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July 18, 2010 at 6:03 PM

A few Sunday post-game notes and quotes

Not surprisingly, manager Don Wakamatsu raved about Jason Vargas’s performance.
“To be that economical — we’re worried about innings, and he goes out and throws 7 2/3 in the heat today. Just a tremendous outing. He has such a feel to pitch, and he never gives up.”
As an example, Wakamatsu pointed to the sixth, when Howie Kendrick led off with a triple and didn’t score. Funny story there: Vargas said he thought Kendrick had scored on Bobby Abreau’s grounder to first base for the first out. Actually, he held.
“To be honest, I thought he scored on the groundball,” Vargas said. “I was about to go into my windup, and Rob Johnson told me to look over there. It surprised me.”
Vargas then got a line drive to shortstop on which Josh Wilson doubled Kendrick off third.

Wakamatsu explained why he pulled Vargas after getting two strikeouts in the eighth, leaving him at 102 pitches.
“We went into that game saying, ‘Keep him right at 100,’ ” Wakamatsu said. “I just didn’t want it to get up to 110. He had done such a phenomenal job, and in the heat, too. I trust League in that situation.”
Vargas said, “Definitely you want to stay in there and finish the rest of the inning, but the matchup was what it was. Brandon has a heavy sinker, and that tends to work well against righties. You have to play the numbers.”
Wakamatsu had some pointed comments about the baserunning mistakes, especially Ichiro getting caught at third on Franklin Gutierrez’s grounder to shortstop in the 10th.
“Ichi’s got to make sure that ball gets through, and he didn’t,” Wakamatsu said. “That ball’s in froint of him, and he gets caught off guard there.”
It was reminiscent of Friday’s game in which Jack Wilson was thrown out trying to go from first to third on a single to left.
“That’s not good baseball, and those are veteran players,” Wakamatsu said. “Those two plays, the balls in front of them. They have to make better decisions.”
David Aardsma picked up his first save since June 22. The key moment came on a 3-2 pitch to Erick Aybar with one out and runners on first and second. Aybar checked his swing, and the appeal was made to Bob Davidson at third. The game hung in the balance — it would either be bases loaded and one out, or first and second, two outs. Davidson rung up Aybar.
“Obviously, that was a huge out, a big, giant out,” said Aardsma, who then struck out Kendrick to end it. “From my angle, which isn’t the best, I thought he went. I was the first one pointing over to get him to check.”
And yes, Jose Lopez confirmed he did break his bat on the game-winning hit.
“The first pitch, I swung really hard and tried to get a homer,” Lopez said. “Then Guti stole second, and I just looked for a good pitch. I didn’t want to get a home run. I wanted to get a line drive to bring the guy in.”



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