Thursday, September 15, 2005
In 25 words or less: The Angels were held to two runs in the series after two games. The complete opposite happened here.
[first posted Thu ~9:10p; lack of sleep caught up to ol' me. So did a game that lasted three hours and twenty-seven minutes.]
This one featured Joe Saunders going up against Jamie Moyer.
Solid start. Chone Figgins fell behind 0-2 before popping a 1-2 pitch to Richie Sexson along the rightfield line. Orlando Cabrera bounced out to short. Garret Anderson got ahead 2-0 and wound up flying out to leftfield.
Early and often. Ichiro grounded the second pitch to first. Jeremy Reed walked on a 3-1 pitch low and away for a walk. Raul Ibañez took a 2-0 pitch very very high and to the backstop. Reed had gone to second on the pitch and had it easily, and the wildness allowed him to scoot to third. Ibañez nonetheless cranked the 3-0 pitch well over the wall in rightfield.
»» MARINERS 2, ANGELS 0
Richie Sexson lined a full-count pitch into the rightfield seats over the Boeing advertisement.
»» MARINERS 3, ANGELS 0
Adrian Beltre grounded the second pitch hard to a sliding Cabrera in the left-side hole. Jose Lopez fell behind 0-2 but dragged out the at-bat until popping to Adam Kennedy in shallow rightfield on a 1-2 pitch, the eighth pitch of the at-bat.
Very good. Vladimir Guerrero got ahead 3-1 and later flew out to Ichiro at the rightfield fence on a full count. Robb Quinlan popped a 2-0 pitch to Reed charging inward in centerfield. Casey Kotchman stuck the second pitch into leftfield for a single. Jose Molina fell behind 0-2 and took the 1-2 pitch to the left shoulder, moving Kotchman to second. Jeff DaVanon flew out to centerfield on a 2-2 pitch.
Split the uprights. Greg Dobbs fell behind 0-2 and poked a full-count pitch past Kotchman and down rightfield line for a double. Yuniesky Betancourt walked on four pitches. Miguel Ojeda fell behind 0-2 and wound up whiffing on a 1-2 change. Ichiro popped a 1-2 pitch to shallow leftfield, where Anderson made a running and sliding catch. Reed chopped the second pitch off of Kotchman's glove at first and down the rightfield line for a double, scoring Dobbs and moving Betancourt to third.
»» MARINERS 4, ANGELS 0
Ibañez laced the first pitch into centerfield for a single, scoring Betancourt and Reed.
»» MARINERS 6, ANGELS 0
Sexson fell behind 0-2 and wound up whiffing on a full count.
Saunders' line: 2 innings, 6 runs, 5 hits, 2 walks, 2 strikeouts, 57 pitches (33 strikes)
Brutal. Adam Kennedy fouled off four pitches with a full count before stinging the eleventh pitch of the at-bat past Lopez and into rightcenter for a double. Figgins singled through the left side, moving Kennedy to third. Cabrera popped a 2-2 pitch to Lopez on the infield. Anderson lasered the first pitch into rightfield for a single, scoring Kennedy and sending Figgins to third.
»» MARINERS 6, ANGELS 1
Guerrero flew out to leftfield on the first pitch, and Figgins beat the throw home. Anderson tagged and went to second.
»» MARINERS 6, ANGELS 2
Quinlan singled into rightfield on the first pitch, and Anderson beat the throw home. Quinlan took second on the throw.
»» MARINERS 6, ANGELS 3
Kotchman singled the second pitch past Lopez and into centerfield, scoring Quinlan.
»» MARINERS 6, ANGELS 4
Molina stuck a single into leftfield, moving Kotchman to second. DaVanon grounded the first pitch to short for a 6-4 fielder's choice.
Esteban Yan came in for Saunders. Beltre smoked the second pitch into rightfield for a single. Lopez singled into rightfield on a 2-0 pitch, moving Beltre to second. Dobbs got ahead 3-1 and walked on a full-count pitch high and away. Betancourt flew out to rightfield on the second pitch, and Beltre tagged and scored.
