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August 30, 2010 at 6:50 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Angels, Aug. 30: Angels win 5-3

Scoring change in ninth: Take away two-base error from Bourjos and give a double to Gutierrez.
MARINERS NINTH:They score one off Fernando Rodney, but a base running gaffe by Gutierrez (and a dubious call by umpire Jerry Meals) mutes the rally. Angels win 5-3.
MARINERS SEVENTH:The Mariners score two with lots of help from the Angels, starting with a pop fly that drops between 3B Callaspo and SS Aybar as they each look at the other. Then another hit by Gutierrez, a wild pitch, a Saunders fly to right that Hunter gets a bad jump on and it drops for RBI single, and sac fly by Moore. 4-2 Angels.
ANGELS SIXTH:The Angels end their scoring drought with a vengeance — three home runs, by Peter Bourjos (solo), Bobby Abreu (solo) and Hideki Matsui (two-run). They had gone 31 innings — two shy of the club record — without scoring. But now they lead 4-0.
ANGELS FIFTH:Josh Wilson just started the double play of the year, making a diving stop of Jeff Mathis’s hard grounder up the middle, then flipping with his glove to Figgins, who made a nice turn to nail Mathis handily. 0-0.
MARINERS FOURTH:Russ Branyan leads off by crushing a double off the right-field wall. Well, that sounds promising, doesn’t it? Uh, not so fast. Lopez: Whiff. Kotchman: Whiff. Gutierrez: Whiff. Still 0-0.
ANGELS FOURTH:Angels get their first hit off Pauley — a one-out single by Torii Hunter — and it’s promptly erased on a double-play ball by Hideki Matsui (3-6-3). That’s 30 consecutive scoreless innings for the Angels. 0-0.
MARINERS THIRD:Another Ichiro single-stolen base combo — this time with two outs — goes for naught. 0-0.
ANGELS THIRD:Pauley strands Bourjos at second after Bourjos is hit by a pitch and steals second with one out. I guess my original thought about a 20-inning scoreless tie is looking better. 0-0.
MARINERS SECOND: Tough break for the Mariners, as Franklin Gutierrez scorches a drive off the scoreboard in left field, but is gunned down at third by center fielder Peter Bourjos going for a triple. Close play, but the replay shows he was out, I’d say. 0-0.
ANGELS SECOND: Pauley walks Hideki Matsui with one out, but Angels make two quick outs. 0-0
MARINERS FIRST:They get Ichiro to second on a single (his 166th hit of the year and stolen base (No. 33, on a swinging strikeout by Russ Branyan for the second out. But Jose Lopez’s line drive down the first-base line is snared by Juan Rivera for the third out. 0-0.
ANGELS FIRST: The Angels’ scoreless streak reaches 27 innings as Pauley has an easy 13-pitch, three-up, three-down first. The Angel record for consecutive scoreless innings is 33 (2004 and 1963). 0-0.
I’m predicting a slugfest, because that’s the last thing you’d expect. The Angels are working on a 26-inning scoreless streak, having plated exactly one (1) run in their just-concluded three-game series with Baltimore. And that came on a balk in the first inning of Game 1. No need to detail the Mariners’ offensive woes. I’d expect a 20-inning scoreless tie, except it never works that way. More likely, 14-13.



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