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August 1, 2007 at 8:03 PM

Hernandez, Broussard in collision

Spoke too soon, didn’t I? Hernandez gives up the two-run homer to Garret Anderson in the seventh, making it a 5-4 game, before a Jose Guillen single in the bottom of the frame makes it a 6-4 lead for Seattle.
Some lousy defensive play by the Angels that inning contributed to the run. We also got to see Richie Sexson as a pinch-hitter that inning, striking out with two on against Darren Oliver to end the inning. No comment. Sexson is in a serious funk right now and I’m not about to pile on to his misery.
HERNANDEZ LEADS 5-2
Looks like Felix Hernandez shook that collision off in style as he carries a 5-2 lead into the seventh inning. Jered Weaver regained his composure as well, so it isn’t Game Over just yet. A colleague mentioned to manager John McLaren before the game that Hernandez seems to do well if he gets through the first few innings unscathed.
I couldn’t disagree more. In fact, the two times Hernandez came unglued on the mound last month occured with a 2-0 lead over the Orioles in the sixth and a scoreless tie in the fifth inning in Toronto. So, he isn’t completely out of the woods. But to answer a reader’s question from below, yes, I think Hernandez has maintained his composure tonight when he could have allowed that mishap with Ben Broussard to throw him off.
And yes, the throw from Ichiro in center to nail Vladimir Guerrero really did change the complexion of the game. It looked to me like Guerrero actually slid under Kenji Johjima’s tag and got his foot on the plate before he was touched. But the Angels didn’t argue, so why should I?
FELIX ON GROUND IN PAIN
Stop the presses and your heartbeats for a second. Felix Hernandez and first baseman Ben Broussard just had some big-time miscommunication and a jarring collision on the grass between the mound and first base here in the fourth inning. Hernandez lay writhing on the ground for several moments while an army of trainers, coaches and players rushed to his side. (No one seemed to care about Broussard, but he’s a big boy).
Hernandez seemed more shaken up than anything else. He’s decided to stay in the game, having just given up three staight hits and a run after entering the inning with a 5-0 lead. It’s now 5-1 with two runners in scoring position and nobody out.
But Hernandez and the M’s appear to have just dodged a serious bullet. There were shades of last April flashing before everyone’s eyes here. Like I said, it appeared he just got the wind knocked out of him. Let’s see whether the Angels capitalize and make this a ballgame. It had been a rout.

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