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August 10, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Mariners blow five-run lead, suffer deserved 6-5 loss

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ADDITIONAL NOTE: Tom Wilhelmsen left the team on Thursday to be with his pregnant wife while she waited to give birth to the couple’s first child. No word on whether that has happened yet, but he was obviously not available to pitch tonight.
Not all blown five-run leads are created equal. Felix Hernandez didn’t make enough good pitches tonight, to be certain. But he had plenty of help from his teammates when it came to who was responsible for this 6-5 loss to the Los Angeles Angels.
There were errors in the field, a baserunner who wandered off second on a routine popup to snuff a rally, then an offense that mustered just two hits after the third inning. An Angels baserunner also tagged up and scored from second on a flyball out.
Oh yeah, there was Hernandez surrendering a lead of at least four runs for only the second time in 44 games.


Then, the ninth, where the umps missed a balk call that would have handed the game to the Angels, only to see Los Angeles go on to win anyway. Kendrys Morales opened with a double that Casper Wells tried to cut off in left field bu could not. An intentional walk put two on and then Josh Kinney appeared to clearly balk by coming to the set position and stepping off the rubber. Nobody saw it, much to the furor of Angels manager Mike Scioscia.
One bunt and one intentional walk later, pinch-hitter Maicer Izturis was up at the plate with the bases loaded. Kinney uncorked a wild-pitch and another night of misery for the M’s was done.
A true team effort in this one. Mariners now 1-6 on the trip.

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