Originally written on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 6/23/14
M’s top A’s in Opening Day Thriller

Opening the season early in Japan, the Seattle Mariners top the Atheletics 3-1 in 11 innings.

The Headline: Dustin Ackley, Ichiro Suzuki and Felix Hernandez shine, while Jesus Montero and Justin Smoak disappoint.

Seattle Mariners 3, Oakland 1
When: 6:10 AM ET, Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Where: Tokyo Dome, Tokyo
Temperature: Indoors
Umpires: Home – Tom Hallion, 1B – Jeff Nelson, 2B – Marvin Hudson, 3B – Dan Bellino
Attendance: 44227

Here’s my love ‘em hate ‘em breakdown of opening day in Tokyo.

Love ‘em

1. Mariners Are Undefeated, and on Top of the AL West

Okay, so it’s a pipe dream that this will last, but we can all dream right? And, might as well enjoy it while we can. The Mariners might not go 162-0 this season, but with their new offensive clout it’s time they start getting competitive again.

2. Dustin Ackley

One of the biggest determinants of the Ms future is going to be how well Dustin Ackley can hit in Seattle. I know they kicked things off in Japan, but it’s still nice to see him start off hot.

Ackley went 2-5 with 1 home run, 1 stolen base, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI—one of which brought in the go ahead run.

3. Mariners Winning in 11 Innings

Oakland constantly threatened, but came up short going 1-14 with runners in scoring position. Seattle kept things together, made their outs and put runs on the board when they could in the 11th.

For an opening day game, things don’t get much better than this one.

Hate ‘em

1. Ichiro Suzuki’s Singles Parade

Ichiro Suzuki had a great day—hitting third in the lineup—going 4-5. He also had only 1 RBI and no extra base hits.

The Mariners celebrate an opening day win over the A's in Tokyo. - (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

Ichiro loves his singles, but will that be enough to bring in runs if he’s hitting third?

2. Felix Hernandez Losing Out

Felix Hernandez pitched amazingly. In 8 innings, he struck out 6 and allowed 1 walk  on just 104 pitches. Teammates once again let the King down, as he ended up with a no-decision.

3. The Two Big O-fors

While Ichiro and Ackley were getting hits, the Mariners went 0-17 in the 4-7 spots in the lineup. Two of those biggest 0-fors were Justin Smoak and Jesus Montero.

Both these guys need to start mashing for Seattle to hit it’s stride.

Here’s the BOXSCORE | and Our Managing Editor “Q” has his RECAP


Ken Griffey Jr. is the only other Mariner to have four hits in a season opener. Griffey accomplished the feat in 1990.

Making his first career Opening Day start, Brandon McCarthy permitted one run on six hits and struck out three in seven innings.

Dustin Ackley had six homers in 90 games last season after being called up from Triple-A Tacoma.


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