Yoenis Cespedes Starting To Get Comfortable With MLB

Yoenis Cespedes shook off the debut jitters and hit his first Major League home run, helping the Oakland Athletics get their first win of the 2012 season (4-1) and splitting the opening series against the Seattle Mariners in Tokyo, Japan. The big news for the A’s is that their offense showed a sign of life after scoring just one run in the first 17 innings of the season.

Cespedes signed a four year, $36 million contract after defecting from Cuba and reaching the United States via the Dominican Republic. He went 1-3 on Wednesday, and had the same number on game 2 as well, just with that home run and 2 RBIs as the bonus.

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Ichiro Suzuki was less than magical for the Mariners and the disappointed Japanese fans who came mostly for him. He went 0-4 after hitting four on opening night. Dustin Ackley was equally disappointing, going 0-4 as well. The Mariners did score first off of Justin Smoak’s home run in the 7th, but in general Bartolo Colon completely dominated, allowing only 3 hits through 8 innings before Grant Balfour got his first save of the season.

The Mariners pitching did a good job in general, although that can simply be attributed to poor hitting for most of the game from the A’s, carrying on from last season. Jason Vargas allowed only 2 hits and 1 run in his 6.1 innings, striking out three hitters.

Jesus Montero got his first hit as a Seattle Mariners players, continuing his role as the DH, finishing with 1-3 and striking out once. All of Oakland’s runs came through home runs – Josh Reddick hit one in the 7th as well, the only player with multiple hits on the day, Jonny Gomes hitting another one in the 8th.