Brendan Ryan is not known for being a power hitter. In fact, he's more known for his defense than he is for his bat. Today is a different story as Brendan Ryan powered up and hit a 2 run homerun in the 2nd inning against the Athletics. The homerun was Ryan's first ever homerun at Safeco Field. A 371 foot shot that looked like about a 500 foot shot when it left his bat but landed about three or four rows deep over the left field fence. Ryan got the offense started and the M's were up 2 - 0.
In the third inning it was Justin Smoak's turn. Smoak hit a solo shot over the right field wall and made the score 3 - 0. A much needed shot for the struggling first baseman and hopefully a turning point for him as well.
Blake Beavan pitched an amazing game, but in the 5th inning after giving up a lead off single and hitting a batter, Eric Sogard took Beavan deep on a 3 - 1 count that was left out over the plate. Beavan's only mistake in the game and it tied things up at 3 a piece. Beavan settled down right away after the homerun and ended up getting the next three hitters on a strikeout, fly out and a ground out.
The Mariners came right back to work in the bottom of the 5th and secured the win for Beavan, his first of the year. With one out, Chone Figgins walked, Dustin Ackley reached on an error and that brought Ichiro to the plate. Ichiro smacked a double into right field that scored Figgins from second and put runners on 2nd and 3rd for Smoak. Smoak hit the ball back to the pitcher, but in his excitement he bobbled the ball and made the only play he could at first base as Ackley scored easily. Ackley was moving as soon as the ball was hit by Smoak and lucked out that he wasn't gunned down at the plate.
Beavan went 7 strong innings, Tom Wilhelmsen pitched a scoreless 8th inning and Brandon League picked up his fourth save on the year. Mariners took the series 2 games to 1 and are now 1 game above .500 on the year. They remain in second place as the Rangers beat the Twins again today.
The Mariners will have tomorrow off and resume on Tuesday against the Cleveland Indians. The Tribe has traditionally played well at Safeco Field in the past, let's hope to change that this series. They are also coming off of a sweep of the KC Royals this weekend. It'll be good to get away from these A's for a while and see some new blood.