won his fifth straight opening day start and the Mariners took down the defending A.L. West Champion Oakland Athletics 2-0 in their' season opener at the Coliseum.
This win also snapped a seven-game losing streak against the A's and obviously gives Seattle fans all sorts of good feelings about the potential for the season.
The Mariners' offense was still the Mariners' offense, however, as Seattle could muster 5 hits - but keep in mind this is against Oakland's ace Brett Anderson. Franklin Gutierrez used a two-RBI single in the fifth to notch the only runs on the scoreboard. It was good to see him do something on opening day after what feels like years of a health problems.
Seattle did get out of a bases-loaded jam in the eighth and Tom Wilhelmsen shut the door on the A's in the ninth. Oakland finished with just 3 hits.
Now there are just 161 games to go. Still, it was a nice start to the season and now we'll see how the retooled pitching staff behind Felix does. Keep in mind that Seattle has had a knack for having a good season and then a dismal season... so we'll see if they can buck that trend this year. It's definitely a newer look team and fans (20,000 of them who showed up to Safeco Field to watch the game on the Mariners Vision jumbo tron) should be a little excited about them.
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