»» MARINERS 7, ANGELS 4
Ojeda smacked a 2-2 pitch right to Figgins in centerfield. Ichiro got ahead 2-0 and eventually chopped a 2-2 pitch to third.
Odd. Kennedy flew out to centerfield. Figgins got ahead 3-0 and stung a 3-1 pitch into leftfield for a single. Cabrera watched as Figgins was snuffed out on the basepaths as Moyer threw to Sexson, who threw over to Betancourt at second. Cabrera later singled into rightfield. After Cabrera was nearly picked off of first, Anderson flew out to leftfield on an 0-2 pitch.
Zerophonic. Reed flew out to centerfield. Ibañez rolled to second on the first pitch. Sexson got ahead 2-0 and later took a 2-2 pitch over the outside corner.
Yan's line: 2 innings, 1 run, 2 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 36 pitches (20 strikes)
No. Guerrero cranked a 3-1 high fastball for a double on the leftfield line and toward the corner. Quinlan bounced to third, and Guerrero held at second. Kotchman singled a 2-0 pitch up the middle, scoring Guerrero.
»» MARINERS 7, ANGELS 5
Molina lined the first pitch into centerfield for a single, moving Kotchman to second. DaVanon grounded an 0-2 pitch to Sexson for a 3-1 putout, moving Kotchman to third and Molina to second. Kennedy got ahead 3-0 and wound up aingling into rightcenter, scoring Kotchman and Molina.
»» ANGELS 7, MARINERS 7
Figgins fell behind 0-2 and ended up watching as Kennedy took off too early from second, and Moyer threw over to first, starting the 1-6-3 putout.
Moyer's line: 5 innings, 7 runs, 13 hits, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 101 pitches (64 strikes)
Kelvim Escobar came in for Yan. Beltre grounded a 1-2 pitch to third. Lopez grounded out to short. Dobbs whiffed on a 1-2 pitch.
Julio Mateo came in for Moyer. Figgins lined a single into rightcenter. Cabrera got ahead 2-0 and wound up grounding to short, moving Figgins to second (he'd taken off with the pitch). Anderson popped the first pitch high to Betancourt on the outfield grass. Guerrero was intentionally walked. Quinlan whiffed on a 1-2 pitch.
Yippee. Betancourt lined the second pitch into centerfield for a single. Ojeda bunted the first pitch up the first-base line, and Escobar tagged Ojeda on his way down the line. Ichiro nubbed a 1-2 gapper into leftcenter for a double, scoring Betancourt.
»» MARINERS 8, ANGELS 7
Reed watched as Ichiro took third on a 2-0 pitch. Reed hit a broken-bat 3-0 single to centerfield, scoring Ichiro.
»» MARINERS 9, ANGELS 7
Ibañez watched as Reed was nailed trying to steal second. Ibañez singled to centerfield on a 2-0 pitch. Sexson tapped the second pitch back to the mound.
Escobar's line: 2 innings, 2 runs, 4 hits, 0 walks, 1 strikeout, 29 pitches (19 strikes)
Solid. Kotchman grounded a 2-0 pitch to short. Molina fell behind 0-2 and eventually whiffed on a 2-2 pitch. DaVanon whiffed on a 2-2 pitch as well.
Mateo's line: 2 innings, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, 3 strikeouts, 33 pitches (18 strikes)
Brendan Donnelly came in for Escobar. Beltre popped the first pitch to Kennedy on the infield. Lopez popped a 2-0 pitch to DaVanon on the rightfield track. Dobbs worked a 1-2 count for a walk (high ball four). Betancourt fell behind 0-2 but singled to centerfield on a full count, moving Dobbs to second. Ojeda popped the second pitch high to rightcenter.
Donnelly's line: 1 inning, 0 runs, 1 hit, 1 walk, 0 strikeouts, 19 pitches (10 strikes)
George Sherrill came in for Mateo. Kennedy whiffed on a 2-2 pitch. Figgins walked on a high full-count pitch.
