By Joe Stiglich
Sunday, April 15th, 2012 at 12:18 pm in Uncategorized.
It’s only the 10th game out of 162, but A’s manager Bob Melvin considers today’s contest a big one. I can see why. A win gives the A’s a series victory, which would be good considering Seattle took three of four to begin this season. It would pull the A’s to .500 and give them some momentum going into a four-game series against the Angels. “I’m not gonna lie to you, it would be nice to win a series,” Melvin said. “Today is an important game.”
In an effort to shake up the offense, Melvin dropped Josh Reddick to the fifth spot and is batting Seth Smith third. Kurt Suzuki gets the day off – that’s more because Melvin likes pairing starting pitcher Graham Godfrey with Anthony Recker – and Josh Donaldson also is out of the lineup, with Eric Sogard at third. Donaldson is struggling with the bat, but you had to like a couple of the plays he made defensively last night. Pretty good hands …
A’s – Weeks 2B, Crisp LF, Smith DH, Cespedes CF, Reddick RF, Pennington SS, Ka’aihue 1B, Recker C, Sogard 3B; Godfrey RHP.
Mariners – Figgins LF, Ackley 2B, Ichiro RF, Smoak 1B, Montero DH, Seager 3B, Saunders CF, Olivo C, Ryan SS; Beavan RHP.
–Here’s your unsolicited restaurant recommendation for Seattle: Anthony’s Pier 66, located right on the waterfront. It’s a great location, and on a sunny day, grab a seat out on the deck. I’m a big fan of the seafood marinara …