Game 1: Mariners vs. Oakland @ Tokyo

marc w · March 28, 2012 at 12:13 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Opening Day of 2012. I know it’s tougher to get excited about the game when it’s on at 3am, when we’ve got more spring training games to slog through and when it’s only March 27th. Er, 28th. But opening day is still opening day, and Felix is still Felix.

Here’s the first M’s line-up of the season:
1: Figgins (no, stay awake, it gets better)
2: Ackley (2b)
3: Ichiro! (RF)
4: Smoak (1B)
5: Montero (DH)
6: Carp (LF)
7: Olivo (C)
8: Saunders (CF)
9: Ryan (SS)
SP: KING FELIX

The M’s face off against Brandon McCarthy, twitter superstar and 2011 league leader in FIP. Yoenis Cespedes gets the start in CF, but hits 9th. Seth Smith, the OF acquired from Colorado for Guillermo Moscoso starts in the clean-up spot and plays DH. The name the A’s have selected to get the start today from their impressive collection of AAAA 1Bs is…Brandon Allen. Eric Sogard gets the start at 3B ahead of Josh Donaldson, which is funny because Eric Sogard gets an opening day start.
GO M’S! I NEED CAFFEINE!

UPDATE: This isn’t exactly news, but, for the good of the order: the M’s have moved Franklin Gutierrez and Adam Moore to the 15-day disable list.

Feel free to use the comments of this as the game thread, or follow along with Dave’s commentary in CoverItLive below.

Comments

93 Responses to “Game 1: Mariners vs. Oakland @ Tokyo”

  1. The_Waco_Kid on March 28th, 2012 12:22 am

    Wow, we are all crazy for staying up.

  2. KevinPmoorE on March 28th, 2012 12:36 am

    I am getting the coffee on now, Big Bang Theory season 4 is going to get me through for the next couple hours…Then headed to Emerald Queen to watch, OPENING DAY BABY!!! :) :) :) GO M’s! FELIX!

    It’s opening day!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. olof on March 28th, 2012 1:36 am

    Apparently, SeatGeek thinks this game is in Australia: http://seatgeek.com/tokyo-dome-tickets/

  4. SonOfZavaras on March 28th, 2012 1:59 am

    Wow, we are all crazy for staying up.

    Yep, call me Mr. Nutters. I’m gonna be watching at home.

    PREDICTION: Jesus Montero goes yard tonight.

  5. ABP52380 on March 28th, 2012 2:08 am

    Question, and I’ve only 55 minutes to confirm this. I live in Cali and thus bought the MLB TV package to catch the games. I don’t get root sports here. Am I correct in that I cannot watch the game live? My understanding is that mlbtv will tape delay the game. WTF?? If I’m missing something please let me know.

  6. ABP52380 on March 28th, 2012 2:09 am

    Oh and I went on nike.com today and customized a mariners hoodie with monteros name and number on the back! I’m stoked!

  7. greentunic on March 28th, 2012 2:13 am

    I know it’s tougher to get excited about the game when it’s on at 3am

    I beg to differ!

    1: Figgins (no, stay awake, it gets better)

    Haha! Classic!

    I’m so stoked! Finally some baseball again. Super excited to see the unique setting too. Hopefully the M’s will have a de facto homefield advantage with their Japanese fanbase too.

  8. MrZDevotee on March 28th, 2012 2:27 am

    35 minutes… Couldn’t stay asleep long enough… Been awake the past 45 minutes… Getting ready for hot dogs and peanuts at 3am! Go M’s!

    Oh, and I’ll add to this one:

    “PREDICTION: Jesus Montero goes yard tonight.”

    PREDICTION 2: USS Mariner fans go yawn tonight.

    Okay, okay… But seriously: Ackley hits for the cycle, first time of his someday record total in MLB history.

    (Raise your hand if you’ll also probably watch the replay tonight, too. *laugh*)

  9. Slats on March 28th, 2012 2:35 am

    Game starts at 9pm here in Australia which is perfect for me!

  10. Carson on March 28th, 2012 2:35 am

    The PI screw is a couple blocks from the park, IVs inserted with caffeine flowing.

