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September 9, 2009 at 8:53 PM

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

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Ian Snell has managed to keep the Mariners in this game and Jose Lopez went deep to left off Jered Weaver in the sixth inning to cut the M’s deficit to 4-2. Seattle isn’t out of this one just yet. Snell is still pitching in the sixth inning, which I never would have bet on back in the first.


7:53 p.m.: The Japanese players made the third inning worth it for the Mariners, with Kenji Johjima homering over the center field wall to make it a 4-1 game, Seattle still trailing. Ichiro then lashed a ball into right field to draw within four hits of 200. Japan’s media is on edge. None of them really want to go to Texas. They need four more hits between now and tomorrow night.
Hey, look what I spotted on the scoreboard! I know at least one bullpen member who’d love return trip here.
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No, not David Aardsma. Not Shawn Kelley either.
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No truth to the rumor this is the new bullpen intro music he’ll use starting tonight.
7:39 p.m.: Another long first inning for Ian Snell, who threw 33 pitches and trails 4-0. Snell looked like he wouldn’t survive the inning at one point, giving up a one out walk, a hard smash back towards the mound for a hit and a long drive off the right field wall. Ichiro did a fine job of deking the runners and as a result, they only advanced one base on what became a long single.
Snell walked Torii Hunter to force home a run and then Kendry Morales drove one to the gap in left center for a bases-clearing double.
Yikes!
Snell is having problems adapting to the American League. This isn’t the first time he’s nearly been run out of a game in the opening frame. Let’s see whether he adjusts.
7:09 p.m.: Will he? Will he? Will Ichiro ever get another hit? We’ll find out soon. Oops, a strikeout to lead things off. Guess all those extra media folks had better start packing for Texas.

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