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August 30, 2011 at 9:50 PM

Los Angeles Angels at Mariners: Aug. 30, 2011 game thread

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Seattle scored a pair of runs in the seventh on an Ichiro single and then two more in the eighth with a bunch of hits from somebody or something. But it doesn’t matter because it’s 12-6 for the Angels and this game was over four innings ago.
As the stadium crowd, about half its initial size, could tell you.
Josh Lueke pitched three innings and gave up just one hit to stop the bleeding. Well, OK, maybe he just put a band-aid on a gaping wound. Anyhow, tough to tell how well he pitched because the Angels’ hitters are probably worn out from swinging so hard the first five innings. This one can’t be over fast enough.
If Mike Scioscia argues with an ump one more time with his team up by 10 or more I’m going to throw my webcam equipment at somebody. Time to go home and try again tomorrow.

8:48 p.m.: That sound you just heard was the roof caving in on the Mariners. Or maybe the stampede of folks heading for the parking lot.
Anyhow, the M’s now trail 12-2 after Anthony Vasquez and Jeff Gray combined to give up an eight-spot in the fifth inning. Vasquez looked like he was throwing batting practice most of the night — both in velocity and location — while Gray simply threw a gas can on the fire by walking the first three hitters he faced to bring home two runs.
Gray then yielded a two-run double to Erick Aybar.
Things were so bad that the crowd of 15,536 gave Gray a hefty Bronx cheer when he fanned Bobby Wilson for the first out of the inning. One sac fly and a Peter Bourjos double later and two more runs were across.
Know how the air here at Safeco Field seems to make flyballs hang up there long enough for the Mariners to catch them? Well, tonight, that same air seems to be making pitches (thrown by the M’s) hang in the air longer than usual. Ugly. Vasquez was fortunate to get away with allowing only seven earned runs. That meatball he hung to Torii Hunter in the first inning could have been a disaster. I know the M’s have Vasquez up here to help spread the starts of their remaining pitchers out to prevent injury.
But there’s a fine line between that and making your (very) loyal fans pay big league prices to sit through a game that’s now 12-2 in the fifth inning. The M’s just tried dancing a jig on that line and stumbled over it in a drunken stupor. They may want to rethink start No. 3 for Vasquez.
8:06 p.m.: Mike Trout is having a field day so far with two home runs, the last one a three-run blast in the fourth inning to give the Angels a 4-0 lead. Trout also went deep off Anthony Vasquez in the second inning.
7:21 p.m.: There’s a hint of fall in the air tonight and not just because of the cooler temps. The Los Angeles Angels have something riding on this game and others to come and can’t afford to be blowing games like they did last night.
Anthony Vasquez makes his second big league start for Seattle tonight, his team hoping to once again play the spoiler role.
Vasquez flirted with trouble in the first inning, letting the first two guys get on. But after a groundout put runners at second and third, he caught Torii Hunter looking at a slow, hanging curve with the count full.
Mark Trumbo then lined out to left. Close call for Vasquez but we’re scoreless after an inning of play.



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