SEATTLE (AP) Dee Gordon had ”Thanks 51” on his cap, and in his first at-bat hours after the Mariners introduced Ichiro Suzuki’s transfer from the roster to the entrance workplace, he held his bat out in entrance of him and paused, similar to the Seattle franchise icon.
Then, as Suzuki had accomplished for therefore a few years at Safeco Field, the Mariners’ new leadoff man legged out an infield single, stole a base, and scored the primary Seattle run in a Four-1 victory over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday night time.
It was a fitting tribute to the longtime Japanese star. Gordon went Three for Four, stole two bases, scored twice and set the desk for the three-run third inning punctuated by Nelson Cruz’s two-run homer off rising A’s ace Sean Manaea, who threw this season’s solely no-hitter April 21 in opposition to Boston.
”Whenever he will get on base he causes havoc,” Manaea stated of Gordon. ”The extra you will get him off the bases the higher. It’s all the time in the again of your head when he’s on base. He’s super-fast. I attempted every part I might at this time.”
Gordon opened the primary with the infield hit and stolen base, Jean Segura sacrificed Gordon to 3rd, and Robinson Cano singled him in to provide the Mariners a 1-Zero lead.
Gordon did extra injury in the third when he led off with a double. Segura and Cano then repeated the sequence from the primary inning, with Segura bunting and Cano singling. Cruz adopted with a shot over the right-center area wall for his seventh house run of the 12 months and a Four-Zero lead.
”It’s extra enjoyable as a hitter once you get these guys on base in entrance of you,” Cruz stated. ”Dee bought on base and Segura discovered a approach to get him to 3rd, in order that makes it straightforward to drive in runs and put stress on them.”
Wade LeBlanc pitch 4 innings of three-hit ball in his first begin since transitioning from the bullpen following Erasmo Ramirez’s harm. Chasen Bradford (Three-Zero) adopted by permitting a run over 2 1/Three innings on a homer by Stephen Piscotty.
James Pazos, Juan Nicasio and Edwin Diaz took care of the remainder. Diaz dealt with the ninth for his main league-leading 13th save.
Manaea (Four-Three), who got here into the sport with a 1.03 ERA and the bottom opponents’ batting common (.134) in the majors, gave up 4 runs and 6 hits whereas hanging out 5 in six innings.
Meanwhile, Gordon, who performed with and befriended Suzuki whereas the 2 have been with the Miami Marlins, stated his paean was one thing that got here from the center.
”I knew I’d be hitting first, and me and Ichi have a great relationship,” Gordon stated. ”I simply needed to indicate my thanks for the issues he’s accomplished for me.”
ICHIRO MOVES ON
Suzuki was launched by the Mariners and is shifting right into a entrance workplace function with the group, though he’s not utterly shutting the door on enjoying once more.
The Mariners introduced that Suzuki was turning into a particular assistant to the chairman, efficient instantly. The group stated Suzuki could have an energetic presence with the group and help with outfield play, baserunning and hitting.
But nowhere in the announcement do they are saying the 44-year-old is retiring, though Suzuki is precluded from returning to the energetic roster in 2018.
Mariners: Seattle chosen RHP Erik Goeddel from Triple-A Tacoma to take Suzuki’s spot on the energetic roster. Goeddel was 1-Zero with 4 saves and a Zero.00 ERA in 9 video games with Tacoma.
A’s: RHP Daniel Mengden (2-Three, Four.68 ERA) will get the beginning for Oakland in Friday’s sequence opener at house vs. Baltimore. Mengden is 2-1 with a Three.74 ERA over his final 4 begins after going Zero-2 with a 6.55 ERA in his first two outings of the season.
Mariners: Seattle welcomes the Angels for a three-game weekend sequence, with RHP Mike Leake (Three-2, 6.48) slated to start out Friday night time’s opener. Leake bought the win in his final begin in Cleveland on April 28, going six innings and giving up 4 runs on six hits.