Well, here we are in the 14th inning, zero runs in sight. Where’s Fernando Rodney when you need him? They just cancelled the post-game fireworks show, clearing out thousands of fans who’d stuck around.
The Mariners used two double plays to end the 10th and 11th innings, then got out of a two on, one out jam in the 13th — thanks to the pitching of Brian Sweeney.
The Angels just set a tied their 1982 record for most innings in back-to-back games with 30. It’s the longest two-game stint in the majors since April of 2008. One saving grace is that the Mariners’ offense, since the ninth, has done next to nothing, doing the 1-2-3 shuffle other than a walk in the 12th.
They’re playing the 14th inning stretch as I type this.
9:55 p.m.: Chone Figgins and Josh Wilson just combined on the prettiest-looking double-play of the season by Seattle. It came with two on and one out in the 10th inning of this 3-3 game, with Mike Napoli hitting one deep to the right of Figgins.
Figgins had to go behind his bag, then did a backhanded flip to Wilson. The toss was perfect and Wilson had ample time to step on second, then throw on to first to get turtle-legged Napoli for the inning-ending twin-killing.
9:34 p.m.: Seems like games in this building always come down to the final inning or two. That might be the case tonight after the Mariners, held in check for eight innings by Jered Weaver, scored two in the ninth off closer Fernando Rodney to tie the game.
A single by Franklin Gutierrez and then back-to-back doubles from Jose Lopez and Casey Kotchman knotted this one up 3-3. Matt Tuiasosopo came in as a pinch-runner at second with one out, but, in a sequence that could prove telling later on, the M’s could not get him home.
Adam Moore grounded out and Michael Saunders went down swinging.
Rodney left to a chorus of boos. Brandon League now on the hill.
8:47 p.m.: Seattle trails 3-1 in the top of the seventh inning after the Angels added a run in the sixth on the pure speed of Erick Aybar.
Aybar led off with an infield single, then took third base on a groundout. The throw across the diamond from first base appeared to beat Aybar to the bag. But Jose Lopez did not get the tag down in time.
Then, the Angels put the squeeze play on and Jeff Mathis got a great bunt up the line towards first base.
The Mariners finally gave David Pauley some run support — scoring in the fifth for the first run they’ve given him in four outings when he’s on the mound.
With Casey Kotchman on first base, Michael Saunders singled to right. Kotchman took third on the play, but then a throwing error from right by Torii Hunter allowed the run to score.
But the Angels had already scored twice in the bottom of the fourth to take a 2-0 lead. A leadoff single and a wild pitch put Hideki Matsui at second. Mike Napoli was then hit by a Pauley pitch and then aa sacrifice bunt moved both runners up.
Howie Kendrick hit a sac fly to tie the game, the runner moving up to third. Jeff Mathis then singled to center to bring the second run home.
7:57 p.m.: Three innings are already done here and the reason it’s gone so fast is because neither team’s offense can do anything.
We know the Mariners can’t and they’ve got Jered Weaver to contend with. But David Pauley has allowed just two walks and an infield single so far, so he’s doing OK.
Ichiro moved one step closer to another 200-hit season by dropping down a bunt single off Weaver in the third. He needs 16 more hits to tie Pete Rose for the most such seasons at 10.
7:08 p.m.: Another beautiful, clear evening in Anaheim as this series gets underway. Mariners have gone six straight series without a win, but hope to change that here.
Some quick minor league news: Carlos Triunfel underwent surgery today to have a pin inserted in his right “pointing” finger, fractured last week. He’ll need about five or six weeks of recovery.
Also, just some news about tomorrow’s game: It will be picked up by FSN in progress once the University of Washington-Syracuse football game is complete. The game is a 6:05 p.m. start and was originally supposed to be part of a FOX telecast nationally. But that’s been dropped and FSN, which wasn’t going to do the broadcast initially, has picked it up, but only once the football game is over. Make sense? Good.