  11. greentunic on March 28th, 2012 2:38 am

    No 30 minute pregame show?? On Opening Day? That’s just unacceptable.

  12. spankystout on March 28th, 2012 2:39 am

    Mariners are back! Yay. Now let’s hope Felix was worth the long evening.

  13. Mariners35 on March 28th, 2012 2:43 am

    TV on. Sound off. Closed captions on. Fiance and cat, asleep beside me. King’s Court shirt on. Gameday audio stream and like a dozen different browser tabs, poised.

    I am a dork.

  14. KiWiNiNjA on March 28th, 2012 2:46 am

    Baseball at 11pm. Weird.

  15. Mariners101.com on March 28th, 2012 3:03 am

    Figgins bound to lead off with a triple.. odds are he’s due

  16. okinawadave on March 28th, 2012 3:06 am

    Anybody else watching this in Japan? This is my first M’s game in primetime in over five years.

  17. KevinPmoorE on March 28th, 2012 3:08 am

    YES!! I am so happy! M’s return with the best record in MLB by 2 games…awwww baseball. I dream of next year with a good lineup and a starting staff of FELIX!, Hultzen, Paxton, Ramirez, Walker…And will have fun watching our young hitters take a huge stride this year.

  18. Slats on March 28th, 2012 3:10 am

    Figlet lol.

  19. Slats on March 28th, 2012 3:14 am

    Ichiro!

  20. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 3:18 am

    I don’t know about anyone else, but the live blog isn’t working for me.

  21. imiz11 on March 28th, 2012 3:18 am

    nice to see ichiro start out with a classic ichiro hit! any chance we see kawasaki this game?

  22. MrZDevotee on March 28th, 2012 3:19 am

    Anyone else feel the odd sensation of the crowd not being as mic’ed up and “overhyped” on the Japanese coverage as they get in our broadcasts (the audio/video is a Japanese feed). It’s an eerie silence, comparatively, to our overcompressed, over loud audio. Even the cheering is very quiet, relative to Roots broadcasts.

  23. ZVAZDA on March 28th, 2012 3:21 am

    Long live the King! And welcome back, gang.

  24. Paul B on March 28th, 2012 3:24 am

    I woke up early to see the game, but missed Figgins’ at bat, luckily.

    I think Blowers and Sims are doing a good job, considering.

  25. Paul B on March 28th, 2012 3:27 am

    Felix!

    Looking good.

  26. MrZDevotee on March 28th, 2012 3:31 am

    Montero fitting right in as a middle of the order Mariner bat.

    Swings at the first pitch, grounds out gently to third.

    (McCarthy is good, granted…)

  27. zzyzx on March 28th, 2012 3:32 am

    Looks like the same old lineup.

    …the /ridiculous-overreaction tag didn’t show up which ruined the joke.

  28. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 3:34 am

    What was that, 5 total pitches to the middle of the order? Geez

  29. Paul B on March 28th, 2012 3:34 am

    Why does it have to be the A’s?

    Gonna get a bowl of cereal. I may doze off, but maybe not.

  30. Adlerhorst on March 28th, 2012 3:34 am

    Baseball at 11am. Nice.

  31. Mariners35 on March 28th, 2012 3:35 am

    This game will be over quick enough for me to work in a nap before work, at this rate.

  32. Arron on March 28th, 2012 3:37 am

    I’m skipping my morning workout to “watch” this on ESPN Gamecast…

    I have the season ticket with Direct TV, but Root isn’t part of it…

    Glad as a loyal customer thats given the evil Direct TV thousands of dollars over the years that I get rewarded by looking at dots and player pics instead of watching the game live…

  33. greentunic on March 28th, 2012 3:39 am

    Game of Thrones commercials on Gameday between Mariners innings. I’m in heaven.

  34. Paul B on March 28th, 2012 3:40 am

    I have DirecTV and it includes Root.

  35. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 3:40 am

    Think back to the final game last season…. who would have guessed Figgins and Saunders would be starting the opening game this year?

  36. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 3:41 am

    Condor!

  37. ZVAZDA on March 28th, 2012 3:42 am

    I’m watching on my Xbox and it is super sexy. I live in NYC and I can’t remember the last time I got to watch Felix’s curveball.

