The Seattle Mariners have started the 2011 major league baseball season with a 6-2 win at Oakland over the hosting Athletics.  Mariner ace Felix Hernandez threw the first season opening complete game in team history.  After a shaky first inning when he gave up a home run to A’s new cleanup hitter, Josh Willingham, Hernandez was strong though the rest of the game – not giving up any more runs and only allowing 5 hits in the game.

Mariner third baseman Chone Figgins came up big and homered in the sixth, giving the M’s the lead for good at 3-2.  M’s all-star lead off man Ichiro Suzuki went 2 for 4 with a walk , rbi, run scored and two stolen bases.  Catcher Miguel Olivo caught a nice game and went 2-5 with a walk, rbi and scored a run.

Center fielder Ryan Langerhans and Milton Bradley both had tough openers.  Langerhans went 0-5 with 4 strikeouts and Milton went 0-4 with a walk.  Mariner fans are hoping they bounce back tomorrow and contribute to an offensive barrage.

 

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