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August 10, 2012 at 8:57 PM

Felix Hernandez tries to halt losing skid for Mariners

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This game is turning into a disaster for Felix Hernandez and the Mariners, who find themselves fortunate to be tied 5-5 after Kyle Seager saved a run by snagging a line drive to end the sixth. The Angels scored twice in the fifth on the same flyball out by Mike Trout.
Lead runner Howie Kendrick scored easily from third on the tag-up and then Erick Aybar was waved around as well. Eric Thames had been taken deep into the right field corner on the run and his momentum carried him even further, prompting the third base coach to wave Aybar around.
Thames made a poor throw back in — to no one, really — and the ball bounced around, allowing Aybar to score easily and Chris Ianetta to move up to second. The official scorer gave Trout two RBI on the play, saying Aybar would have scored even without the throwing error. Hmm. Can’t remember the last time I saw a major leaguer tag up and score from second base on a flyout to right field without an error causing the run. Anyway, I’m not the scorekeeper.
Couldn’t tell who was more furious with the play: manager Eric Wedge or Felix Hernandez. The M’s have not looked sharp tonight. Michael Saunders led off the fifth with a double, then got doubled up on a pop fly to shortstop Aybar. That can’t happen. Not impressed with this Mariners effort thus far.
Ervin Santana spotted them two gopher balls and now he’s out of the game in the seventh with a no-decision. That’s two huge leads blown by Seattle on this trip and it hasn’t all been the pitching.
8:07 p.m.: Mike Trout worked a great at-bat off Felix Hernandez in the third inning and then crushed a three-run homer to right-field to cut Seattle’s lead to 5-3. Herandez’s inning began with him serving up a leadoff double to Howie Kendrick. Brendan Ryan then muffed a ground ball by Erick Aybar to put two on.
After a strikeout, 21-year-old rookie Trout worked the count to 3-1 by laying off some tough Hernandez pitches. He took a borderline called strike on a high fastball to move the count even — and in hindsight, Hernandez probably wishes he’d drawn the walk. The next pitch was drilled well beyond the fence in left-center for a three-run homer. Wow. With an eye that good at the plate, this Trout kid will be a force in the AL West and MLB for years to come.
7:45 p.m.: The home run ball has hurt Ervin Santana all year and it did again in the first inning as Eric Thames led off with a single and Dustin Ackley ripped a ball into the right field seats. But that was just the start. One error and one dribbled single later, John Jaso rocketed another ball int othe stands in right for a three-run homer.
So, it’s now 5-0 for the M’s.
Santana has now allowed 28 homers this season, climbing past Jason Vargas as the worst in the AL in that department. The Jaso blast established a new career high for homers allowed by Santana, who gave up 27 dingers in 2010.
7:32 p.m.: We’re scoreless after two innings as neither Felix Hernandez nor Ervin Santana has allowed a hit to this point. Santana hit Mike Carp with a pitch with two out in the second, but promptly ended the inning shortly after.
7:07 p.m.: The last time the Mariners won a game, Felix Hernandez two-hit the Yankees six days ago for a 1-0 triumph. Now, he’ll try to do it again against the Los Angeles Angels in Anaheim. The lineup he’s facing could prove just as difficult in spots.
But Hernandez could get some run support with human home run machine Ervin Santana dealing for the Angels. Brendan Ryan is finally back in the lineup, wearing a protective elbow guard to cover the spot where he was hit by a pitch last weekend.

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