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August 5, 2011 at 10:00 PM

Mariners at Los Angeles Angels: Aug. 5, 2011 game thread

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On we go to the 10th inning of this scoreless game. Brilliant outing by Jered Weaver, who throws 127 pitches over nine scoreless innings. Jason Vargas and now the Seattle bullpen has matched that.
Good effort tonight from Jamey Wright, who ended the seventh and worked through the eighth, then Josh Lueke who got a popout and two strikeouts in a perfect ninth.
9:34 p.m.: Bit of a rookie mistake in the eighth by Casper Wells and some heads-up baseball by Angels shortstop Erick Aybar to pull off a rare 3-6-5 double-play and keep this game scoreless. With runners on first and second and one out, Trayvon Robinson ripped a grounder to Mark Trumbo at first base, who threw to Aybar at second for the force out.
Aybar then pump-faked to first — realizing he couldn’t get the speedy Robinson in time — and back-doored a throw to third. Wells had taken too round a turn at the bag and simply could not get back in time.
One of the things you learn in the majors. Good heads-up play by Aybar. That’s the kind of play a winning team makes in a close game. The M’s made a few earlier this season. They will probably be victimized by a few as these auditions continue the final two months.
9:01 p.m.: Jason Vargas just escaped a two-on, two-out jam to end what will be his final inning of the night in the sixth. We’re still scoreless after Vargas fanned Jeff Mathis with his 111th pitch of the game with runners on second and third.
Howie Kendrick had led the inning off with a single and Alberto Callaspo followed with a one-out base-hit to put two on.
Jack Wilson then made a nice play at shortstop on a broken bat slow roller by Peter Bourjos to get the speedy runner by a half-step. Good defense behind Vargas tonight and better pitching from him.
The M’s have been held to five singles by Jered Weaver and have yet to reach second base. One of those singles came last inning from Trayvon Robinson, his first big league hit.
See manager Eric Wedge talk about new outfielder Trayvon Robinson below.

7:57 p.m.: Three innings into this one and we’re still scoreless. Jason Vargas gave up what looked like a two-run homer to left by Torii Hunter in the third, but Trayvon Robinson went leaping towards the first rows of seats and snatched the ball away from fans to save his team two runs. Wow! Robinson might play for years and not make a catch like that again. What a memory for him here in his hometown area near Los Angeles.
Jered Weaver has struck out six of the first nine batters to face him, including Robinson on an inside fastball called a strike to end the third.
7:16 p.m.: Not a great start for the Mariners, as Ichiro leads off with a single, then gets picked off first base by Jered Weaver, who struck out the final two batters of the inning. The latter of those was Dustin Ackley, who took the worst swings I’ve seen him take yet in an M’s uniform. Weaver had him way out in front on the final two strikes. He does that when he’s on. Makes hitters look ridiculous.
7:02 p.m.: Seattle has won three in a row, albeit against the Oakland Athletics. Tonight, they get to face a contending team and ace pitcher Jered Weaver, who must be wondering “Why do the Mariners break in all these rookies against me? They trying to tell me something?”
Kyle Seager made his debut against Weaver here last month.
Tonight, it will be Trayvon Robinson, out in left field and batting ninth. Other rookies in there?
Dustin Ackley. Mike Carp has been up here before, but ain’t exactly a veteran.



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