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September 10, 2008 at 6:26 PM

Mariners hang on to win

The Mariners survived a fourth home run, a towering shot to right by Chris Davis off Miguel Batista in the eighth, and hang on to win 8-7.
J.J. Putz retired the side in the ninth for the save. Nice of his old nemesis, Ramon Vazquez, to stop running to first base when Matt Tuiasosopo snared his hard grounder. Got to love the hustle. A nice play by Tuiasosopo, but it should have been an infield hit. Anyhow, Roy Corcoran improves to 5-0. We’ll try to get him on tape for you all to hear the accent.
And oh yeah, the win by Seattle enabled the Angels to clinch their fourth AL West title in five years. Feels like they did that weeks ago, but nope, it was only today.
The last two years, the Mariners have had to watch the AL West winner celebrate clinching the division in-person. That might have happened again had the M’s not prevailed here, with a four-game series in Anaheim now coming up.
“You don’t want to have them celebrate in your face,” Putz said. “But they’ve played well all season.”
The 1-2-3 ninth for Putz was one of his rare perfect frames. It also gave him 99 career saves, putting him past Mike Schooler for second on the team’s all-time list.
“I feel pretty good right now,” Putz said. ”Unfortunately, it’s September right now. It might have been nice to throw all of the pitches in April.”
Might have been nice for everyone to do a lot more in April and May. If that had happened, the Angels might not be celebrating with 18 days to go in the season.
“You want to be the team celebrating, but you don’t want to be the team they’re celebrating on,” said Ibanez, whose three runs batted in gave him 105 for the year to go with a .310 average. “That part of it’s nice. But everybody knows the Angels were going to be celebrating anyway.”
Yes, they did.
For SweetLou in the comments thread, yes the LA Times did indeed pick the Mariners to win the division. Just like Baseball Prospectus and their PECOTA system, as we mentioned this week, picked the Indians to edge out the Tigers for the AL Central and the Yankees to win the AL East. I doubt either of those two publications will be forwarding you an apology any time soon.

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