Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Roenis Elias made his MLB debut on Thursday night (April 3). He pitched very well against the Oakland Athletics, going five impressive innings while giving up just one run in the game. He threw 80 stressful pitches in those five innings, though, and had to leave after allowing just two hits and three walks. Despite leaving with a 2-1 lead, he wouldn't factor into the decision as the team would squander that run and lose in extra innings.
The offense had a hard time stringing hits together after the early innings and the bullpen of the Athletics held them to just one hit over the final six innings. In fact, the team would only wind up with six combined hits for the full 12 innings, which typically is not going to get things done. Drew Pomeranz ended up getting his first win of the season by pitching a perfect 12th inning.
The bullpen for the Mariners looked overworked on Thursday and it didn't help that they had to pitch six plus innings in the first game against the Athletics. Yoervis Medina, Charlie Furbush, Tom Wilhelmsen, Danny Farquhar, and Joe Beimel all saw action until Hector Noesi was brought into the game in the bottom of the 12th inning. The only other pitcher left was close Fernando Rodney and they decided to save him until the team got a lead. It didn't happen, though, as Noesi gave up a home run to Coco Crisp on his second pitch of the game.
The Mariners fell from the ranks of the unbeaten with this 3-2 loss and will have to try to bounce back on Friday (April 4) in Game 2 against the Oakland Athletics. First pitch is set for 7:05 p.m. PT and Chris Young will be getting his first start of the year. The team will need him to go deep into the game to help save the bullpen, so short at-bats will become a necessity early on.
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