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July 17, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Angels, July 17: M’s lose, 7-6

MARINERS NINTH: Langerhans leads off with a walk off Brian Fuentes, but Josh Bard promptly hits into a double play. Wilson strikes out. It’s over: M’s lose, 7-6. That’s 12 losses in 14 games, 2-10 vs. Angels this year.
ANGELS EIGHTH: League emerges unscathed, though he did hit Erick Aybar on a pitch that bounced. It’s Langerhans, Bard and Wilson in the ninth — Murderers Row. 7-6 Angels.
MARINERS EIGHTH: The M’s get a one-out double by Jose Lopez, who moves up to third on Milton Bradley’s ground out. But Justin Smoak, 3-for-3 in the game, strikes out swinging on some Rodney heat. They’ll have to break through against Brian Fuentes in the ninth to extend this game. 7-6 Angels.
(Fernando Rodney takes over on the mound for the Angels in the eighth)
ANGELS SEVENTH: Brian Sweeney got two easy outs, but then Juan Rivera, on a 1-0 pitch, crushed a tie-breaking homer to left-center. Brandon League has replaced Sweeney. It’s 7-6 Angels. League got the last out on a ground out.
MARINERS SEVENTH: The Mariners come all the way back from 6-1 deficit after three innings to tie the game 6-6 on Josh Bard’s leadoff homer off new Angels pitcher Kevin Jepsen. 6-6.
MARINERS SIXTH: Justin Smoak is now just a triple away from the cycle after blasting a two-out home run off Saunders. It came on a 1-2 changeup. Remember, Saunders hit .139 right-handed in Texas. He’s 3-for-3 tonight from that side. 6-5 Angels.
ANGELS FIFTH: Seddon is a ground ball machine — three of them for three easy outs. 6-4 Angels.
ANGELS FOURTH: Chris Seddon makes his Mariner debut (and first major-league appearance since 2007 with Florida), replacing Rowland-Smith with runners on corners and one out. And he did beautifully, getting a grounder from Torii Hunter that resulted in an out at home, and retiring Aybar on a fly to left (on a 3-0 pitch). 6-4 Angels.
MARINERS FOURTH: A very productive inning for the Mariners, who get three runs back on five hits, including doubles by Gutierrez and Lopez, and Smoak’s smoked single. 6-4 Angels.
ANGELS THIRD:This game is officially out of hand. Rowland-Smith was torched in the third — a Mike Napoli homer, back to back doubles by Rivera and Frandsen. It’s 6-1, and Chris Seddon was warming up. I’d guess he’ll be in shortly.
MARINERS THIRD:Ichiro’s single tied him with Yogi Berra for 190th on the career hit list at 2,150. Jack Wilson decided to commemorate the event by trying to go first to third, and was easily thrown out. So instead of first and second, no outs, they have first, and one out — and then Figgins grounded into inning-ending DP. This is becoming a real mess for the M’s. 4-1 Angels.
ANGELS SECOND: Ugly, ugly, ugly. The Mariners have played two innings and committed three errors — two of them in the second, leading to two unearned runs out of the four the Angels scored in the inning. (NOTE: The official scorer, in the third inning, just announced a scoring change, making only one of the runs unearned). Rowland-Smith committed one of the errors, a high throw to first on a sac bunt. He also gave up four singles, some well-struck, some with eyes. It’s already looking like one of those games. 4-1 Angels.
MARINERS SECOND: Smoak is hitting under .150 as a right-handed batter, but he is now 2-for-4 right-handed as a Mariner after ripping a two-out double over the left-fielder’s head. He moved to third on Ryan Langerhans’ single. Langerhans was picked off by Saunders, but the throw to second glanced off Howie Kendrick’s glove for an error, and Smoak scored. 1-0 Mariners.
ANGELS FIRST: Ryan Rowland-Smith would have been out of the first on 11 pitches, too, except Justin Smoak booted Bobby Abreu’s easy grounder. Abreu stole second but Rowland-Smith got Torii Hunter to ground out to second. Lopez made an excellent bare-handed play on Aybar’s slow hopper for the first out. 0-0.
MARINERS FIRST: It took Saunders 11 pitches to put down the Mariners. 0-0.
The two starters, Ryan Rowland-Smith and Joe Saunders, are tied for second in the American League with nine losses (behind the 10 of Jeremy Guthrie of Baltimore). Of course, Saunders also has six wins, while Hyphen has just one.
FYI, here are the pitching matchups for the White Sox series at Safeco: David Pauley (0-1, 1.00) vs. Daniel Hudson (0-0, 11.25) on Monday, Doug Fister (3-5, 3.50) vs. John Danks (9-7, 3.58) on Tuesday, and Felix Hernandez (7-6, 2.90) vs. Gavin Floyd (5-8, 4.10) on Wednesday.



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