Originally posted on NorthWest Sports Beat  |  Last updated 10/1/12
Long balls drop Mariners The Headline: an eight inning collapse by the bullpen gives the A’s life, as they complete their sweep of the Mariners. Seattle Mariners 2, Oakland Athletics 5 When: 4:05 ET, Sunday, September 30, 2012 Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland Temperature: 73 degrees Umpires: Home — Jeff Kellogg, 1B — Mike Winters, 2B — Eric Cooper, 3B — Marty Foster Attendance: 21,057 Love ‘em 1. Ramirez’s Strong Start Seattle needed a strong start today, and Erasmo Ramirez delivered. Too bad it wasn’t enough for a win. The rookie went 6.1 strong on 100 pitches, allowing just two runs on three hits. He did have four walks, but also struck out six. It was the fourth start in a row in which Ramirez had gone at least six innings and given up no more than three runs. He ends September 1-1 with a 2.86 ERA and 4.6 K/BB. 2. Smoak’s Surge Justin Smoak had a strong day at the plate today, going 2-4 with an RBI single in the third—his 50th of the season. It was a perfect cap to a blazing...
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