OAKLAND — Dan Straily last appeared in a game over two weeks ago. His final spring training start was rained out.
He pitched well enough to win most games, but not well enough when the other team starts Felix Hernandez, the former Cy Young Award winner who has dominated Oakland over the years.
Hernandez took a shutout into the ninth inning and settled for a six-hitter over 8 1/3 innings as the Seattle Mariners beat the Athletics, 3-1, on Saturday.
Straily (0-1) recorded a quality start, giving up three runs on six hits over six innings. He walked one and struck out seven.
Straily was done in by two pitches, which resulted in Mariners’ home runs to Dustin Ackley and Abraham Almonte. He gave up all three runs, and four hits, in the fifth.
Jed Lowrie singled with two outs in the fourth for the A’s first hit and then hit a home run leading off the ninth to end Hernandez’s bid for a shutout. Brandon Moss also collected two hits against the Mariners’ ace.