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July 19, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Saturday’s notes and lineups for Mariners vs. Angels

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After a 16 inning game, it’s no surprise that Mike Zunino has the day off. He caught every inning and had pretty tough game. A day off was needed. This will be the first time this season that someone other than Zunino will catch Felix Hernandez. But Jesus Sucre has caught Hernandez in the past.

Endy Chavez also gets a day off after playing all those innings.

Something to watch for is some leg stiffness from left fielder Dustin Ackley. He wasn’t moving well before batting practice. He was out working on some running and agility drills with trainer Rick Griffin. But this is the season and players are expected to play through stuff like this.

McClendon said the reason he pulled Hisashi Iwakuma after 77 pitches was fatigue. Iwakuma admitted last night that he was laboring and felt out of rhythm from the four days off. It led to him wearing down.

“The bottom line, he was tired,” McClendon said. He was done. He was tired. He was ready to come out of the game. I’d be a fool to take a guy after 77 pitches. The ups and downs and long innings, it wore on him. He was tired.”

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James Paxton threw a bullpen session with the team pregame. He was happy with how his shoulder felt. Unlike his last rehab start, this time he had no soreness the following day.

“Nothing this time,” he said. “I feel great. The bullpen went great. We’re rolling.”

Paxton thought he first rehab outing in Everett was a good start.

“It wasn’t bad,” he said. “I felt like the ball was coming out really well. I had no pain at all, so that was great. I started getting a little the feel back for some of my pitches. I had that adrenaline jump and I was kind of all over the place.”

He’ll start for the Rainiers on Tuesday at Cheney Stadium. What does he expect to go better.

“Some of the execution stuff, throwing more strikes with my offspeed and even my fastball,” he said. “I just want to get to the point where I’m starting to hit my spots a little better with my pitches.”

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Taijuan Walker pitched five innings, giving up two runs on seven hits with three walks and a strikeout in the Rainiers 7-3 win in Reno. He was aided by getting hitters to ground into three double plays.

Manager Roy Howell to the TNT postgame: “Did he stand out there and punch out 10? No. But he was efficient with his pitches, and when he got in trouble he really beared down and got some double plays to get out of innings.”

McClendon’s thoughts?

“He was ok,” he said. “He’s working at it. He’s getting better.”

Walker’s fastball command is still a concern.

“This game is all about fastball command and when you don’t have command of the fastball, you are going to throw a lot of pitches,” McClendon said. “He was OK. He battled, but it wasn’t great.”

Chris Taylor had four hits and Jesus Montero hit a three-run homer.  Interesting radio call on the home run.  Here’s the video.  Some people are once again clamoring for Montero to be called to DH.

Here’s is a reason he shouldn’t be …

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Here’s Felix Hernandez’s numbers vs. the Angels … Mike Trout has had some success against him.

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Here’s the Mariners numbers vs. Garrett Richards …. There are some good numbers in there, though I think Richards is a different/better pitcher than when some of these at-bats were accumulated.

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Official game notes …. 

 

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