April 2, 2011

A's fall to Mariners 6-2 in Sloppy Opening Night

Second season of the Oakland Athletics. When Cy Young Award winner Felix Hernandez was at his best on night, the A's might have been at their worst. They have five mistakes or errors and managed only five hits in a complete game by Hernande.

"Just a poor night all the way around," A's manager Bob Geren said. "Too many walks, too many errors. You're not going to see that from this club very often. That's not the recipe that we need to win."

The errors were uncharacteristic for an A's team that led the AL in ERA (3.56) and shutouts (17) last season and usually wins behind solid defense and strong pitching. Oakland had 99 errors last season, fifth-best in the AL.

Hernandez (1-0) gave the A's little room for error, too.

He pitched his 14th career complete game and the majors' first this year, dazzling hitters after allowing Josh Willingham's two-run, two-out homer in the first. King Felix faced the minimum in each of the next six innings, allowing only a leadoff single to David DeJesus in the fourth before Landon Powell's base hit to begin the eighth.

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