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July 9, 2011 at 8:13 PM

Mariners at Los Angeles Angels: July 9, 2011 game thread

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The photo below is a rare, one-of-a-kind Jeff Gray taking the mound in a Mariners uniform. It can be yours for a certified $5,000 check mailed to my Swiss bank account.
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Gray last pitched on June 11, for those still keeping score at home rather than finding something better to do than watch this 7-3 game on your Saturday night. Did a pretty good job of getting out of the inning after a leadoff single.
On the the seventh we go.
Oh yeah, the Rangers came back to beat Oakland. That sound you hear is my travel agent booking October vacation. Better get Erik Bedard healthy soon. For those asking, he won’t garner any compensation picks if he leaves as a free agent. You see, it’s a two-year points system that determines the picks and Bedard didn’t pitch last year.

7:47 p.m.: Don’t look now, but…no, really, don’t look this time. Michael Pineda gave up three more runs in the fifth to fall behind 7-3 and we’re about to see Jeff Gray taken out of the witness protection program and pressed into service in the sixth.
Really, no need to use Pineda anymore. He isn’t getting the outs he needs and served up his second two-run homer of the night to Torii Hunter in that fifth. We also got to see the speed of 19-year-old rookie mike Trout, who scored from first on a “double” by Maicer Izturis that would have been a single for many other guys.
Greg Halman had to race a bit towards right center for the ball, then bobbled it a touch — clearly worried about Trout’s speed. Trout scored as a result of the fumble, but no error was given on the play.
7:27 p.m.: Don’t look now, but the Mariners have made this a ballgame again, scoring once in the fourth and twice in the fifth to cut the Angels’ lead to 4-3.
Back-to-back doubles by Dustin Ackley and Miguel Olivo got them on the board in the fourth and then four straight two-out singles by Ichiro, Brendan Ryan, Ackley and Olivo brought two more home in the fifth.
The bases were loaded with two out when Justin Smoak hit one of his hardest balls of the series, but his line drive to center was easily run down by Mike Trout.
7:02 p.m.: Everything came undone for Michael Pineda and the Mariners in the third inning, when the Angels scored four times to go up 4-0. Eric Wedge also got tossed for arguing balls and strikes from the dugout.
Pineda appeared to have a strikeout on Hank Conger and then a double play with Mark Trumbo getting caught trying to steal second. But third base umpire Sam Holbrook ruled that Conger did not go around on a checked swing and called it Ball Four. So, there were two on and none out instead of two out and none on.
Wedge didn’t like the call, voiced it, got tossed, then came out and got his two cents worth in with Holbrook before leaving. Mike Trout then laid a bunt to Pineda’s right, which the pitcher threw away at first base for a run and an error on the first hit of Trout’s career.
One out later, Torii Hunter crushed Pineda’s first pitch for a three-run homer and so, there we are.
6:35 p.m.: Michael Pineda struck out two more in the second inning — giving him five consecutive K’s to start the game — then Erick Aybar popped out to catcher Miguel Olivo to end the streak. But a great start for Pineda, as we head scoreless to the third.
Jim Deshaies of the Houston Astros holds the major league record for consecutive K’s by a rookie with eight, set Sept. 23, 1986. And Deshaies struck out all of those eight to start a game against the Dodgers, which is the major league record for that.
Tom Seaver holds the major league record of 10 consecutive strikeouts, set on April 22, 1970 while with the Mets playing San Diego. Our old pal Ian Snell once struck out 13 batters to start a Class AAA game.
6:18 p.m.: Michael Pineda takes the mound for the final time in this pre-All-Star portion of the schedule. Will his next outing be in Phoenix on Tuesday? We won’t know until tomorrow.
Texas is losing 4-1 in the third inning. Wonders will never cease. Oakland scoring four runs? Maybe there’s some hope for the M’s tonight. They do have to score to win, though. And they do have to win to start to put this thing back into their hands rather than relying on other teams.
Great start for Pineda, who struck out the side in the first inning. The Mariners went 1-2-3 against onetime Seattle starter Joel Pineiro in their half of the first, so we’re scoreless heading to the second.
The lineups:
Mariners (43-46)
51 Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
26 Brendan Ryan SS
13 Dustin Ackley (L) 2B
30 Miguel Olivo C
4 Adam Kennedy (L) 1B
17 Justin Smoak (S) DH
56 Greg Halman CF
15 Kyle Seager (L) 3B
8 Carlos Peguero (L) LF
36 Michael Pineda RHP
Angels (48-42)
13 Maicer Izturis (S) 38
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
16 Hank Conger (S) C
27 Mike Trout CF
35 Joel Pineiro RHP

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