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September 6, 2011 at 9:12 PM

Mariners at Los Angeles Angels: Sept. 6, 2011 game thread

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Just when you thought giveaways couldn’t get any worse…this one actually tops those Tears for Fears concert tickets they handed out in Oakland over the weekend.
Alberto Callaspo finally got the Angels on the scoreboard with a single to center with two out in the sixth to cut Seattle’s lead to 2-1. Felix Hernandez just carried that lead through the seventh inning and will head to the eighth with his pitch count at 95.
The Mariners have had their chances to break this game open. They’ve already stranded 12 baserunners with two innings still to go.


8:14 p.m.: Anyhow, the Mariners have a 2-0 lead midway through the fourth as the Angels appear to have caught whatever afflicted the M’s fielders last night. The Angels have already committed three errors, leading directly to both Seattle runs. Not only that, but the Angels have made even routine groundouts into an adventure tonight. Stunningly bad baseball for a team trying to stay in a pennant race.
Seattle opened the scoring in the second when Justin Smoak lined a single off the right field wall. Miguel Olivo then grounded a ball to third, where Alberto Callaspo tried for the out at second and threw the ball into center field.
That sent Smoak to third and he scored on a Trayvon Robinson sac fly.
Kyle Seager reached on a fielding error by shortstop Erick Aybar on a routine grounder in the fourth. Robinson later singled to send the runner to third and then the run scored when second baseman Maicer Izturis took a double-play grounder and tried to race to the bag himself for one out before throwing to first.
It took too long to do both and Michael Saunders beat the play at first by a step, allowing the run to score. Not sure why Izturis didn’t just flip the ball to Aybar at second. Oh well, not my problem. The Chia Pet Monkey might have something to say about it, though.
Felix Hernandez now has a 2-0 lead and he’s pretty good in those situations. Has allowed just one hit so far.
7:07 p.m.: Seattle has lost five in a row with Felix Hernandez taking the mound tonight. Ervin Santana held the Mariners to four hits last week at Safeco Field, though he did walk a bunch of guys.
Michael Saunders gets the start in center field tonight.

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