Originally posted on Oregon Sports News  |  Last updated 7/4/12
To start off the week, the Mariners faced the Oakland Athletics at home. Nicaraguan Erasmo Ramirez started off the series striking out 10 in Game 1, but sadly he didn’t get the win. The Athletics hit a home run in the 2nd inning, which was the winning run of the ball game. The next outing, a Mariners starter would again strike out 10 (it’s the first time 2 Mariners have gone back-to-back with 10 strikeouts since 1999). This time, it would be Jason Vargas. But with the game still tied going into the 8th after Vargas came out, the win went to relief pitching. In the bottom of the 8th, with the score tied at 2, Casper Wells led off the inning with a base hit single to left field. He then stole second as Dustin Ackley struck out, and hustled home on Brendan Ryan’s base hit to right field. The final score of the game was 3-2, Brendan Ryan, the hero of the game, said he was just “glad it worked out. I was just happy to see the ball hit some grass.” Despite outhitting the A’s 4-2 in Game 3, the
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