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May 21, 2009 at 8:48 PM

Los Angeles Angels at Mariners: 05/21 game thread

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Ichiro just ran his team out of the fifth inning. That’s the second time Ichiro has been caught leaning too far off first base by lefty Joe Saunders tonight. That’s inexcusable. Adrian Beltre was at the plate with two out and — while Beltre can’t hit his way out of a paper bag right now — he’s one of your highest paid sluggers and has to be given a chance to swing the bat. That’s just sloppy play. Ichiro was nabbed in a rundown and then Jose Lopez tried to break for the plate, as he has to in that situation and eventually got nailed in the rundown that ensued.
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Don Wakamatsu did indeed pull Erik Bedard and now has Brandon Morrow out there to start the sixth in a 2-0 game, the Angels still leading.

8:39 p.m.: So, let me ask you, Erik Bedard’s at 95 pitches through five right now and has two switch-hitters and a righty, Juan Rivera, who homered off him earlier on, due up next. Do you send Bedard back out there for the first two guys? Or get a reliever in there right when the sixth inning starts? Remember, Bedard is coming off an injury. I’d pull him now and get Sean White in there. Or, Brandon Morrow, since he’s warming up.
8:20 p.m.: That’s now 76 pitches over four innings for Erik Bedard, who trails 2-0 as we head to the bottom of the fourth. Bedard walked a pair of hitters that frame, but a nice 6-4-3 double-play got him out of serious trouble. The Mariners have again done little on offense. Adrian Beltre struck out in the third inning and — while it isn’t Richie Sexson time just yet — the fans are growing impatient with him. You can hear the boos now after each newly-recorded out. Only one hit by Seattle the first three innings. The heart of the order is due up in the fourth and the M’s have to get a rally of some kind started.
7:52 p.m.: Erik Bedard gave up another solo homer, this one in the third inning to Gary Matthews Jr. on a full-count pitch. So, it’s now 2-0 for the Angels. Seattle has had two baserunners in two innings but done nothing with them. Adrian Beltre grounded into a double-play in the first. Don’t need that from your No. 2 hitter.
7:18 p.m.: Erik Bedard tries to help the Mariners win consecutive games for the first time in nearly four weeks. The Mariners face a lefty in Joe Saunders and they tend to hit well against southpaws.
Bedard got off to a bad start in a 19-pitch first inning, getting two outs, but then falling behind 3-1 in the count to Juan Rivera and giving up a solo homer. Rivera’s second homer of the series and third of the season makes it 1-0.

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