By Joe Stiglich
Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011 at 12:31 pm in 2011 regular season.
The roof is open at Safeco Field and it’s another picturesque afternoon. Indeed, the weather has been terrific up here the past three days. The baseball? That’s been a bit uglier, at least from the A’s perspective. Getting swept by last-place Seattle is no way to begin a nine-game road trip, so the A’s badly need a victory today with left-hander Gio Gonzalez on the mound.
Here’s the lineups:
A’s – Weeks 2B, Crisp CF, Matsui DH, Willingham LF, Jackson 1B, Sizemore 3B, Rosales SS, Sweeney RF, Powell C; Gonzalez LHP.
Mariners – Ichiro DH, Ryan SS, Ackley 2B, Carp 1B, Wells RF, Gutierrez CF, Bard C, Wilson 3B, Halman LF; Furbush LHP.
–David DeJesus remains out, as manager Bob Melvin said the outfielder’s right thumb is more a mental issue right now than a physical one. DeJesus has been reluctant to cut it loose while swinging the bat. It appears his return will come Friday at Tampa Bay, when the A’s might also welcome back shortstop Cliff Pennington. Pennington continues to do better following his Bell’s palsy diagnosis. He got through full baseball activity Tuesday and said he could play right now if needed. He’s being brought along slowly as a precaution.
–Tuesday night’s game landed on the highlight reels for a couple different reasons. The A’s ridiculously handled Brendan Ryan’s infield single – letting him advance two extra bases while infielders wandered around confused. And then there was the Ichiro look-a-like who tried picking up the fair ball that Dustin Ackley hit down the right-field line. This guy heard a round of boos and then had to answer to stadium security for interfering with the game. I saw the same guy standing in front of the stadium this morning, wearing his No. 51 uniform and posing for pictures with fans. It’s a regular gig for him.
One can only wonder how Ackley might wind up with a triple today. On Monday, Ryan Sweeney misplayed his low liner with the bases loaded, and Ackley wound up on third with three RBIs. Then a nutty fan interferes on a play Tuesday, and the umpires award Ackley another triple. We’ll see what today has in store …