W: Beavan (2-2)
L: Cahill (9-10)
The Mariners topped their last 3 games of run output in one inning Monday night. The A's offense didn't help Trevor Cahill leaving the bases loaded with no outs. Cahill really didn't help himself in the same situation either. A bases loaded triple by Dustin Ackley put the A's away for good in a 5-run second inning of an 8-4 Mariners victory.
Rookie Blake Beavan pitched well into the seventh inning after getting out of the first inning bases loaded jam. 6.2 innings, 3 runs on 7 hits allowed. Pitched a far better game then A's starter Trevor Cahill, who pitched four innings giving up 7 runs on 12 hits while only striking out two. He also walked two batters.
The Mariners blew the game open in the second inning as Cahill struggled to keep his pitches down. The Mariners would go six straight hitters without an out. An RBI double by Franklin Gutierrez and an RBI single Brendan Ryan made the game quickly 2-0. Then with the bases loaded Ackley would drive a triple that Ryan Sweeney couldn't get in front of. The game was 5-0 and out of reach for the A's, who are now 4-7 against the Mariners this season.
Ackley wasn't the only one who made Cahill's night miserable. Rookie Casper Wells went 2 for 4, Ryan with 3 for 5 with an RBI, and Gutierrez had the RBI double, and Justin Smoak went 2 for 3 with 2 runs off the bench.
The A's had few high spots in a night of lows even after the game was over. Coco Crisp went 3 for 4, while Kurt Suzuki went 2 for 3 with two runs scored and two more batted in. One of them coming from a ninth inning home run, his ninth this season. After getting the bases loaded in the first, Josh Willingham and Ryan Sweeney both struck out. Conor Jackson lined out to end the inning.
The low spot after the game came from news regarding Cliff Pennington. Pennington saw his hit streak end at 15 games as he was taken out in the sixth inning. It was discovered that Pennington was diagnosed with Bells Palsy, a condition that can cause paralysis or weakness of facial muscles. He is being deemed as day to day.
Player Of The Game: Dustin Ackley: 2 for 4, run, three RBI
The A's will face Seattle Tuesday in game two of the series. Rich Harden looks to get back to work after the Red Sox pulled from a trade Saturday. He will face Felix Hernandez, who has dominated the A's this year. 3-0 while allowing one run in 24.2 innings this season.