On April 19, 1981, at the Kingdome, Billy ball prevails as the Oakland Athletics set a modern day record for the most consecutive wins to start a season. Mike Norris goes 6+ in the A’s 6-1 win over the Mariners. Ricky Henderson goes 2-4 with a triple and 2 RBI’s.  Giving them their 11th straight victory.

Fireworks erupted in the 2nd, Lenny Randle is ejected by HP umpire Bremigan for fighting; Randle thought he had been dusted so he yelled at pitcher; catcher Newman took offense and tackled Randle; both benches cleared; Randle ejected and Norris was held down by teammate Dave who sat on him

The Opening Day winning streak will be extended to 12 next season with a 3-2 walk-off victory over California at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

The Atlanta Braves will surpass the mark a year later by opening the season with 13 consecutive wins.

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Oakland Athletics 6, Seattle Mariners 1 (1)

Game Played on Sunday, April 19, 1981 (D) at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum

SEA A    0  0  0    0  0  1    0  0  0  -   1  6  3
OAK A    0  0  2    3  0  0    1  0  x  -   6  6  0
BOX+PBP
WP: Norris (3-0)
LP: Abbott (0-3)

Play by Play

 
MARINERS 1ST: Cruz singled to center; Cruz stole second; Simpson
grounded out (second to first); Bochte was hit by a pitch; Zisk
grounded out (third to first) [Cruz to third, Bochte to second];
Gray reached on a fielder’s choice [Bochte out at third (third
unassisted)]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Mariners 0, Athletics 0.

ATHLETICS 1ST: Henderson flied out to center; Murphy flied out
to right; Revering struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Mariners
0, Athletics 0.

MARINERS 2ND: Paciorek grounded out (shortstop to first); EDLER
BATTED FOR RANDLE; Edler walked; Randle ejected by HP umpire
Bremigan for fighting; Randle thought he had been dusted so he
yelled at pitcher; catcher Newman took offense and tackled
Randle; both benches cleared; Randle ejected and Norris was held
down by teammate Dave who sat on him;
Auerbach flied out to
left; Edler stole second; Bulling struck out; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 1
LOB. Mariners 0, Athletics 0.

ATHLETICS 2ND: EDLER STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING 3B); Gross flied
out to right; Armas singled to center; Page grounded into a
double play (second to shortstop to first) [Armas out at
second]; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Mariners 0, Athletics 0.

MARINERS 3RD: Cruz grounded out (third to first); Simpson struck
out; Bochte flied out to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Mariners
0, Athletics 0.

ATHLETICS 3RD: Babitt walked; Newman reached on a fielder’s
choice on a sacrifice bunt [Babitt to third (error by Edler)];
Picciolo reached on a fielder’s choice [Babitt out at home
(pitcher to catcher), Newman to second]; Henderson tripled to
center [Newman scored, Picciolo scored]; Murphy popped to first
in foul territory; Revering grounded out (first unassisted); 2
R, 1 H, 1 E, 1 LOB. Mariners 0, Athletics 2.

MARINERS 4TH: Zisk singled to right; Gray forced Zisk (shortstop
to second); Paciorek flied out to left; Edler popped to third in
foul territory; 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Mariners 0, Athletics 2.

ATHLETICS 4TH: Gross grounded out (third to first); Armas
reached on an error by Edler; Page walked [Armas to second];
Babitt flied out to center; Newman doubled to left [Armas scored
(unearned), Page scored (unearned)]; Picciolo reached on an
error by Auerbach [Newman scored (unearned) (no RBI)]; Henderson
grounded out (shortstop to first); 3 R (0 ER), 1 H, 2 E, 1 LOB.
Mariners 0, Athletics 5.

MARINERS 5TH: Auerbach flied out to center; Bulling was hit by a
pitch; Cruz struck out; Simpson flied out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 1 LOB. Mariners 0, Athletics 5.

ATHLETICS 5TH: Murphy grounded out (second to first); Revering
grounded out (first unassisted); Gross flied out to right; 0 R,
0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB. Mariners 0, Athletics 5.

MARINERS 6TH: Bochte grounded out (pitcher to first); Zisk
singled to shortstop; Gray singled to left [Zisk to second];
Paciorek singled to center [Zisk to third, Gray to second];
Edler hit a sacrifice fly to center [Zisk scored]; Auerbach
flied out to left; 1 R, 3 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Mariners 1, Athletics
5.

ATHLETICS 6TH: Armas doubled to left; Page walked; Babitt out on
a sacrifice bunt (third to second) [Armas to third, Page to
second]; Newman reached on a fielder’s choice [Armas out at home
(third to catcher), Page to third]; Picciolo made an out to
first; Mike Norris left game due to numbness in his right
hand and a stiff left shoulder; these injuries were suffered in
the second inning brawl;
0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 2 LOB. Mariners 1,
Athletics 5.

MARINERS 7TH: MINETTO REPLACED NORRIS (PITCHING); Bulling
walked; Cruz flied out to left; HENDERSON BATTED FOR SIMPSON;
Henderson struck out; Bochte grounded out (third to first); 0 R,
0 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Mariners 1, Athletics 5.

ATHLETICS 7TH: HENDERSON STAYED IN GAME (PLAYING CF); Henderson
doubled to left; Murphy struck out; Revering singled to center
[Henderson scored]; Gross flied out to right; Armas walked
[Revering to second]; Page flied out to center; 1 R, 2 H, 0 E, 2
LOB. Mariners 1, Athletics 6.

MARINERS 8TH: JONES REPLACED MINETTO (PITCHING); Zisk singled to
right; Gray struck out; Paciorek struck out; Edler forced Zisk
(shortstop to second); 0 R, 1 H, 0 E, 1 LOB. Mariners 1,
Athletics 6.

ATHLETICS 8TH: DRAGO REPLACED ABBOTT (PITCHING); Babitt grounded
out (shortstop to first); Newman popped to catcher in foul
territory; Picciolo flied out to right; 0 R, 0 H, 0 E, 0 LOB.
Mariners 1, Athletics 6.

MARINERS 9TH: Auerbach popped to catcher in foul territory;
Bulling flied out to center; Cruz flied out to left; 0 R, 0 H, 0
E, 0 LOB. Mariners 1, Athletics 6.

Final Totals R H E LOB
Mariners 1 6 3 9
Athletics 6 6 0 6