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A's Barton goes yard twice, Cahill earns 18th win

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SEATTLE -- At some point, Trevor Cahill will take a moment to reflect how good his 2010 season was.

On Friday night, he was just trying to accept there were no more starts to look forward to.

"It feels weird knowing I don't really have to do anything the next few days," Cahill said. "In my head I'm stuck still thinking [about] running, lifting, doing all that stuff tomorrow. It's going to be weird coming here and not having to do any of that."

Daric Barton homered in his first two at-bats, including a grand slam just inside the right-field foul pole, and Cahill pitched seven sharp innings for his 18th victory to lead the Oakland Athletics over the Seattle Mariners 9-0.

Cahill (18-8) finished the season with career bests in wins, innings, ERA and strikeouts. His 18 victories are tied for fourth-most in the American League and he lowered his ERA to 2.97.

Not bad for a pitcher who started the season at Triple-A Sacramento.

"The biggest thing I was able to finish healthy and stay strong," Cahill said. "I think the numbers are a product of a lot of things, good defense, good run support. It makes it a lot easier for me."

The numbers are pretty impressive. Cahill made just one start in April, spending most of the first month with Sacramento. Despite missing a few potential starts, Cahill is the first American League pitcher 22 or younger to win 18 or more games since Bret Saberhagen won 20 games as a 21-year-old for the 1985 Kansas City Royals.

His final outing was impressive.

Cahill threw 96 pitches through seven innings, mowing through Seattle's meager lineup that featured a number of regulars. He struck out the side looking in the second inning, part of his six strikeouts on the night.

Cahill allowed five hits -- all singles -- walked two and only once, in the seventh, did Seattle get a runner to third base.

"I think I'll still try and get better in the offseason, come in stronger, maybe a bit more refined, a year more experience under my belt," Cahill said. "Hopefully they'll pick me up and back me up just like they did this year."

Seattle was handed its 99th loss and must win its final two games to avoid dropping 100 for the second time in three years. But with the defeat, the Mariners assured themselves of having the second overall pick in next June's amateur draft.

Barton made sure of that early.

With just eight homers entering Friday, Barton jumped on a 3-2 pitch from French in the first, driving it deep into the right-field seats. An inning later, French had already allowed two runs to score and received a visit from pitching coach Carl Willis when Barton hit a 1-2 fastball for just the second grand slam of the season by the A's.

Barton's slam came after an RBI infield single by Cliff Pennington and a bases-loaded walk to Rajai Davis. Barton added an RBI double to left-center in the sixth off reliever Chris Seddon, finishing with six RBI before leaving in the seventh with a sore leg.

"Considering my numbers with the bases loaded suck it feels really good," said Barton, now 5 for 15 with the bases loaded this season. "I got a pitch up and put a good swing on it. Loved hitting one out."

Mark Ellis added an RBI single in the fourth off French (5-7), who allowed eight hits and eight earned runs in four innings, the worst of his 13 starts for the Mariners. About the only positive offensively for the Mariners was first baseman Justin Smoak extending his hitting streak to eight games, the longest run of his young career.

"All I can say is it wasn't my night. It's going to happen. It's not very fun, not the way you want to end the season," French said.

Notes

  • Seattle interim manager Daren Brown said RHP David Aardsma and 1B-DH Russell Branyan would not play in any of the final three games. Brown said it's unlikely INF Jose Lopez would do anything more than pinch-run.
  • Ichiro Suzuki (player of the year), Felix Hernandez (pitcher of the year) and Jason Vargas (unsung player of the year) were honored by the Seattle chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America before the game.
  • Oakland needs wins in the final two games to avoid a fourth straight losing season.
 
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Athletics 1B Daric Barton connects on a pair of home runs -- including a grand slam -- in his first two at-bats.  (AP)
Athletics 1B Daric Barton connects on a pair of home runs -- including a grand slam -- in his first two at-bats. (AP)

Players of the Game
Oakland

D. Barton
AB 4
R 2
H 3
HR 2
RBI 6
Oakland

T. Cahill
IP 7.0
H 5
ER 0
BB 2
K 6
 

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Oakland Athletics
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Rajai Davis, CF3221200 .283
Daric Barton, 1B4236012 .275
    Jeff Larish, 1B1000002 .185
Mark Ellis, 2B5011001 .289
Jack Cust, DH4000122 .273
Kurt Suzuki, C5110011 .242
Kevin Kouzmanoff, 3B4000001 .248
Chris Carter, LF2100200 .156
Jeremy Hermida, RF4110021 .215
Cliff Pennington, SS4221001 .253
Totals36910956  
Batting
2B - Daric Barton (33, Seddon)
HR - Daric Barton 2 (10, French, French)
RBI - Rajai Davis (52), Daric Barton 6 (57), Mark Ellis (46), Cliff Pennington (46)
2-OUT RBI - Daric Barton (19), Mark Ellis (21)
Team LOB - 5
Fielding
DP - Kouzmanoff-Ellis-Barton, Ellis-Pennington-Larish
Oakland Athletics
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Trevor Cahill (W,18-8) 7500260 2.97
Henry Rodriguez 1100010 4.50
Ross Wolf 1000210 4.26
Pitches-Strikes - Trevor Cahill 96-58, Henry Rodriguez 15-11, Ross Wolf 24-11
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Trevor Cahill 8-4, Henry Rodriguez 1-1, Ross Wolf 1-1
Batters Faced - Trevor Cahill 25, Henry Rodriguez 4, Ross Wolf 5
Seattle Mariners
HittersABRHRBIBBSOLOBAVG
Ichiro Suzuki, RF3010101 .315
    Greg Halman, PR-RF0000000 .048
Chone Figgins, 2B4000014 .261
Franklin Gutierrez, DH3000120 .246
Justin Smoak, 1B3010121 .214
Ryan Langerhans, LF3010121 .196
Josh Bard, C4000014 .213
Michael Saunders, CF4010003 .206
Matt Mangini, 3B3010001 .200
Josh Wilson, SS3010001 .229
Totals3006048  
Batting
PK - Chone Figgins (1, Cahill)
Team LOB - 7
Fielding
DP - Mangini-Figgins-Smoak
Seattle Mariners
PitchersIPHRERBBSOHRERA
Luke French (L,5-7) 4888232 4.83
Chris Seddon 3111210 5.64
Garrett Olson 1100110 4.46
Brian Sweeney 1000010 3.16
WP - Garrett Olson (3)
Pitches-Strikes - Luke French 77-52, Chris Seddon 42-25, Garrett Olson 20-12, Brian Sweeney 10-8
Ground Balls-Fly Balls - Luke French 4-5, Chris Seddon 4-3, Garrett Olson 1-1
Batters Faced - Luke French 22, Chris Seddon 11, Garrett Olson 5, Brian Sweeney 3
Game Information
Attendance - 19656
Game Time - 2:22
Temperature - 64
Umpires - Home - Paul Emmel, First Base - Bill Hohn, Second Base - Gary Darling, Third Base - Bruce Dreckman