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April 20, 2007 at 9:33 PM

Angels 8, Mariners 4, final

Well ,we’ve seen this act before, haven’t we? This comeback wasn’t nearly the thriller Thursday’s game in Seattle was. But at least that game saw the Mariners with a seventh-inning lead, unlike this contest, which was over by the fifth.
Bottom line: the M’s can’t keep waiting until the ninth inning to start scoring. They had only two runs before the ninth on Thursday and tonight. Similar story in Wednesday’s game.
This was Joe Saunders on the mound tonight for the Angels, not Johan Santana. The Mariners were unlucky on a couple of balls scorched right at infielders, resulting in double plays. If those get through, the outcome may have been different. Then again, who knows? I also saw the Mariners take a few pitches, working the count to 2-0 and even 3-0 on one occasion, before swinging into outs. No use being patient and working the count if you’re going to waste it all on one swing. On occasion, maybe. But the M’s have been doing this quite a bit in recent games.
Some of us were wondering how many 3-0 counts the Mariners have already swung away on this season. They might be leading the league.
Anyhow, the Angels are a different team with Vladimir Guerrero in the lineup. They scored more runs tonight than they had in their last six games combined. The Mariners have dropped four in a row and really need Horacio Ramirez to step up tomorrow.

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