SEATTLE — Since he’s played more games against Seattle than any other big league team, Yoenis Cespedes probably should have more homers against the Mariners than against anybody else.
But it seems as if he is picking on Seattle. In just 10 games against the Mariners, Cespedes has hit five homers, including the seventh-inning tiebreaker off Hisashi Iwakuma on Wednesday in a 2-1 Oakland win in Safeco Field.
Thanks to injury issues, the outfielder has just 34 games against other teams, against whom he has collected four homers. Clearly the Mariners appeal to his sense of the long ball.
Cespedes and Coco Crisp, who hit Kevin Millwood’s first pitch of the game for a solo homer, gave A’s starter Jarrod Parker all the offense he was going to get — or need.
The homers turned out to be the only two hits the A’s would get off the Seattle pitchers, but they’d be enough for the win.
Parker was stung by a game-tying, second-inning homer from Mariner catcher John Jaso in the second inning, but was otherwise in control of the game for seven innings allowing just two other hits and four walks.
After being replaced by Grant Balfour to start the eighth, Parker, 4-3, has now allowed one run or less in six of his last seven starts to lower his ERA to 2.57.
— The Sports Xchange via Reuters