The Seattle Mariners played small-ball tonight against the Oakland A”s tonight combined with good starting pitching by
m_campaign=Linker”>Jason Vargas to win their second Season Opener of 2012 by a score of 7-3. Vargas went 5 1/3 innings allowing only a pair of runs coming off the bat of Yoenis Cespedes who slugged a monster 2-run homer in the bottom of the fourth. Though Vargas may not have had his best stuff tonight, he battled long enough for his team to manufacture five runs before he left in top of the sixth with a pair of runners aboard.
came into relieve Vargas in the sixth and got out of the jam as well as going a scoreless seventh before brought in in the eighth and though he allowed a run he did manage to stop the bleeding allowing to come in and shut down the A”s in the ninth.
had three hits tonight which is not much of a story compared to the fact that Chone Figgins went 3-4, drove in 2 runs, and scored a run in what looked like the old Chone Figgins from his days with the Halos. Figgins executed a perfect safety squeeze in the sixth to bring in who had a pair of base knocks himself. As far as I can tell this might have been the first time in memory that Chone Figgins was the offensive star of a game! Yes I know that is blasphemy here in Seattle where being a hater is a well-developed art form but Figgins deserves a break.
It seems like as a Mariners Fan we are always playing the A”s. It has got to the point where when we play at the Oakland Coliseum it feels like a home game. I kind of like the A”s scruffy blue-collar fans as well who have fallen on hard times lately but have also had several World Championships to boast about unlike us here in the soggy NW. If you watched the game tonight you must have seen the big red missile with the words “The Cuban Missile” written on it in honor of the Cuban phenom Yoenis Cespedes who surprised everyone by signing with the A”s this offseason. It”s hard to hate the A”s or their fansas they are about the only team that we play that I am confident we can beat every time we come to the ballpark.
So here we go again as the 2012 season is underway with our boys starting out with a 2-1 record and coming to the mound Saturday evening. For the record I am going to predict the Mariners come in third in the AL West with a .470 ish winning percentage. It”s early so shooting for barely under .500 seems optimistic but doable from my vantage point here in Wallingford! Go M”s! http://jeffsmariners.com