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May 24, 2012 at 9:16 PM

Mariners try to extend some other team’s misery for a change

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Dan Haren has allowed just four hits through eight innings and leads the Mariners 3-0 as we head to the ninth.
That strikeout on Michael Saunders in the eighth was the 12th by Haren tonight, tying his career high. It was also the 1,500th strikout of Haren’s career.
8:38 p.m.: It’s bad enough the Mariners have to worry about the deep ball with Albert Pujols. But tonight, he’s hurting them with small ball as well.
The Angels made it 3-0 in the sixth when Pujols singed to left, then took off on a pitch low and made it to second with a stolen base. Miguel Olivo came up in a throwing position but held on to the ball.
Kendrys Morales then singed to left with one out to bring Pujols home.
8:16 p.m.: Still a 2-0 game, Angels in the lead, as we head to the fifth inning. The Mariners have just one hit off Dan Haren so far.
Ichiro made a rare mental gaffe in the fourth inning, forgetting how many outs there were when he caught a Howie Kendrick fly ball to right. Albert Pujols tagged up and went to third base on the play while Ichiro put his head down and began jogging towards the Mariners dugout.
Pujols began creeping slowly towards home, but quickly retreated when Ichiro realized his mistake and fired the ball back in.


7:22 p.m.: That didn’t take very long, did it? Jason Vargas just gave up a two-run homer to Albert Pujols in the first inning o fall behind 2-0. The blast was the 450th of Pujols’s career, hitting off the 710 ESPN sign on the facing of the second deck in left.
7:05 p.m.: We’ve gotten used to the Mariners being dealt a rotten hand over the years, even when they went into seasons with folks thinking they might contend. We all know firsthand how long those seasons can feel.
Well, the Angels are in much the same boat, sputtering along in last place at 20-25. They’ve got a 1-5 Dan Haren going to the mound tonight and believe me, that was not part of the 2012 blueprint. Haren has been victimized by a lack of run support, but also by the fact he’s given up a ton of hits.
So, for once, the Mariners get to add to another team’s misery in the AL West. Hasn’t happened often the past decade.
Jason Vargas takes the mound for Seattle.
My old pal Windell Middlebrooks of Miller High Life fame threw out tonight’s ceremonial first pitch. You might remember him making an appearance on this blog two years ago when the M’s were playing the Brewers in Milwaukee.
See it on the video link below.

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