Oakland Athletics Lose Pitcher’s Duel to Felix Hernandez and Mariners

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The hot Oakland Athletics have been cooled off a little bit by the fourth place Seattle Mariners this weekend. A good performance last night did them in and Saturday they faced Felix Hernandez, the Mariners ace starting pitcher. They lost a close pitching duel 4 – 0 with A.J. Griffin on the mound. You may be wondering how that score can be called a closely fought pitcher’s duel. Read on and I’ll tell you.

Okay it really isn’t a big secret. The game was locked at zero until the sixth inning when the Mariners loaded the bases and then cleared them on the only bad pitch of the day for Griffin. Griffin and the A’s had a little bad fortune from the pitching side of the game. Hitting wise they had no bad fortune at all other than having to face Hernandez who shut them down in seven shutout innings.

Wait, did I say fourth place earlier? I’m sorry as of right now they are right with third place after these two wins. They aren’t the only ones gaining on the new leaders of the American League West as a result of this series loss. For the Athletics they can salvage quite a lot by simply going out on Sunday and refusing to be swept. It won’t be easy though with the guy they will face tomorrow. Still they are a great team and great teams play great when they are down. I would look for a hard fought victory in the wrap-up game on Sunday for the A’s.

David Miller is a Senior Writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @davidmillerrant, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google+.

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