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May 19, 2009 at 9:15 PM

Los Angeles Angels at Mariners: 05/19 game thread

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Felix Hernandez didn’t have it tonight, either on the mound or behind him in the field. He and the Mariners trail 6-5 heading to the seventh inning. The M’s gave another run away in the top of the sixth inning after Hernandez appeared to have Maicer Izturis picked off first, only to see the M’s muff up the throw to second and have him slide in safely. Ronny Cedeno appeared a little out of position in taking the throw and applying the tag. Bobby Abreu promptly doubled the run in to end Hernandez’s night.
Seattle got a run back in the bottom of the inning after a leadoff double by Kenji Johjima. Cedeno then sacrificed him to third base — a move I disagree with. When you’re down by two, I don’t like playing for one run in the sixth inning. Anyhow, they got their one run when a grounder by Endy Chavez brought Johjima home.
We’ll see if the small ball strategy of nibbling for runs pays off later. I think the M’s give away too many outs too early in some games.
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In other news, an MRI done on Carlos Silva yesterday revealed an impingement in his right shoulder. It also showed fraying of both the labrum and rotator cuff (uh-oh!). The results were reviewed by team medical director Dr. Edward Khalfayan and have been forwarded to Dr. David Altcheck for a second opinion. No matter what you may think of Silva, he’s under contract for two years after this one. So, no, this is not good news.
That said, it’s not necessarily season-over time either. Such fraying can be normal in a pitcher’s arm and a guy can work through it without surgery, That’s what second opinions are for.
8:47 p.m.: Jose Lopez is having the kind of game at second base tonight that Felix Hernandez has been having on the mound. Hernandez allowed two line drive singles to start the fifth inning, saw both runners advance on a groundout, then uncorked a wild-pitch to bring the tying run home. After a walk put two on with one out, Lopez muffed a potential double-play ball by the slow Mike Napoli and allowed the go-ahaead run to score.
It’s now 5-4 for the Angels. Hernandez has not looked sharp tonight. But Lopez didn’t help him that inning, or when he let an RBI single get by him earlier tonight. Lopez was exasperated with himself after this error, making a mock grsture of throwing his glove and cussing himself out on the field. He knows he messed up.
8:34 p.m.: The Mariners have regained the lead, putting the first two guys on in the bottom of the fourth and then seeing Ichiro come through with a two-out double down the left field line. Kenji Johjima led off with an infield single, hustling nicely up the line. Ronny Cedeno, in his first time up after the home run, was hit by a pitch to put two on. Endy Chavez popped out to shallow left but Ichiro delivered to make it 4-3 for the Mariners.
All four Seattle runs have scored with two out. Felix Hernandez is up to 74 pitches already and will have to work if he’s to go more than five-plus innings tonight.
8:25 p.m.: A leadoff walk came back to haunt Felix Hernandez in the fourth as Gary Matthews Jr. got the free pass, took second on a groundout and scored on a Howie Kendrick single off the glove of diving shortstop Ronny Cedeno. We’re tied 3-3 heading to the bottom of the fourth inning.
That was indeed a strong throw by Kenji Johjima to nab Torii Hunter trying to steal third back in the third inning. The Angels have been stealing at will so far and the throw was huge because Kendry Morales followed with a ground-ruled double that would have scored Hunter if he was still on-base.
7:55 p.m.: That’s one way to win more playing time. Ronny Cedeno, in at shortstop tonight in place of Yuniesky Betancourt, just hit a two-run homer to left field in the second inning to give the Mariners a 3-2 lead. Russell Branyan had led things off with a walk. When’s the last time the M’s went deep twice the first two innings?
7:36 p.m.: Ken Griffey Jr. got all of a 2-0 pitch from Angels starter Matt Palmer and sent it sailing into the right field bleachers to cut the deficit to 2-1. It was Griffey’s fourth home run of the season — putting him 11 away from my over/under mark.
7:16 p.m.: Not a good start for Felix Hernandez or a slow-looking Mariners infield as the Angels grab a 2-0 lead in the first inning. A leadoff single by Chone Figgins was followed by a walk to Maicer Izturis and an RBI single to center by Bobby Abreu. Torii Hunter the drove a ball past diving second baseman Jose Lopez — displaying all the range of a cement statue — for another single and the second Angels run. Hernandez did a good job of pitching out of things from there, but the damage was done.
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7:16 p.m.: A stirring rendition of the Star Spangled Banner by Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready to start the evening off. McCready was here to raise awareness for the Chron’s & Colitis Foundation of America . The Northwest Chapter of the group arranged the appearance. Let’s see whether the Mariners are up to that level of performance.

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