  38. Paul B on March 28th, 2012 3:42 am

    Saunders with a hit!

    Is this swing at the first pitch thing just because McCarthy is pitching? Or is this the Wedge influence?

  39. SonOfZavaras on March 28th, 2012 3:43 am

    Condor knock! Condor bag! I’m happy. I’m really pulling for this guy.

  40. texasmarinerfan on March 28th, 2012 3:43 am

    CONDOR!

  41. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 3:43 am

    There’s some horrible base running.

  42. Paul B on March 28th, 2012 3:44 am

    Oh man. First out at third.

  43. MrZDevotee on March 28th, 2012 3:45 am

    Michael… Michael… Michael… 1 step forward, two steps back…

    AND… Brendan Ryan? Wha?

    Nice inning, boys. *sigh*

  44. Paul B on March 28th, 2012 3:47 am

    What a disappointing inning.

  45. SonOfZavaras on March 28th, 2012 3:47 am

    Figgins pulling the bat back on a bunt attempt.

    Damn it, Figlet. PART of the bunt is to PROTECT YOUR EFFING RUNNER.

    Nimrod.

  46. MrZDevotee on March 28th, 2012 3:48 am

    Bummer ’cause Saunders out at 3rd was most likely a hit for Ryan, otherwise… Then we have Figgins sacrificing, and Ackley and Ichiro with RBI opportunities.

    Could be 2-0 without much effort right there.

    Dammit.

  47. Paul B on March 28th, 2012 3:50 am

    Oakland A’s. The San Diego Padres of the American League.

  48. MrZDevotee on March 28th, 2012 3:51 am

    Seattle Mariners. The Houston Astros of the American League.

    (until the Houston Astros become the Houston Astros of the American League next year)

  49. Paul B on March 28th, 2012 3:52 am

    Houston doesn’t have a Felix. Or an Ichiro.

  50. SonOfZavaras on March 28th, 2012 3:53 am

    Can anybody get any Pitch F/X info on how hard Felix is throwing? Can’t tell, and apparently the Tokyo Dome doesn’t have a stadium gun.

  51. ZVAZDA on March 28th, 2012 3:56 am

    Nice thing about the XBOX coverage (probably all mlb.tv) is the lack of commercials. Can leave the room during the commercials and immediately be alerted when the game is back on by the addition of audio.

  52. zzyzx on March 28th, 2012 3:56 am

    ACKLEY!!!!

  53. MrZDevotee on March 28th, 2012 3:56 am

    Paul-
    OR, an Ackley!

  54. Slats on March 28th, 2012 3:56 am

    Ack Attack!

  55. Paul B on March 28th, 2012 3:57 am

    I don’t think Houston has an Ackley, either.

  56. MrZDevotee on March 28th, 2012 3:58 am

    Ichiro’s back! 2-for-2, all infield hits…

  57. texasmarinerfan on March 28th, 2012 3:58 am

    ACKLEY!

  58. MrZDevotee on March 28th, 2012 3:59 am

    Memo to Mr. Saunders and Mr. Ryan:
    When Ackley and Ichiro are coming up behind you, kindly refrain from RUNNING OUT OF AN INNING!

    Thx,
    The fans

  59. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 4:00 am

    Would love to see Montero get his first hit here.

  60. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 4:02 am

    That was pretty well hit, just didn’t fall fast enough.

  61. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 4:02 am

    Damn. Well, one run should still be enough with Felix pitching.

  62. MrZDevotee on March 28th, 2012 4:03 am

    re: Montero-

    Just nice to see someone hit something to opposite field from the right side of the plate– I’ll give him an A- for effort there.

  63. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 4:10 am

    Yeah, Montero’s the real-deal. Ackley is as well. I still believe he’ll (Ackley) break the record for most cycles hit.

  64. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 4:13 am

    Yeah, weird season already…. Olivo with an infield single.

  65. ZVAZDA on March 28th, 2012 4:15 am

    BLISTERINGLY fast Olivo! (Actually was a little surprised how quickly he got down the line)

  66. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 4:15 am

    Not so sure Saunders didn’t beat-out that double play.

