Opening Day 2012 A’s and Ms in Tokyo, Japan
Ichiro gets 4 hits to excite fans and leads the Mariners over Athletics 3-1 on Opening Day
March 28, 2012 before 44,227 in Tokyo, Japan
Legendary right fielder Ichiro Suzuki lined 3 singles and a double in 5 at bats, plus a RBI and received a roaring applause from fans in Tokyo as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Oakland A’s 3-1 in 11 innings on USA 2012 Opening Day.
Teammate Dustin Ackley helped with two hits, including a homer in 5 trips to the plate. He scored twice and had 2 RBIs and made a key defensive play at second base late in the game, saving a sure run.
Mariners starter Felix Hernandez pitched 8 strong innings and controlled the tempo of the games, yielding just 5 hits, striking out 6 and allowing one run. 6 ft 6 inch, 230 lbs reliever Tom Wihelmsen pitched the 9th and 10th innings without allowing a base runner. He had 2 Ks and was the winning pitcher. Closer Brandon League allowed one hit, struckout 2 in 1 inning (the bottom of the 11th).
A’s starter Brandon McCarthy stymied Seattle batters, allowing just 6 hits, 1 earned run thru 7 innings, 3 Ks. Last season Brandon McCarthy had a 9-9 record and set a new team record with 123 Ks and only 25 bases on balls, the lowest strikeouts to walk ratio in the Athletics team’s history.
Relievers Ryan Cook, Grant Balfour, Brian Fuentes, Andrew Carignan and Jerry Blevins all pitched in today’s game in Tokyo, Japan. Andy Carignan, the losing pitcher, pitched the top of the 11th and yielded the two run homer by Oakland’s Dustin Ackley.
Catcher Kurt Suzuki of Hawaii had the only Oakland RBI on a double in the 4th inning. A’s shortstop Cliff Pennington had a double and a single, scored run in 5 at bats. Oakland managed just 6 hits thru 11 innings.
Umpires – Home Plate Tom Hallion … 3B Dan Bellino … 2B Marvin Hudson … 1B Jeff Nelson
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