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September 21, 2007 at 6:53 PM

Mariners vs. Angels, Game 2

Mariners have blown it open here and lead 5-0 in the seventh. Jarrod Washburn is pitching his best game in a long time. The Angels have never really threatened other than the first two batters of the fourth inning getting on.
Adrian Beltre with two big hits tonight, that double in the four-run sixth by Seattle and that lined shot off the ankle of Joe Saunders to open the scoring in the fourth inning. Saunders never looked right after that.
By now, most of you have probably heard that Jorge Campillo was suspended four games for throwing that pitch behind Vladimir Guerrero’s head in last night’s sixth inning. John McLaren gets an automatic one-game suspension tonight and won’t be in the dugout. Lots of sheepish looks and comments coming out of the M’s clubhouse after the suspensions were announced.
Over on the Angels side, Mike Scioscia wasn’t backing off.
I think it’s maybe as much as the league can do, but it’s certainly not adequate for what we saw last night,” Scioscia said. “Hopefully, they’ll revisit that when a pitcher throws two baseballs at a hitter’s head-and I don’t think anyone’s going to argue how flagrant they were. Four games doesn’t cut it. The action of a pitcher should be determining factor, and the message was obvious.”
Campillo doesn’t think he did anything wrong.
“It surprised me because, No. 1, my intentions were never to hit him,” Campillo said, with pitching coach Rafael Chaves interpreting. “So, it really did surprise me.”
Campillo said he’s never had a hitter charge the mound on him before, but didn’t think Guerrero was serious about going after him.
“I never thought he was going to charge the mound,” he said. “I was surprised that he started walking forward.”
McLaren brought Campillo into his office for a chat. GM Bill Bavasi was there as well.
“Campillo’s a young kid and we’ve been harping on him to throw up and in and he certainly did,” McLaren said. “We’ve talked to him about it.”
McLaren wanted to emphasize that there’s a difference between pitching inside and throwing at someone’s head. The team, he said, in no way condones the lattter.
Kenji Johjima was called in for a meeting as well. Johjima said he was the one who called for the inside pitches, but never expected the second one to go up at Guerrero’s head. Johjima said he thought Campillo was nervous and made a mistake. More than one player said that to me today.
I can understand if that’s the case. And I certainly don’t want this to dog Campillo forever if it truly was just a rookie’s attack of nerves. But you can’t make mistakes like that too often.
Had a long chat with Kelvim Escobar before the game. His shoulder’s been bothering him the past few weeks and his numbers have headed south. He’s done in the Cy Young race because of it and knows it. But he’s skipping tomorrow’s start (Bartolo Colon will take his place) and will try to have one more outing next week before the post-season begins.
So, the M’s catch a break there, though they’ve beaten Escobar twice this season.
Some lineup changes tonight as Ben Broussard sits against lefty Joe Saunders.
3B Chone Figgins
SS Orlando Cabrera
DH Vladimi Guerrero
LF Garret Anderson
RF Juan Rivera
2B Howie Kendrick
1B Robb Quinlan
C Mike Napoli
CF Reggie Willits
LHP Joe Saunders
SEATTLE (81-71)
CF Ichiro
2B Jose Lopez
DH Raul Ibanez
RF Jose Guillen
3B Adrian Beltre
1B Jose Vidro
LF Adam Jones
C Jamie Burke
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
LHP Jarrod Washburn
HP Kerwin Danley
1B Doug Eddings
2B Mike Everitt
3B Dana DeMuth (crew chief)
Hey look! “Mel Gibson Sr.” is back on the comments board. Now all we need is “HuskyThor” and the local chapter of “America for Americans” can get its nightly meeting underway. I hear it’s an emergency session, since they may pull out of that national think-tank scheduled for Jena, La. later this month.
In other news, we’re scoreless through two innings here. Jarrod Washburn is pitching well, but it’s still early. M’s had a couple of hits off Joe Saunders in the first, but couldn’t do anything from there.

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