Milton Bradley has just three hits this season. Unfortunately for the A’s, all three are against them and two have been for homers. His three-run shot off Brad Ziegler in the eighth inning tonight was the difference in a 3-0 Seattle Mariners win.
A few tidbits from the game:
–Michael Wuertz’s absence in the bullpen definitely is missed in a game like this. Ziegler hardly had his best stuff tonight. But manager Bob Geren stuck with him in the eighth, probably hoping Ziegler could deliver a double-play ball even as he was struggling with his command. Ziegler said he missed his location on about 90 percent of his pitches, and he doesn’t have a huge margin for error on these kinds of off-nights.
–It wasn’t your typical “Web Gem,” but that was a terrific play by catcher Kurt Suzuki in the seventh inning. He managed to catch a slider from Ziegler that was way outside, spun around and fired a strike to third base to nail Chone Figgins, who tried to advance from second on the play. Geren, a former catcher, raved about the play afterward. I’m not sure I’d go as far as saying that Suzuki is “revolutionizing” the position with athletic plays like that, as Geren put it. But it was really impressive.
–Ryan Sweeney singled in the fourth inning, extending his season-opening hitting streak to nine games.
That’s all for now …