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July 16, 2010 at 6:57 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Angels, Friday, July 16: M’s lose, 3-2

The Angels hang on for a 3-2 win. Felix Hernandez really battled through eight innings, and Justin Smoak had a two-run homer. But again, the M’s couldn’t get it done offensively.
MARINERS EIGHTH:Chone Figgins gets a two-out single but breaks too early on a stolen-base attempt and is caught in a rundown and tagged out. Horrendous baserunning by both teams tonight. 3-2 Angels.
(Fernando Rodney has replaced Weaver on the mound to start the eighth)
ANGELS SEVENTH:Hernandez is getting stronger. He strikes out Kendrick with Aybar on third to end the inning.
MARINRERS SEVENTH:A smote by Smoak! He unloads a two-run, two-strike, two-out homer off Weaver to pull the M’s to within one, 3-2. Weaver had gone 21 innings against the M’s this year without giving up an earned run.
ANGELS SIXTH: Hernandez gave up two more hits, including the Angels fourth double of the night, but he gets out of it with the help of a questionable DP (it looked like both runners were safe –but the umps saw it differently). Give credit to Felix — on a night in which he clearly doesn’t have his best stuff, he’s battled through six. 3-0 Angels.
ANGELS FIFTH:Hernandez, second to Weaver in strikeouts in the American League, recorded his first whiff for the second out of the fifth (Aybar). Kendrick got his third out of the game but didn’t advance past first. 3-0 Angels.
MARINERS FIFTH:These two teams are giving a baserunning clinic tonight — how NOT to do it. Michael Saunders delivered a one-out single but got picked off for the third out. 3-0 Angels.
ANGELS FOURTH: Hernandez restores order with three popups. But can the M’s score four tonight off Weaver, or off anyone else? 3-0 Angels.
MARINERS FOURTH:This is not looking good for the Mariners. Felix is struggling — and Weaver is not. A very quick three-up, three-down inning. He has now gone 18 1/3 innings against the M’s this season without allowing an earned run (one unearned). 3-0 Angels.
ANGELS THIRD:Felix is definitely struggling, and getting hit unusually hard. He got himself into trouble by hitting Erick Aybar (on an 0-2 pitch, no less), and Howie Kendrick followed with a booming double off the wall in right-center, his second two-bagger. Bobby Abreu delivered an RBI single, but Hernandez restored order by getting Hunter to ground into a double play (a run scoring). Matsui flied out. The Angels have six hits, including three doubles, in three innings. 3-0 Angels.
MARINERS THIRD:Weaver has three strikeouts — the third out of each inning. The M’s got a runner to second with one out — a single by Jack Wilson and a wild pitch — but Ichiro grounded to third, Wilson holding, and Figgins whiffed against his former teammate. 1-0 Angels.
ANGELS SECOND: The Angels scored one off Felix with three hits, but ran themselves out of a much bigger inning.First, Matsui, who had doubled, ill-advisedly tried to advance to third on a grounder that bounced away from Lopez. He pounced on it and tagged Matsui as he slid into third. The Angels would have had first and second, none out. RIvera and Frandsen followed with singles, the second driving in a run, but Frandsen was thrown out over-sliding second trying to stretch to a double. Hernandez then got Mathis on a comebacker. 1-0 Angels.
MARINERS SECOND: Justin Smoak, who entered the game 1-for-12 with six strikeouts as a Mariner, reached Weaver for a two-out single to right, but Weaver struck out Michael Saunders looking. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: Weaver gets the M’s 1-2-3, striking out Gutierrez for the third out in a pretty good battle. 0-0.
Awesome pitching matchup tonight: Felix Hernandez, who should have been an All-Star, vs. Jered Weaver, who was. Hernandez has thrown nine innings in four of his last five starts, and is 5-2, 2.21 over his last 12 starts. Weaver is 8-5 with a 3.20 ERA. Weaver leads the majors with 137 strikeouts, and has the lowest home ERA in the American League (1.70).
This will be Felix’s third start this year against the Angels, opposing Weaver each time. Weaver has gotten the better of it so far. Hernandez is 0-1 with a 6.35 ERA in the two previous starts, while Weaver has held the Mariners without an unearned run in 14 1/3 innings.

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