JJ Putz came in for Sherrill. Cabrera hit the first pitch right to Lopez at second, who had a sure inning-ending double-play ball go off the heel of his glove as Figgins advanced to second and Cabrera reached on the error. Anderson bounced a 2-2 pitch through the hole on the right side, scoring Figgins and sending Cabrera to third.
»» MARINERS 9, ANGELS 8
Guerrero grounded the first pitch to Betancourt at short, who started the 6-4-3 double play.
Sherrill's line: 1/3 inning, 1 run (unearned), 0 hits, 1 walk, 1 strikeout, 13 pitches (7 strikes)
Putz' line: 2/3 inning, 0 runs, 1 hit, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 8 pitches (6 strikes)
Francisco Rodriguez came in for Donnelly. Ichiro fell behind 0-2 and later grounded out to short. Reed lined out to third on the second pitch. Ibañez roped a full-count pitch into centerfield for a single. Sexson watched an 0-2 dirt breaking ball that went off Molina's shin guard, allowing Ibañez to move to second. Sexson later failed to hold his swing on a 2-2 fastball up and in.
Eddie Guardado came in for Putz. Quinlan bounced a 1-2 pitch that was hit right to Beltre, who bobbled it; Betancourt picked the ball up, but it was too late. Maicer Izturis ran for Quinlan at first. Zach Sorensen, hitting for Kotchman, bunted in front of the plate. Guardado fielded it and threw to first, where Lopez dropped the ball (error later given to Guardado for the throw). Izturis came all the way around third, trying to score, but Lopez (staying on the ground, long delay) finally picked the ball up and threw home in time to nail Izturis. Molina bounced a 2-2 pitch to short. Bengie Molina, hitting for DaVanon, singled into rightfield on a 1-2 pitch, and Sorensen was able to beat Ichiro's throw home. Curtis Pride ran for Bengie Molina.
»» ANGELS 9, MARINERS 9
Juan Rivera, hitting for Kennedy, popped the first pitch to Ojeda in foul ground, reaching over a railing.
Guardado's line: 1 inning, 1 run (unearned), 1 hit, 0 walks, 0 strikeouts, 20 pitches (16 strikes)
In the field for the Angels, Izturis stayed in to play to third, Sorensen went to second, Rivera went to rightfield, and Darin Erstad came in to play first. Beltre took a 2-2 pitch over the outside corner. Lopez fell behind 0-2 and drilled a full-count double into the leftcenter gap. Ramon Santiago ran for Lopez. Dobbs was intentionally walked. Betancourt singled into leftfield, and Anderson airmailed the throw home, allowing Santiago to score easily. Ballgame.
»» MARINERS 10, ANGELS 9
Rodriguez' line: 1 1/3 innings, 1 run, 3 hits, 1 walk, 2 strikeouts, 35 pitches (19 strikes)
Gameball: Yuniesky Betancourt.
Goat: Miguel Ojeda.
Yr W-L Pct GB Stk
2001 105-40 .724 -- W6
2002 84-61 .579 21 L3
2003 83-62 .572 22 W1
2000 79-66 .545 26 W1
2005 64-81 .441 41 W3
2004 55-90 .379 50 W2
With the 1-for-5 game here, Ichiro has 182 hits on the season and sits with a .301 batting average. If he gets at-bats at the same pace he's been getting them for the season (605 at-bats in 145 games, 4.17 at-bats per game)...
-- he needs 18 hits to reach 200 for the season; he'd need to hit .254 for the remainder of the season, and that'd leave him with a .296 season average.
-- he needs 21 hits to finish with a .300 average for the season; he'd need to hit .296 for the rest of the season, and he'd end up with 203 hits.
-- he needs 34 hits to finish with a .320 average for the season; he'd need to hit .479 for the rest of the season, and he'd end up with 216 hits.
Harris. Loe. (Thursday).