You could tell it was going to be a difficult day for A’s hitters the minute you saw Felix Hernandez in the first inning Monday. And indeed, it was. King Felix struck out 12 in eight innings, and the A’s produced a goose egg for the second time in three Opening Days, 4-0 at Safeco Field.
Not a lot to read into this one, other than that Bobby Crosby should skip further Opening Days (he did stay healthy, so that’s a small step). Dan Haren was awfully good, save for one pitch. Travis Buck made an impression with a double that was the hardest ball hit against Hernandez. And good pitching beats any kind of hitting.
Now, 161 more to go.
Happy Opening Day.