The roof just caved in on Carter Capps and Charlie Furbush in the sixth inning and the Mariners now trail 11-2. The Angels scored seven times after Capps came on to replace Aaron Harang in a two-run contest to start the sixth.
This is the second straight game in which the Mariners have collapsed in the sixth or seventh innings and it does not bode well for the rest of the trip.
I’ll leave out the finer details. Suffice to say, there were a ton of hits — including a double by Albert Pujols laced off the glove of Endy Chavez. Also a throwing error by Nick Franklin that led to a pair of unearned runs.
But the Angels have a season-high 18 hits. You give up that many, you’re going to lose.
8:20 p.m.: Nick Franklin just got the Mariners back in this one by connecting for a two-run homer to left off Jason Vargas in the top of the third. So, that makes it a 4-2 game. Endy Chavez had kept the inning going with a bloop single down the left field line with two out.
As an aside, Franklin’s agent, Scott Boras, is sitting here watching the game from his dugout level seats. He’s also here to see his other client, Kendrys Morales, who should earn him quite a bit of coin later this year.
7:55 p.m.: The Angels took batting practice against Aaron Harang in the second inning and now lead it 4-0. The big blow was a two-run homer to center by Josh Hamilton that deflected off the glove of a leaping Michael Saunders. Prior to that, Harang gave up a single and then a grounder to shortstop Carlos Triunfel, whose throw pulled Michael Morse off the first base bag. At least, that’s what the umpire said. The replay was close.
The play was huge, since it left runners at the corners and then a sacrifice fly by Mike Trout scored the run.
Instead of three outs, there was still only two and Hamilton unloaded from there.
7:30 p.m.: Didn’t take long for Aaron Harang to get smacked around in the first inning. Harang yielded two singles and then an RBI double to right by Howie Kendrick that gives the Angels a 1-0 lead.
7:03 p.m.: Aaron Harang got lit up in a 12-0 loss here last month as the Mariners went on to lose eight games in a row. They are still climbing out of that mess, albeit with much better work by Harang and the starting rotation of late.
The question now is, can the offense score enough runs? We’ll see. The Mariners are facing Jason Vargas. Some of you may have heard of him.
In other news, Jason Bay has what manager Eric Wedge described to me as “a knot” in his right hamstring. It began coming on in the latter stages of last night’s game and he’s not in there tonight, even with a lefty on the mound.
Justin Smoak is still on a Class AAA injury rehab assignment, being watched in person by GM Jack Zduriencik. You’d have to think Smoak will be up here any day now, with Kendrys Morales still unable to play first base because of his back. Ditto for Dustin Ackley if Bay’s hamstring keeps him out much longer and the Mariners need more outfield help.
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