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August 31, 2012 at 10:15 PM

Mariners demolished 9-1 by Angels in series opener to end 8-game home win streak

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This game was pretty much done a few innings in when Kevin Millwood couldn’t get the job done early and mound opponent Dan Haren figured things out following a rough first inning. The Angels tacked on three more in the ninth off Lucas Luetge to win a 9-1 blowout and snap Seattle’s home winning streak at eight games.
The Mariners had suffered only one loss — on August 13 to Tampa Bay — in their last 16 home contests, but had little chance in this one given the ineffective work by Millwood.
Haren went on to allow only five hits and zero earned runs over seven frames, his longest outing in three months. The Angels scored five off Millwood — four earned — and made him throw 117 pitches in five innings.
Given the number of pitches the Mariners let Millwood throw, it will be interesting to see if they plan on using him his next scheduled time out. Don’t forget, rosters can expand as of tomorrow — the Mariners won’t call anyone up until after the Class AAA season ends on Monday — but then, they could have another arm here to use other than Millwood.
Erasmo Ramirez threw last night and would be on-track to take Millwood’s rotation spot on an extra day’s rest. So, we’ll see. Otherwise, having Millwood go back out after he’d thrown 97 pitches in four innings was a little odd to see.
You’d think they would rather have him save any remaining bullets for his next time out, especially with Felix Hernandez pitching tomorrow and the bullpen not really expected to have to work a whole lot.
So, we’ll see.
But the M’s were outhit 16-7 tonight. Thery haven’t been blown out like this at home in a long, long time.

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