American League Game Summary - Seattle at Oakland|
(Thursday, April 3rd)
Final Score: Oakland 3, Seattle 2 (12 innings)
Oakland, CA (SportsNetwork.com) - Coco Crisp led off the bottom of the 12th
inning with a game-winning home run, as the Oakland Athletics edged the
Seattle Mariners, 3-2, in the opener of a four-game series Thursday at O.co
After fouling off the first pitch of the frame, Crisp scorched a high fastball
from Hector Noesi (0-1) over the out-of-town scoreboard in right-center field.
The umpires briefly reviewed the play before ruling Crisp's blast cleared the
wall to give the A's their second win of the season.
"You could tell the first swing he was looking for something that he could
pull and get up in the air," A's manager Bob Melvin said of Crisp's approach
in the final at-bat. "I think that was his intent and that's tough to do,
going up there trying to hit a home run, especially when you're a leadoff type
Crisp also scored on Yoenis Cespedes' game-tying triple in the eighth, while
Sam Fuld knocked in Oakland's other run with a triple in the fifth.
Drew Pomeranz (1-0) picked up the win after spinning a perfect top of the
12th. Oakland right-hander Jesse Chavez, who made his third career big league
start, surrendered two runs -- one earned -- on five hits and two walks in six
Abraham Almonte went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored for Seattle, which
suffered its first setback of the season.
Seattle starter Roenis Elias made his major league debut and stifled Oakland
in the early going, carrying a no-hitter into the fifth inning before running
Meanwhile, the Mariners got an RBI groundout from Robinson Cano in the first
thanks to some shoddy defense from the A's and added another run in the fifth
on Almonte's single that scored Logan Morrison, who led off the frame with a
base hit before moving to third when Dustin Ackley followed with a single.
Elias then breezed through the first two batters in the bottom of the fifth
before freezing Nick Punto with a 2-2 backdoor curveball that appeared to fall
in for a strike, which would have ended the inning.
Most of Seattle's defense headed toward the dugout thinking the inning had
ended, but home plate umpire Sean Barber called the pitch a ball.
"I sincerely thought it was a strike, but the umpire didn't call it," Elias
said through a translator. "If I would have gotten that call, I would have
gotten out of that frame without giving up a run."
With new life, Punto sent Elias' next pitch to left for a single, giving
Oakland its first hit of the game.
After Punto swiped second, Fuld ripped a sinking liner to center that Almonte
missed with a diving effort. The ball rolled all the way to the warning track,
allowing Fuld to race around the bases, but Cano fired a strike to the plate
to nab Fuld and keep Seattle in front.
The umpires reviewed the play due to the new home-plate collision rules before
deciding Seattle catcher Mike Zunino blocked the plate legally.
Despite Fuld falling short of the inside-the-park home run, Oakland managed to
pull even in the eighth, which started with Crisp and Josh Donaldson working
After a Jed Lowrie double-play groundout left Crisp stranded at third with two
outs, Cespedes clubbed a triple to center field, allowing Crisp to trot home
for the game-tying run.
Crisp recorded his first career walk-off home run ... Elias allowed one run on
two hits and three walks with three strikeouts over five frames ... Seattle
went 11-8 versus the A's last season ... Seattle went 1-for-9 with runners in
scoring position and left seven on base ... Oakland went 3-for-9 with RISP and
stranded 10 baserunners.
04/04 03:51:13 ET