Let's set the stage here. Felix didn't have his best stuff (or any stuff, really), was probably left in too long, and the Mariners almost coughed up a walk-off loss. Instead, they scramble in extra innings for a huge win, guaranteeing they will escape Oakland with a series win, and a chance to sweep with Erasmo Ramirez on the mound.
The A's are in rough shape. Not only is Coco Crisp out for the day with a neck injury after slamming in the outfield wall, Ryan Cook is out with something, and the A's were forced to use FIVE relievers in the first game. Now they'll turn to Drew Pomeranz, who's only expected to throw about 75 pitches. He's been effective as a reliever this year, but he's been a fairly big bust as a starter through his short MLB career. Jim Johnson is available in relief, but he's pitched two of the last three days, and that leaves Arnold Leon and that's it before the A's must recycle pitchers.
If this one gets out of hand in Seattle's favor, things could get ugly/awesome in a hurry. The Mariners don't want to use Dominic Leone, so they're thin as well, just not quite as thin as Oakland.
Erasmo Ramirez is on the hill following a solid start in Tacoma last week, going 5 1/3 with 5 hits, 1 earned run, and 8 strikeouts over 106 pitches.
It's a strange reminder, but this game counts just as much as the first. No lineups quite yet, but they'll be edited in as soon as they're available.
1. Michael Saunders (CF)
2. Stefen Romero (RF)
3. Robinson Cano (DH)
4. Justin Smoak (1B)
5. Cole Gillespie (LF)
6. Kyle Seager (3B)
7. Willie Bloomquist (2B)
8. John Buck (C)
9. Brad Miller (SS)