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August 11, 2012 at 7:42 PM

Mariners hope to play some “cleaner” baseball tonight

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The Angels finally got on the board in the fifth as Vernon Wells singled to center to score Erick Aybar from second and make it a 7-1 game, the M’s still well ahead. Aybar had reached on a fielder’s choice in which Kyle Seager made a nice play to get Alberto Callaspo hung up in a rundown between second and third. Aybar was halfway to second by the time Callaspo was tagged and the M’s might have had a double play had there been a slower runner involved. But the speedy Aybar just beat the tag at second.
That is not an easy rundown and double-play to execute. Had they pulled it off, I believe it would have been the first time all year the M’s succeeded in doing that.
7:16 p.m.: The Mariners keep pouring it on and now lead 7-0 midway through the fourth after knocking Angels starter Dan Haren out of the game. Seattle scored three more runs in the fourth after a leadoff infield single by Miguel Olivo, and then a throwing error that sent him to second base. Olivo took third on a wild pitch and then Trayvon Robinson walked and stole second.
Brendan Ryan hit a sacrifice fly that scored Olivo and moved Robinson to third. An ensuing ground ball went right through the wickets of Albert Pujols for an error and another run. Haren was pulled from the game at that point and Jerome Williams came on, got one out, then yielded a a run-scoring single to center by John Jaso for the seventh Seattle run of the game.
6:56 p.m.: John Jaso hit his second homer in as many nights in the third inning, ripping another ball high into the right field stands to make it 4-0. Hisashi Iwakuma had retired his first seven batters before giving up a one-out single to Vernon Wells in the third. Iwakuma quickly erased that on a 4-6-3 double-play grounder by Chris Iannetta.


6:38 p.m.: The Mariners took it to Dan Haren in the second inning and now have a 3-0 lead. A one-out walk to Mike Carp was followed by a two-out single by Miguel Olivo blooped into right field that left runners at the corners.
Trayvon Robinson came up next and singled to right as well to open the scoring. Brendan Ryan drew a walk to load the bases and Dustin Ackley lined a hard single to right to score a pair. For the second night in a row, the Mariners are off to a good lead. Let’s see whether they can hold it.
6:03 p.m.: One of the things Mariners manager Eric Wedge was admant about before the game was that he feels his squad has played relatively “clean” baseball games this year, free of stumbling and bumbling. In the same breath, he said that the last two nights have been exceptions to those rules.
But in general, he’s pleased with the lack of mistakes being made this season, which is something given the age of this young team. We’ll see what happens tonight. It would help if Hisashi Iwakuma can keep them in the game early. This Angels squad has the power and speed to put up runs in a hurry and Iwakuma needs to be more like he was versus the Blue Jays and less the guy who faced the Yankees.
He should pick the tempo up a bit, too. The time taken between pitches is getting to be ridiculous. Let’s see how he does.

Comments | Topics: Brendan Ryan, Dustin Ackley, Hisashi Iwakuma

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