said in greeting reporters, then added later that he will make his next start. “It’s very, very minor,” he said. “It’s really nothing.”
The issue – left triceps tightness – flared up for Kazmir during Spring Training, but only made him miss one start.
As for Sunday’s game: it remained deadlocked at 0-0 through seven, as the A’s were unable to get any runs across against tall righty Chris Young and Yoervis Medina (though the A’s missed several home runs by mere feet, instead settling for warning-track flyouts on a few occasions).
In the eighth, however, the bats woke up. After lefty Charlie Furbush walked pinch-hitter Jed Lowrie, Yoenis Cespedes clubbed a two-run, no-doubt-about-it blast deep into left field, pushing the A’s in front 2-0.
After Luke Gregerson came in and sailed through a spotless eighth, Josh Donaldson stepped up in the ninth and smacked an opposite-field homer of his own, extending the lead to 3-0 – where it stayed after Sean Doolittle nailed down his first save of the season.
With the win, Oakland improved to 8-4 on the season, and took another series from the Mariners – whom they also took two of three from in last week’s weird, rain-shortened series at the Coliseum.
On Monday night, the A’s will open up a three-game set with the Los Angeles Angels down in Anaheim. Jesse Chavez (0-0, 1.38 ERA) will look for his first win against the Halos and Hector Santiago (0-2, 7.71 ERA), with first pitch scheduled for 7:05 p.m.
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