On a bizarre Tuesday night at Safeco Field when Brendan Ryan wound up at third on an infield single and a fan dressed like Ichiro Suzuki later grabbed a ball down the right-field line while it was still in play, one very normal thing happened.
Felix Hernandez dominated the A's, as he's done throughout his career, en route to a 4-2 victory in which he shut Oakland out until third baseman Scott Sizemore's two-run home run on Hernandez's 114th and final pitch with one out in the seventh.
The reigning American League Cy Young winner gave up five hits and three walks while striking out nine while improving to 10-9 on the season. He is now 3-0 with a 1.45 ERA in four starts against Oakland this season, and 12-4 with a 2.54 ERA in 21 career starts against Seattle's AL West rivals.
Rookie left fielder Mike Carp ripped a two-run double in the first inning, and new left fielder Casper Wells -- acquired Saturday by trade from the Tigers -- launched a two-run home run in the sixth inning to provide Hernandez some needed offense.
But this one had a couple very odd moments, both on and off the field.
Ryan, the Mariners energetic shortstop, caught the A's asleep in the infield in the first inning with some heads-up baserunning, as he wound up at third base without the ball ever leaving the hands of first baseman Conor Jackson after he beat out an infield single to short.
Ryan noticed no one covering second as Jackson held the ball, so he steamed into second, then hopped up and hustled to third when no A's defenders moved over to cover that bag either.
The official scoring on the play was a single, with the runner advancing to third on a fielder's choice.
After Dustin Ackley walked, Carp doubled in both runners for the 2-0 lead.
Ackley was then involved in the oddness with an Ichiro look-a-like in the third inning when he scorched a ball just inside the bag at first. As the ball rolled down the right-field line, the fan -- who had been posing for pictures and signing autographs around Safeco Field the previous few days -- reached out and grabbed it.
Ackley was awarded a ground-rule triple on fan interference, at the umpire's discretion, while the Fake Ichiro was temporarily removed by security. According to the Mariners, the fan was later allowed to return to his seat after being informed of the rules.
The weirdness continued into the eighth inning after Mariners reliever Jeff Gray got himself into a bases-loaded jam by throwing high trying to get the lead runner at third base with one out.
Gray excavated himself from that pickle, however, by striking out Kurt Suzuki on an inside pitch that actually hit the A's catcher in the shoulder as he swung and missed. Gray then struck out Eric Sogard to end the threat and preserve the 4-2 lead.
Closer Brandon League came on for his 25th save to send the 22,576 fans home happy, including the one in the Ichiro jersey down the right-field line.