Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Felix pitches, Ackley homers, Ichiro hits
I was hoping to doze a bit through the rough and tumble, but no such luck. I turned the game on as the game headed to bottom of the fourth, the M's up by a run. Unfortunately that didn't last long, as my eyes focused just in time to see Kurt Suzuki rocket a double off Felix and drive in Cliff Pennington. Score tied 1-1. Fortunately the M's came back to win it, but it took 11 innings and a lot of very good pitching by Hernandez, Tom Wilhelmson and Brandon League to keep the A's away from further damage. M's win 3-1.
This had an eerily familiar feeling. The M's had nine hits. Of those four were by Ichiro, who looked like 2011 whas simply a blip on the radar. Two tradmark Ichiro infield hits, but two nice line drives up the middle too. Ackley had a couple of hits, including a fourth inning homer (maybe earlier, but it was before my moments of wakefulness.) Not a lot of encouraging news on the hitting front as the middle third of the lineup-Smoak, Montero, and Carp-were a collective 0-17.