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September 1, 2011 at 6:37 PM

Game thread (and more pre-game notes), Mariners vs. Angels, Sept. 1: M’s fall to Angels, 4-3

The M’s got eight walks from Angels pitchers, but only four hits, and fall 4-3. They went down in order in the ninth against Jordan Walden, who struck out Trayvon Robinson to end it. Robinson struck out three times in the game and, like Casper Wells, is relaly struggling.
MARINERS EIGHTH: No eighth-inning magic tonight. Scott Downs didn’t mess with Carp, walking him on four pitches with one out, but Olivo struck out, and Seager was robbed of a hit on a tremendous diving stop by second baseman Howie Kendrick. 4-3 Angels.
MARINERS SEVENTH: Ichiro knocks out Santana with a two-out single, but Franklin Gutierrez strikes out against reliever Bobby “Rock The” Cassevah. 4-3 Angels.
ANGELS SEVENTH: Jamey Wright comes on and gets the side in order, fanning the last two. 4-3 Angels.
MARINERS FIFTH: The M’s got something going with a one-out walk by Gutierrez, who stole second. Ackley also walked — the seventh free pass by Santana — but Carp hit ito a double play. 4-3 Angels.
ANGELS FIFTH: A good, solid inning for Furbush, who strikes out Romine and Bourjos and gets Kendrick to ground out. 4-3 Angels.
MARINERS FOURTH: Santana walked Brendan Ryan with one out — his fifth walk — but Ryan was thrown out stealing (or at least the umpire called him out) and Robinson struck out. Wells fanned to start the inning. He’s in an 0-for-28 slide with 12 strikeouts; Robinson is 1-for-19 with 10 Ks. 4-3 Angels.
ANGELS FOURTH: Furbush issues a one-out walk without any damage. 4-3 Angels.
MARINERS THIRD: The M’s get right back in the game with three runs off Santana, who didn’t help his own cause by walking the first two batters. Ichiro doubled in one run, and Ackley singled in two more. 4-3 Angels.
ANGELS THIRD: Furbush is hurt again by the long-ball, this time a solo homer by Kendrick to center. Furbush has now given up six homers in 28 innings since he joined the Mariners. 4-0 Angels.
MARINERS SECOND: M’s get two on via walks, but Casper Wells hits into inning-ending DP. He’s now hitless in his last 27 at-bats.3-0 Angels.
ANGELS SECOND: Furbush recovers with a 14-pitch, 1-2-3 inning. 3-0 Angels.
MARINERS FIRST: And Ervin Santana needed just nine pitches to put down the Mariners, striking out Ackley for the final out. 3-0 Angels.
ANGELS FIRST: In inauspicious start for Charlie Furbush, who hits the first batter, walks the second, and with one out gives up a three-run homer to Torii Hunter. He gave up a single after that and needed 29 pitches to get out of the inning. 3-0 Angels.
Manager Eric Wedge said he’s planning to put his three September callups — relievers Shawn Kelley and Cesar Jimenez, and catcher Chris Gimenez — to use. He’s been going with a six-man bullpen recently, and likes the manueverability he has now with the two additions. And he’s anxious to get a look at Shawn Kelley, who has been out most of the season after elbow surgery.
“I want his arm to work good, and I want to see what kind of stuff he has,” Wedge said. “He’s not a veteran, but he’s been around a couple of years and has a little experience. We’ll see where he’s at.”
In 12 games with Tacoma, Kelley had a 1.84 ERA, striking out 15 in 14 2/3 innings while walking six. He said he velocity has not quite returned all the way. He topped out at 92 mph in his last outing.
“I’m still a few miles an hour away on my velocity, but the command and my slider is good,” He said. “I’m able to be effective. I would like to think any day now it will jump back up, but I know where it’s going now, and I’m feeling good with my command, so I don’t necessarily have to have it. I’ll pitch a little bit more here, get on a good offseason program, get a little more rest, and let everything really heal up, and hopefully next spring, it’s normal.”

Gimenez comes off the 60-day disabled list from an oblique injury.
” I’ll tell you what: He helps us a great deal, just in regards to game management,” Wedge said. “Knowing you have a guy that can go out there and catch, first third, left, right. When you’re trying to make moves and make sure you have coverage, to have a guy like that is one hell of a safety net. He’s a good kid, a good player, a hard worker. He’s tough. He’s a good teammate. I think he’s still getting better. I think a lot of Chris.”
Justin Smoak continues his rehab assignment in Tacoma. “I’m just taking it day to day right now,” Wedge said. “He’s playing again tonight. I’m going to talk to Brownie (manager Daren Brown) tonight, and go from there. He could be back as early as tomorrow (in Oakland) or he might get another day or two down there. The fine line is, you want him up here as soon as possible, but you want him to get enough at-bats where he can compete his best possible initially, knowing he’s going to get better.”
Wedge said that the Mariners will stay in a six-man rotation, meaning Anthony Vasquez will get another start.
Casper Wells has been struggling for the Mariners, going 0-for-26 since his last hit, a single in the third inning
“One thing I do appreciate is the way he’s been playing defensively, even though he’s been struggling offensively,” Wedge said. “I felt like he was a little more aggressive when he came up here initially, catching the ball a little more out front. He’s fighting through at-bats. He’s been chasing a little bit. I think he’s been going through a little bit of an adjustment phase, like we talked about. He dabbled around in Detroit a little bit, then he came here and played pretty much every day. He had some success, becomes a focal point, so now he’s got to work through that.”

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