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April 26, 2009 at 2:30 PM

Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels: 04/26 game thread

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This is getting painful to watch, with the Angels up 6-0 as we head to the seventh. So, watch the video up above instead. It’s of the makeshift memorial set up outside Angel Stadium for pitcher Nick Adenhart, killed by a drunk driver earlier this month.
All six runs today are charged to Jarrod Washburn, who lasted only 5 1/3 innings and did not have great stuff. The Seattle hitters haven’t exactly shown up either. Too many unproductive outs by the big boys today, including Ichiro and Ken Griffey Jr. back when the game was still winnable.
Make it 5-0 for the Angels after a two-out double by Torii Hunter and a single to left by Howie Kendrick. Washburn has thrown a ton of extra pitches trying to get the third out of an inning today. Not at all how he’d looked his previous three starts. This looks a lot like Washburn from early in 2008, plenty of righty hitters raking him for extra bases. That’s two homers and two doubles among the seven hits he’s yielded through five innings.
1:48 p.m.: It’s now 4-0 after four innings, Angels in the lead. Juan Rivera crushed a 2-2 pitch from Jarrod Washburn and sent it over the left field wall in the fourth. Washburn should have been out of the inning on 60 pitches, but a throwing error by Adrian Beltre caused him to have to throw an additional 11 pitches plus four tosses to first base. Those start to add up and — at this stage of the game — can make the difference between an outing of five innings, or six innings.
1:42 p.m.: I know Jarrod Washburn pretty well and can tell you that he’ll be more ticked at himself for allowing that two-out walk to Gary Matthews Jr. than he will be about the RBI double to right center by Bobby Abreu that’s made it a 3-0 game after three innings. Yes, Abreu is a lefty hitter and Washburn likely felt he could do a better job with him. But there’s no need to pitch around Matthews with two out and none on. Washburn doesn’t have his best stuff today.
1:28 p.m.: Two pitches, two runs allowed by Jarrod Washburn and the Mariners trail 2-0 after two innings. Washburn yielded a leadoff single to Torii Hunter, a ball that landed just out of the reach of center fielder Franklin Gutierrez. The next pitch got smoked by Howie Kendrick over the fence in center. Gutierrez didn’t even react to the ball because it was out the moment it hit the bat. The Angels were teeing off on Washburn in that inning. Something doesn’t look right for him. He might have to make an adjustment. Maybe he already did because he got the 5-4-3 double-play grounder he needed to escape the inning. But some hard hit balls that frame.
12:58 p.m.: A perfect first inning for Jarrod Washburn, who got two groundball outs sandwhiched around a popout. Jered Weaver also tossed a scoreless first inning, but it took him 23 pitches, after he’d yielded a walk to Ken Griffey Jr. and a single to left by Adrian Beltre.
12:37 p.m.: Looks like Russell Branyan is going to play today. We’ll know about Brandon Morrow if we see him start to warm up in the late innings.
MARINERS
Ichiro RF
Endy Chavez LF
Ken Griffey Jr. DH
Adrian Beltre 3B
Russell Branyan 1B
Jose Lopez 2B
Yuniesky Betancourt SS
Jamie Burke C
Franklin Gutierrez CF
LHP Jarrod Washburn
ANGELS
SS Erick Aybar
RF Gary Matthews Jr.
DH Bobby Abreu
CF Torii Hunter
2B Howie Kendrick
LF Juan Rivera
1B Robb Quinlan
3B Brandon Wood
C Jeff Mathis
RHP Jered Weaver

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