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July 8, 2011 at 9:18 PM

Mariners at Los Angeles Angels: July 8, 2011 game thread

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They trotted out the Rally Monkey before the seventh inning and it wound up working as jamey Wright yielded a two-out, solo homer to right by Hank Conger that evened things up at 3-3.
Miguel Olivo did his team a favor moments earlier by throwing out Mike Trumbo on a steal attempt, keeping the home run damage to just one run.
Blake Beavan was pulled one out into the inning after a Trumbo single. Beavan goes 6 1/3 innings with two earned runs allowed. Good follow-up to his debut.
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8:59 p.m.: Midway through the seventh, it’s still a 3-2 game with Seattle on top. Blake Beavan is back out there, with Jamey Wright warming in the bullpen.
Brendan Ryan committed a fielding error in the sixth, but the M’s erased it with a 4-6-3 double-play.
Kyle Seager got on base for the first time with a one-out walk in the top of the inning. But Greg Halman struck out with Seager breaking for second. Seager made it, but Halman was called for batter’s interference to nullify the steal and end the inning.

8:30 p.m.: The Mariners are actually putting up a fight in this game, taking a 3-2 lead in the top of the fifth after a one-out double by Greg Halman. Ichiro then bunted for a single to the third base side that moved Halman up a base and Brendan Ryan got the run in with a sacrifice fly to left.
8:20 p.m.: Seattle took the lead in the fourth inning, but Blake Beavan gave it right back with his second home run allowed — a solo shot by Vernon Wells — to tie it 2-2.
Dustin Ackley led off the top of the inning with a single, then went to third on Miguel Olivo’s single to left center. A deep sacrifice fly by Justin Smoak gave the Mariners the lead, but as I said, it didn’t last long.
7:51 p.m.: Well, this one’s not over yet as an infield hit by Franklin Gutierrez and a bloop single by Greg Halman eventually got runners to second and third with one out for the Mariners in the third inning. Ichiro then grounded out to first base to get the tying run in, but Brendan Ryan struck out on a checked swing.
So, it’s 1-1, though the inning once again left you wanting more. Was that the only scoring rally for the M’s tonight? We’ll soon see.
7:32 p.m.: Two pitches into this game and it was already apparent to Blake Beavan that he’s not facing the San Diego Padres tonight. Beavan surrendered a leadoff homer to Erick Aybar, then two flyouts and two singles before snaring a comebacker to get out of the inning.
So, it’s 1-0 already and it feels like this game is over. The fact the M’s have gone six up, six down isn’t helping. On to the bottom of the second we go.
7:07 p.m.: We’ve said it before but it bears repeating. This game is huge for the Mariners if they plan on staying in this race much longer. Lose this one and they’ll be 5 1/2 back since the Rangers are beating up on Oakland.
All they need is the rookie pitcher in his second MLB start to hold the Angels down, the new No. 3 hitter with three weeks experience to do something and the new third baseman who was in AA two weeks ago to step up as well. Some of the other guys might decide to hit something, too. That would help.
Be sure to watch the new center fielder for the Angels. It’s 19-year-old Mike Trout.

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