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September 2, 2009 at 5:09 PM

Los Angeles Angels at Seattle Mariners: 09/02 game thread

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I’m sure the Mariners are regretting the fact they left the bases loaded in the first inning, despite having none out when they were filled. That’s because Scott Kazmir has now retired 15 batters in a row. Yes, you heard that part correctly. He’s struck out eight guys during that time and we’re only through five innings. He’s throwing a perfect game if you discount the first three guys in the order. We won’t see 27 up, 27 down because of his pitch count, which was at 28 after the first inning. He’s now at 88. But he is getting the job done.
So is Felix Hernandez, who has also allowed only two hits through five innings just like Kazmir. We saw this act once before, about a month ago when Hernandez and Mark Buehrle of the White Sox were engaged in a scoreless duel. That game took 14 innings to play. How long will this go before a run is scored?
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4:27 p.m.: Not sure what happened to Felix Hernandez in that third inning. We’re still scoreless, but Hernandez sure pitched himself into a jam before striking out Torii Hunter for the second time today. Hernandez already had two strikeouts in the inning and a runner on first when he all of a sudden could not throw strikes. He walked Chone Figgins and then Bobby Abreu before fanning Hunter.
4:08 p.m.: Looks like the Mariners are going to try to do this the hard way. They loaded the bases with nobody out against Scott Kazmir in the first inning, but then Mike Sweeney, Adrian Beltre and Bill Hall went down swinging. Actually, Sweeney went down looking, but same result. Situational hitting. Simply not there. Been a problem all year. And on this team, it’s a bigger problem than even the anemic M’s offensive numbers represent on a daily basis.
3:38 p.m.: Felix Hernandez makes another pitch at Cy Young Award candidacy this afternoon, though the way Zack Greinke looks, it’s going to be tough. I’m starting to think Greinke might win the award even if the 13 victories he has now are all he’s going to finish with. We’ll see. Hernandez has to stay close to him in ERA and pile on the wins.
The lineups:
ANGELS (78-53)
3B Chone Figgins
RF Bobby Abreu
CF Torii Hunter
DH Vladimir Guerrero
1B Kendry Morales
2B Maicer Izturis
LF Gary Matthews Jr.
C Mike Napoli
SS Erick Aybar
LHP Scott Kazmir
MARINERS (69-64)
RF Ichiro
CF Franklin Gutierrez
1B Jose Lopez
DH Mike Sweeney
3B Adrian Beltre
2B Bill Hall
SS Jack Wilson
C Rob Johnson
LF Michael Saunders
RHP Felix Hernandez

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