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September 22, 2007 at 12:48 PM

Mariners vs. Angels, Game 3

There were two on and one-out in the ninth for Vladimir Guerrero facing J.J. Putz. in a 3-1 game, Seattle in the lead. The entire stadium was on its feet anticipating a walk-off blast for the division title. But Putz gets a groundout from Guerrero that scores one run, sending the tying marker to second. Garret Anderson now up.
Miguel Batista’s wildness came back to haunt him in the sixth inning, allowing that runner to reach base on the strikeout. A run scored on an infield hit that frame when Batista was a tad late covering first. Eric O’Flaherty did a great job of escaping the bases-loaded, one-out situation. Not the first time he’s done that this year.
The Rally Monkey just appeared on the scoreboard here in the seventh after a leadoff single by Chone Figgins. Cha Seung Baek came in and got one out, which is where things stand with Figgins at first.
M’S UP 3-0
Interesting contrast between the two starting pitchers today as the Mariners carry a 3-0 lead into the sixth inning. Miguel Batista allowed his usual plethora of baserunners in the first three innings, but somehow survived it all by notching a pair of double-plays. Four more walks by Batista in the first five innings. But the Angels have no runs so far.
Then, you’ve got Bartolo Colon, who breezed through the first seven batters before allowing a hit. He quickly erased that on a double play. From there, though, it’s been mostly downhill. Colon allowed hits to six of the next nine batters he faced, giving up two in the fourth and another in the fifth. Adrian Beltre and Ben Broussard had an RBI single and double respectively in that inning, while Ichiro singled home another run the next frame.
Los Angeles has not scored a run off Seattle pitching in the last 16 innings.
NOTE: (1:15 p.m.) First pitch now scheduled for 1:45 p.m.
We’re going to be in a rain delay situation to start this one. The skies opened up about a half-hour ago and it was an absolute deluge. It doesn’t rain much here during baseball season — hardly ever. And the weather problems have been compunded by this year’s entry for the World’s Worst Grounds Crew. The crew members stood around staring at one another as a steady rain fell for about 10 minutes. Perhaps someone had to find the stadium blueprints to figure out where the tarpaulin is kept? Who knows?
By the time anyone began getting the tarp out, the steady rain turned torrential. The poor crew members tried desperately to unfurl the tarp, but all the water on it made it impossible to pull over the field — even with help from security staff. They finally had to roll the tarp backwards, dumping all the water into the outfield, before pulling it forward again.
They managed to cover most of the infield except for the dirt along the first base line and around the bag. There is now a ton of dirt and sand being poured over the entire infield dirt area to try to soak up the muddy water. Looks like a real mess. The tarp is off, since the rain has stopped. In all, less than a half-hour of rain. But the slow actions of the crew, inexperienced with rain, will likely delay this game at least a half-hour, maybe more.
Adrian Beltre is the DH today. He’s had a sore throwing shoulder for a while now and it was time for a rest. That throw he made last night didn’t look good.
Looks like Jorge Campillo has made himself a lifelong fan club in Anaheim. Or maybe not. The Halos Heaven blog site has “sponsored” the Jorge Campillo page over at the Baseball Reference site. A little disappointed in both, to be honest with you. Not as much the fan site. As with any fans, they tend to get riled up and make enemies out of opposing players who do stuff they don’t like. Not the most mature thing to do, but hey, whatever turns your crank I guess. I’m more disappointed with the folks at Baseball Reference for “approving” the Spanish message. I’m not going to translate, but for the record, it says:
Campillo buscando por la cabeza de Vladimir Guerrero, porque Campillo no tiene cessos.
You figure it out. Halos Heaven boasts about its “coup” in this morning’s blog entry. If you wonder why ballclubs don’t tend to take some of these sites very seriously, now you have an answer. Yes, there are sites like USS Mariner and Lookout Landing that do some very scientific, highly-detailed studies worth noticing. But unfortunately, they tend to get lumped in with all these other blogs that just drag everyone down. Hey, don’t get me wrong. I think what they did is kind of funny in a high school sophomore sort of way. But nowadays, anyone can publish something for mass consumption. Doesn’t mean they all have to be taken seriously. So, if you want your Angels laughs, I’ve now shown you where to go. Want something a little more serious that folks in the game pay attention to? You might have to look elsewhere.
The lineups:
RF Chone Figgins
SS Orlando Cabrera
DH Vladimir Guerrero
LF Garret Anderson
1B Casey Kotchman
3B Maicer Izturis
CF Gary Matthews Jr.
2B Howie Kendrick
C Jeff Mathis
RHP Bartolo Colon
SEATTLE (82-71)
CF Ichiro
DH Adrian Beltre
LF Rauil Ibanez
RF Jose Guillen
1B Ben Broussard
C Kenji Johjima
2B Jose Lopez
3B Willie Bloomquist
SS Yuniesky Betancourt
RHP Miguel Batista
HP Doug Eddings
1B Mike Everitt
2B Dana DeMuth (crew chief)
3B Kerwin Danley

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