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April 14, 2009 at 6:32 PM

Los Angeles Angels at Mariners: 04/14 game thread

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The Mariners can’t continue to walk guys and hope to get away with it. It’s a trend that began in spring training and has continued into the regular season. Roy Corcoran walked a pair with two out in the 10th, but got a groundout by Mike Napoli to escape. Bobby Abreu led the inning off with a cheap single rolled up the middle, but Vladimir Guerrero grounded into a 5-4-3 double-play. That’s five walks — one intentional — the last three innings by this bullpen. We’ll see if they need to work another frame. Mark Lowe is due out to the mound next if this goes into the 11th. And he’s had command issues before.
6:21 p.m.: And we’ve got our first extra-inning game of the year, with Roy Corcoran now on to pitch the 10th. Kenji Johjima gave the ball a ride in the ninth, but it hung up in the cold air and died in center field. On a hot day, who knows?
6:11 p.m.: Brandon Morrow put two on in the ninth, but got Howie Kendrick to ground into a force at second. The M’s are sticking with lefty Russell Branyan even though southpaw Darren Oliver remains on the mound. One swing can end this one and Branyan, if he can make contact this time, is as good a bet as any to do that.
6:01 p.m.: What a shutdown job by Angels lefty Darren Oliver, who retired seven of the eight hitters he faced after coming on with one out in the sixth inning. Oliver just struck out the side in the eighth, so we’re on to the ninth with the score tied 2-2.
David Aardsma walked a pair of batters — one intentionally — to load the bases in the top of the eighth, but then got a first-pitch popout by Kendry Morales to escape unscathed. Brandon Morrow is now on to work the ninth.
5:38 p.m.: Carlos Silva did all he could to win today’s game, tossing seven strong innings of two-run ball. But he won’t get the victory today because the M’s hitters failed to give him much run support. Only 10 hits total in the game, six by the Mariners. Silva did all he could and might have won back some fans in this outing, if not the game. The Mariners are getting a ton of “quality starts” early this year. Silva threw 99 pitches, 58 of them for strikes. And this game is still up for grabs as we head to the eighth. David Aardsma is on the mound for Seattle.
5:14 p.m.: Torii Hunter just hit a mammoth, two-out homer to left off Carlos Silva to tie the game up at 2-2 as we head to the bottom of the sixth. Silva got behind 3-1 in the count and Hunter gave it a ride to the upper deck. No one moved on contact since the entire ballpark knew it was out. So, we’ve got a game going. No one said this would be easy. The offense needs to make some noise. It’s slowed down the past few games.
A look below at Times colleague Larry Stone answering my questions at today’s Geoff Baker Live! show at The Showbox SoDo.
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Once again, thanks to all of you who turned out and to the thousands of you taking it in from our live online feed.
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5:06 p.m.: This reminds me a lot of last year’s home opener, which was also on a cold, cold day. In that one, Erik Bedard kept the team in a pitcher’s duel before the Mariners broke it open in the middle innings.
Well, Seattle just took a 2-1 lead for Carlos Silva in the bottom of the fifth. Franklin Gutierrez walked with one out, Yuniesky Betancourt singled to left and Endy Chavez brought the run home with a single to right.
Silva pumped his fist hard after ending the top of the fifth with a bases-loaded strikeout on Howie Kendrick. Kenji Johjima did the splits trying to hold on to the tipped ball.
4:34 p.m.: What, did you really think Carlos Silva was going to throw a perfect game? That went out the window in the fourth when Silva hit Howie Kendrick with a pitch, yielded a one-out double to Bobby Abreu, then an RBI groundout to third by Vlad Guerrero.
So, we’re tied 1-1 as we head to the bottom of the fourth. Endy Chavez with a nice bunt single in the third, contorting his body to avoid the tag by Shane Loux. But nothing came of it.
4:06 p.m.: A rousing ovation for Ken Griffey Jr. as he singles to right field with one on and one out in the first inning. The sent Ronny Cedeno, who had walked, over to third base. Cedeno then scored when Adrian Beltre grounded into a fielder’s choice, beating out the double-play attempt.
So, a 1-0 lead for a sharp-looking Carlos Silva and the Mariners.
By the way, the reason Griffey is the DH today and not playing right field, as he was initially supposed to, is that he had some back stiffness this morning. Griffey met pre-game with manager Don Wakamatsu and it was decided that he would DH today.
3:35 p.m.: We’re about to get underway after a stirring pre-game ovation for Ken Griffey Jr.
Many thanks to all of you who came out to The Showbox SoDo for today’s Geoff Baker Live! event. Our online traffic, watching the broadcast, was about three times more than Ustream TV considers a really good broadcast so obviously, there were thousands of you tuning in.

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