The notables from yesterday’s action in baseball….
Seattle Mariners 6, Oakland Athletics 2
The A’s got a 2-run home run in the first inning by Josh Willingham, but nothing for the remainder of the ballgame. Felix Hernandez roared out to a 1 and 0 start on the year by going the distance, striking out five and walking no one. Ichiro stole two bases and was caught trying to swipe a third. Chone Figgins got his possible rebound year started off on the right foot with a solo blast.
Arizona DiamondBacks 7, ColoradoRockies 6 (11)
Ubaldo Jimenez had a tough start, only striking out one. Justin Upton and Miguel Montero took Jimenez deep, and Gerardo Parra scored on a wild pitch in the top of the 11th to set J.J. Putz up for his first save of the season. Carlos Gonzalez had three hits in a losing effort.
Los Angeles Dodgers 4, San Francisco Giants 3
Brandon Belt hit a three run home run off Chad Billingsley–the first of his career–to put the Giants up 3 to 1 early. A costly error by Pablo Sandoval again allowed the Dodgers to reclaim the lead and the Giants would not recover as Jonathan Broxton picked up his second save in as many tries. The Dodgers are 2-0 to start the season for Don Mattingly.
Florida Marlins 6, New York Mets 2
Josh Johnson had a no-hitter through 6 innings until Willie Harris doubled. Johnson would hold on to get the win by going 6 and 2/3 innings and only allowing 3 hits and 2 runs. Mike Stanton left the game early with a tight hamstring. The big offensive blast of the game was a grand slam by John Buck off Mike Pelfrey.
Pittsburgh Pirates 6, Chicago Cubs 3
Neil Walker hit a grand slam and doubled, Andrew McCutchen had a couple of hits and 2 RBI; and at least for a day everything went as it should for the Pirates as they opened the season with a win at Wrigley. Kevin Correia was solid in out-dueling Ryan Dempster, going 6 innings and allowing 2 earned runs on 7 hits allowed.