  67. MrZDevotee on March 28th, 2012 4:28 am

    Note: Figgins is hitting over .300!!! When’s the last time you could say that?

    Weird year so far. (Trade him!)

  68. MrZDevotee on March 28th, 2012 5:09 am

    (UPDATE)

    Note: Figgins is hitting over .200!!! When’s the last time you could say that?

    Weird year so far. (Trade him!)

  69. bug on March 28th, 2012 5:09 am

    Nice to have a ball game to listen to with my morning coffee. Now, what for breakfast?

  70. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 5:13 am

    Not sure where Root Sports got their figures on the worlds largest cities, but I can tell you they are a bit inflated (Sao Paulo for example, has about 12 million, not 20). Maybe they can do that with Mariner batting averages though? We might find a suitor for Figgins if he’s hitting .858

  71. djw on March 28th, 2012 5:19 am

    Are Felix (and McCarthy) getting squeezed as much as gamecast seems to be suggesting?

  72. ZVAZDA on March 28th, 2012 5:22 am

    djw – there haven’t been any calls that I’ve been outraged about, but there are many that look like strikes that could have gone the other way.

    The King rides high!!!

  73. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 5:22 am

    What the hell was that?! Ichiro driving the ball deep to the opposite field?!

  74. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 5:24 am

    I hope they can manage a run here. Really don’t wanna see extra innings.

  75. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 5:28 am

    This is all-too familiar.

  76. zzyzx on March 28th, 2012 5:40 am

    It was so weird having a game on the radio on my early morning drive into work. Now I’m parked in our cafeteria in front of the tv with my laptop…

    The things I do to watch a bad team…

  77. ZVAZDA on March 28th, 2012 5:42 am

    It felt like Fuentes got a lot of help from the Ump that inning. Gamecasters?

  78. leon0112 on March 28th, 2012 5:42 am

    No base runners since sixth inning. Offense remains pathetic.

  79. djw on March 28th, 2012 5:58 am

    Ackley!

  80. ZVAZDA on March 28th, 2012 5:58 am

    C’mon boys!!!!

  81. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 6:02 am

    How fitting would it be, for Ichiro to drive in the winning run?

  82. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 6:02 am

    Well, go-ahead run.

  83. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 6:04 am

    Ichiro again!

  84. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 6:05 am

    That could be the weirdest RBI we’ll see all season. That should count as a base hit and a sacrifice!

  85. Paul B on March 28th, 2012 6:08 am

    I snoozed from the 4th to the 11th, but it was OK because all the hitters seemed to have done the same.

    Gotta ask, though, about the Mariner baserunning.

  86. stevemotivateir on March 28th, 2012 6:11 am

    I had fallen asleep and misread the score. I can use the 5-6am excuse this time, but I’m almost certain there will be a few more games at regular time, where I do the same.

  87. MrZDevotee on March 28th, 2012 6:15 am

    You guys fell asleep– oh man, you missed the Dragon dancing in the infield to YMCA after the 6th inning, and the ghost of Ted Williams acting out scenes from the Bill Murray movie “Lost in Translation”…

    (I kid)

    1-0, boys. Go M’s!

  88. Dennisss on March 28th, 2012 6:15 am

    Could some kind soul tell me how Ackley scored from second on an infield hit? I’m just looking at the play-by-play…

  89. ZVAZDA on March 28th, 2012 6:16 am

    Alright guys, 161 to go.

  90. Milendriel on March 28th, 2012 6:20 am

    Dennisss: It was actually a single up the middle to the CF. The throw home was cut off by the pitcher and Ichiro was caught in a rundown trying to advance to second.

  91. asuray on March 28th, 2012 6:20 am

    Kawasaki is the new Mike Sweeney. I don’t care if he hits .150 (in limited playing time) as long as he keeps everyone else happy and upbeat.

  92. Paul B on March 28th, 2012 6:26 am

    There were zero walks in this game.

    I guess that answers the question someone had about whether the pitchers were getting squeezed.

  93. Dennisss on March 28th, 2012 6:39 am

    Thanks Milindriel. Ackley’s the hero, but the Japanese fans must have been in seventh heaven watching Ichiro put up 4 hits.

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