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July 7, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Mariners at Los Angeles Angels: July 7, 2011 game thread

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Midway through the eighth and not much new to tell you. The Mariners still trail 3-1 in a game that’s seemed over since the third inning.
The Mariners had one last chance in the seventh against Jered Weaver, with Dustin Ackley going from first to third with two out on an infield chopper deep in the hole at shortstop by Franklin Gutierrez.
The heads-up play and infield hit put runners at the corners with two out. But Carlos Peguero, in a pretty good at-bat, worked the count full, fouled off the fastball he really had to hit, then went down…swinging as usual.
Doug Fister lasted six innings. Chris Ray actually got in a game and got through the seventh.
But more importantly, the M’s are now 4 1/2 games out of the division lead.
The “buyers” or “sellers” stuff might be done by this weekend unless the M’s get it done in the ninth.

8:39 p.m.: Five innings done and the Mariners are on a familliar path. They trail 3-1 and have notched only three hits — two of them in the third inning. They can’t do that once per game. Has to happen more often. Instead, it’s the 1-2-3 trot. Eight in a row retired by Jered Weaver heading into this sixth inning.
8:10 p.m.: And Doug Fister gives three runs back in the bottom of the third to fall behind 3-1. A leadoff walk by Jeff Mathis was followed by a fielder’s choice grounder by Maicer Izturis. But then, the trouble began. Torii Hunter hit a high chopper to Kyle Seager at third that was impossible to throw him out on.
Then, with two on, Bobby Abreu lined one through the open right side on a full count to bring Izturis home with Abreu’s 1,300th career RBI.
That tied it up. Vernon Wells then hit a sacrifice fly to give the Angels the lead. Howie Kendrick stepped up after that and doubled to the gap in right center to bring another run in.
Based on recent history, this game might already be over.
7:27 p.m.: Seattle actually strung two hits and a walk together in the third inning to take a 1-0 lead. Alas, they still left us wanting more. A leadoff single by Franklin Gutierrez was followed by yet another strikeout by Carlos Peguero on a full-count pitch near his shoelaces. Gutierrez stole second on the strikeout and then took third on a wild pitch during an Ichiro walk.
Brendan Ryan then doubled to left to bring in the run and send Ichiro to third. But Adam Kennedy popped out to shallow center for the second out. That really hurt. Justin Smoak then popped out to left.
7:27 p.m.: Here we go. Besides the Kyle Seager debut, we’ve actually got a meaningful baseball game tonight. If the M’s split this series, it likely does them little good. They really do need to take three out of four.
We’re through an inning and a half and the Mariners have a Miguel Olivo single on the scoreboard. Kyle Seager struck out to end the inning, seeing the type of pitches you don’t come across in Class AA ball very often. Come to think of it, you don’t see them in AAA ball either. This is a rough assignment, facing Jered Weaver.
Doug Fister got through a 1-2-3 first inning.
The lineups:
Mariners (43-44)
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
4 Adam Kennedy (L) 1B
17 Justin Smoak (S) DH
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
30 Miguel Olivo C
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
21 Franklin Gutierrez CF
8 Carlos Peguero (L) LF
58 Doug Fister RHP
Angels (46-42)
13 Maicer Izturis (S) 3B
48 Torii Hunter RF
53 Bobby Abreu (L) DH
10 Vernon Wells LF
47 Howard Kendrick 2B
2 Erick Aybar (S) SS
44 Mark Trumbo 1B
25 Peter Bourjos CF
5 Jeff Mathis C
36 Jered Weaver RHP

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