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July 15, 2010 at 7:00 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Angels, July 15: M’s lose 8-3

It’s a final: 8-3 Angels. And the Mariners are 16 games out of first, as if it really matters anymore.
MARINERS EIGHTH: The M’s are being out-hit 16 to 7. And, of course, out-scored 8-3.
ANGELS SEVENTH:Jamey Wright makes his Mariner debut, and walks No. 8 hitter Kevin Frandsen and gives up RBI single to No. 9 hitter Jeff Mathis. 8-3 Angels.
ANGELS SIXTH:A disastrous inning for the Mariners. Brian Sweeney seemingly minimized the damage, but Kendrick’s two-out grounder went off Lopez’s glove. It was first called an error, then changed to a double. Either way — and I thought it was an error — Abreu made them pay (of course) with a two-run single. So now a tight 4-3 game is 7-3 Angels.
MARINERS SIXTH: Smoak nearly gets his first Mariner homer, but Bobby Abreu catches his towering drive against the wall in right. Still 4-3 Angels
MARINERS FIFTH: Ichiro delivers a huge bases-loaded double, driving in all three, to cut the Angels lead to 4-3. But with no outs, they couldn’t get him home with the tying run. Ichiro was thrown out at the plate on Gutierrez’s hard grounder to third. 4-3 Angels.
ANGELS FOURTH: Fister gets a much-needed, quick-and-easy 1-2-3 inning. 4-0 Angels.
MARINERS FOURTH: Tough day so far for Smoak, who has struck out twice. The M’s strand a runner on second. 4-0 Angels.
ANGELS THIRD: The Angels get a pair of singles off Fister with two outs (they have nine hits in three innings), but Lopez bailed him out with a nice stop of Kevin Frandsen’s smash. If Lopez is being showcased, he’s making a nice impression so far. 4-0 Angels.
MARINERS THIRD: A quick 1-2-3 inning for Pineiro. Nice catch by Bobby Abreu in the right-field corner on Figgins for the third out. Pineiro has thrown 47 pitches through three. 4-0 Angels.
ANGELS SECOND: A rough inning for Fister, who gives up five straight hits after retiring Juan Rivera to start the inning. The big hits were a two-run single by Aybar that dropped in front of Ichiro, and an RBI double by Kendrick (with Aybar thrown out at the plate). The Angels score three to take a 4-0 lead.
MARINERS SECOND: Squandered rally? Check. Jose Lopez led off with a booming double off the left-field wall, but could get no farther. Michael Saunders drew a two-out walk, but Rob Johnson, after fouling off three 3-2 pitches (to the distress of the runners taking off on each pitch) grounded out to end the inning. Note that Lopez is a traditionally strong second-half hitter, compiling a .292 average (165-for-565) with 39 doubles, 25 homers, 86 RBI and a .494 slugging percentage over the second half the past two years. He’s the only American Leaguer to rank in the Top 11 in all those categories. 1-0 Angels.
ANGELS FIRST:The Angels have beaten the Mariners seven out of nine times already this season, and they jumped on top in the first. Erick Aybar led off with a single off Doug Fister, and scored on Bobby Abreu’s one-out double to left-center. This is the M’s first trip to Anaheim since Kendry Morales’s ill-fated walkoff grand slam celebration cost him his season. 1-0 Angels.
MARINERS FIRST:Wait, we’ve seen that before, haven’t we? The Mariners go down meekly, 1-2-3.
Welcome to the second half of the season. It can’t be any worse than the first half for the Mariners, can it? Can it?

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