Much better finish to the night than the way it started off for Anthony Vasquez, who works through two more outs in the sixth inning with another homer allowed — this time a solo shot to Vernon Wells — after an eight-pitch fifth. Vasquez trails 7-3 on the scoreboard, but a few of those runs wouldn’t have scored had plays been made behind him.
Shawn Kelley came on to pitch after a single by Jeff Mathis and got a groundout to end the frame.
Vasquez didn’t set any records tonight, but he showed definite improvement he can try to build off of.
7:35 p.m.: Seattle continues to rake Dan Haren, but could only get one run across in the fifth inning on a solo homer by Brendan Ryan, cutting the Angels lead to 6-3. It was the third homer of the season for Ryan, who has turned in some really tough plays in the field as well.
The M’s are out-hitting the Angels 9-4 but have committed three errors and left six on base to just two for their opponents.
This will likely be Vasquez’s final inning, which he enters with 74 pitches thrown. He’s started to show improvement the past two frames. Hitters aren’t squaring up on him as much as last week or even earlier on in the game.
7:10 p.m.: OK, this one is probably over now, with the Angels up 6-2 after three innings. Anthony Vasquez hasn’t been great, but the fielding has been downright awful behind him. Even the inning-ending groundout in the third — as routine as they come — turned into an adventure.
Vasquez hit a batter, walked another, then saw Kyle Seager get eaten up by a hard (what else?) grounder to third that hopped by him for an error that brought one run in. Torii Hunter cashed in another with a line drive sac fly to center. Mark Trumbo then doubled to right field on a pitch up at ear level and Ichiro compounded matters by throwing the ball away for an error as another run crossed the plate.
Vasquez did pitch out of it with a runner on third and fewer than two out. But it’s all relative, as this game has gotten out of hand in a hurry — even as the M’s continue to hit Dan Haren well. Hey, at least the M’s are on the road.
6:45 p.m.: This one isn’t quite over yet, as the M’s kept right on hitting off of Dan Haren in the second inning to draw within a run at 3-2. Adam Kennedy doubled off the right field wall, Josh Bard singled to right to bring in the run and the Trayvon Robinson doubled off the wall in right center to put runners at second and third with only one out.
But Ichiro grounded out to the right side with the runner holding at third. Brendan Ryan then took a called third strike to end the threat.
Anthony Vasquez managed to make it through a 1-2-3 inning, so we’re on to the third.
6:33 p.m.: Anthony Vasquez managed to get the first two outs of the first inning with only a double allowed before the fireworks began. Torii Hunter crushed a ball to the deepest part of the park in center that Trayvon Robinson appeared to hone in on at the wall. But Robinson missed the ball on his leap and had it go for an RBI triple.
Mark Trumbo then rocketed one over the wall in left center for a two-run homer to give the Angels a 3-1 lead.
6:19 p.m.: The Mariners have lost four in a row and send Anthony Vasquez out there tonight against the Angels for the second time in a week. Oh yeah, Dan Haren is his mound opponent.
Seattle notched three straight singles with two out off Haren in the top of the first to grab a 1-0. Dustin Ackley, Mike Carp and then Justin Smoak all singled. Carp was thrown out going from first to third on that hit to end the inning, but not before the run scored.
Smoak is the DH tonight with Adam Kennedy at first base. M’s manager Eric Wedge wanted Smoak to have another day to ease back into playing again after his injury, so Kennedy gets the fielding position while Smoak focuses on hitting.