Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Mariners win seventh straight Opening Day game

Seattle Mariners news from Opening Day was good for the seventh straight season. BehindFelix Hernandez, the Mariners beat the Oakland Athletics Monday (April 1) to start out the season 1-0. Hernandez pitched 7 2/3 innings, giving up just three hits and a walk on the night. He also struck out eight hitters to pick up his first win of the year. It marked the seventh straight year that the Mariners have won on Opening Day.
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The Mariners scored only two runs in the game, both coming on a single by Franklin Gutierrez in the fifth inning. Hernandez made those runs stand up and with some timely pitching from Stephen Pryor and Tom Wilhelmsen in relief, the Mariners completely shut down the offense of the Athletics. Allowing just three hits for the entire game is certainly a way for the pitching staff to make some noise early.
The offense struggled a bit against Athletics starting pitcher Brett Anderson. Five players posted one hit each, but the team also drew four walks. Two of those walks came from Brendan Ryan, who also had several great defensive plays that kept the Athletics from putting together any rallies.
With the Opening Day game in the win column, the Mariners will again take on the Oakland Athletics Tuesday night (April 2). Getting his first start of the season is Hisashi Iwakuma, who looks to continue the success he found in the starting rotation during 2012.

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