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March 23, 2007 at 1:57 PM

Felix’s day going downhill fast

Felix Hernandez gave up a leadoff single to Garret Anderson in the fourth, then threw a first-pitch ball to Shea Hillenbrand. At that point, head trainer Rick Griffin and pitching coach Rafael Chaves sprinted out to the mound. They conversed with Hernandez for a few moments, the pitcher kicking dirt around in the meantime, before heading back to the dugout. Hernandez fell behind 3-1 in the count to Hillenbrand and then yielded a line drive double that Jeremy Reed couldn’t corral in center. Casey Kotchman then worked the count full and hit a flare that dropped into center for a two-run single.
It’s now 4-2 for the Angels, but the more important question is whether anything is wrong with Hernandez. If the team suspected anything, he wouldn’t be out there. We’ll see if he comes back for the fifth.
MARINERS 9, ANGELS 4, TOP 5TH
Seattle’s bats just erupted for a seven-spot in the bottom of the fourth, punctuated by a two-base error by Angels right fielder Vladimir Guerrero, who twice failed to pick up a Jeremy Reed single. Adrian Beltre stepped up after that a belted a two-run homer to left center on the very first pitch to cap a wild inning that featured two more hits by Jose Guillen in the same frame.
Guillen started things off with a double down the left field line. Ben Broussard then walked and Yuniesky Betancourt singled to score Guillen. Mike Morse flied out to right, but Jose Lopez — no, Willie Bloomquist is not taking his job — singled to left. A charging Broussard rounded third and made a strong, hard slide into catcher Mike Napoli to score a tying run. Betancourt alertly took third on the throw and — after a walk (!) to Rene Rivera — scored a go-ahead run when a potential double-play grounder by Ichiro (though it’s hardly ever a double play when he’s running) became just a 4-6 fielder’s choice after a high throw to second.
That gave Seattle the lead, at 5-4. Reed then hit his single that tied Guerrero in knots, scoring two more runs on the two-base error, before Beltre unloaded on John Lackey. Guillen notched his third hit of the day, a single. Boy, can’t wait to see him face the Angels 19 times a season. The Mariners sent 11 to the plate in the inning.
Hernandez came back out in the bottom of the frame and just gave up a leadoff single to Erick Aybar. But at least he’s not hurt. Will find out later what happened.

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