OAKLAND -- The Oakland Athletics record-breaking ninth consecutive Opening Day loss probably feels like a broken record for the fans. Much like a record skips, repeating the previous beat, the A's have been fed four consecutive Opening Day losses at the hands of Felix Hernandez.
King Felix was too much for the A's bats to handle as the Mariners defeated the A's 2-0. He threw 7 2/3 scoreless innings and only allowed three hits. The A's haven't won their opener since 2004.
At the Plate
Before the game, John Jaso received a gold Rolex watch from Hernandez. Jaso caught Hernandez' perfect game last season and the Mariners' ace engraved the back of the watch with "perfect game 8/15/12."
Jaso responded by snapping what could have been another perfect outing for Hernandez by hitting a double in the fourth inning. Jaso ended up being stranded in scoring position, when Hernandez retired Josh Reddick and Yoenis Cespedes with ground ball outs.
Oakland had a tough time mustering any offense against Hernandez. After being held scoreless for the first seven frames, Seth Smith recorded his second hit of the night with a double. Eric Sogard followed with a walk and Hernandez was removed from the game.
With the sellout crowd rising to their feet and waving their rally towels, Coco Crisp stepped in to face lefty Charlie Furbush and walked to load the bases. After some more managerial maneuvering on both sides, Derek Norris pinch hit for Jaso, and grounded out against righty Stephen Pryor to end the inning.
Starting Pitching Report
Brett Anderson became the first Oakland Athletics pitcher to start the season by striking out the side. He actually dispatched the first four batters of the game via swinging strikeouts.
He wouldn't record his next strikeout until the end of the fourth inning with a runner on base.
In the fifth inning, Anderson got into a jam and allowed two runs. He walked Dustin Ackley, who advanced to third on a Brenden Ryan single. Leadoff hitter Franklin Gutierrez followed with a sharp two-run single up the middle on a 3-2 slider.
Ryan was a thorn in the A's side on Monday. He reached base in all three of his plate appearances and scored a run.
Anderson finished the day allowing two earned runs on four walks and four hits. He threw 108 pitches in seven innings of work. He struck out six batters.
Reliever Chris Resop made his A's debut in the eighth inning. He pitched a scoreless inning and struck out two batters.
Jerry Blevins took the mound in the ninth and struck out the side.
In the Field
It was anything but a routine 4-6-3 putout. Jesus Montero scorched a ball up the middle that Eric Sogard made a diving stop on. As he dove for the ball, he managed to flip it toward shortstop Jed Lowrie behind second base. Lowrie was able to pick it up and throw to first for the out. It saved a run for the A's early in the game.
Sogard later made an error on a routine ball, but no harm was done as the next batter grounded into a double play.
The A's announced an attendance of 36,067.
Gold wins the Opening Day dot race. It's the first time in Athletics history that Gold has won on Opening Day.
Jarrod Parker will take the mound for the A's. Parker, 24, is 1-1 with a 5.40 ERA in two career starts against the Seattle Mariners.
He will be opposed by righty Hisashi Iwakuma. The Japanese native is 0-2 with a 6.14 ERA in two career games against the A's.