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September 12, 2010 at 2:18 PM

Mariners at Los Angeles Angels: Sept. 12, 2010 game thread

Typical Mariners game happening here today, with Jason Vargas doing his best to hold his team in it and not getting any support in the process. The Angels just added a run in the sixth to go up 2-0 as Mike Napoli doubled with one out and Juan Rivera blooped one over the head of shortstop Jack Wilson for the run-scoring single.
Seattle has had its chances today. What else is new. They put runners on second and third with none out after a single and then a throwing error by first baseman Napoli on a potential double-play ball.
But Casey Kotchman struck out and Jose Lopez grounded one right back to the mound. Ryan Langerhans walked to load the bases, but Josh Bard flew out to center to snuff what looked to be a big rally.
Only three hits all day by the M’s, but throw in some walks, some miscues, and they’ve stranded six runners.

12:48 p.m.: Mariners manager Daren Brown spoke earlier today about baseball being a game of adjustments and his team needs to make a bunch of those after the first inning. Seattle is fortunate to only be down 1-0 after the Angels loaded the bases with one out off Jason Vargas.
The Angels got their first two guys on base with bunt singles up the third base line towards Jose Lopez. They had done the same thing last night with Felix Hernandez on the mound and the pitcher wound up taking the ball that time because Lopez was slow to react.
Unless Lopez actually throws somebody out, I have a feeling we might be seeing more such bunts today.
A one-out walk loaded the bases and the Vargas fell behind 3-1 in the count to Juan Rivera. That had disaster written all over it, until Rivera put a bad swing on the next offering and popped out. Huge out for Vargas, who had only Hideki Matsui to get by to complete him escape.
But alas, Josh Bard was called on yet another catcher’s interference play when his glove struck Matsui’s bat as he swung at a pitch. How many is that on Bard, Adam Moore and company this season? A lot. Not sure what the record is, but an adjustment, it would seem, is in order.
The interference play brought the run home.
Seattle went 1-2-3 in the top of the second, so it’s on to the bottom of the frame.
12:37 p.m.: Mariners are trying to avoid getting swept today, with Jason Vargas taking the mound. He’s their best shot at victory, other than Felix Hernandez. With Hernandez losing last night, Seattle’s chance to avoid a 100-loss season might have just went out the window. The schedule gets tougher from here and M’s need to go 8-12 to lose “only” 99.
Today’s game will be on 770 AM radio in its entirety as the Seahawks take up the airwaves on 710.



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