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Geoff Baker covers the Mariners for The Seattle Times. He provides daily coverage of the team throughout spring training, and during the season.

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April 19, 2008 7:23 PM

Mariners at Los Angeles Angels: 4/19 game thread

Posted by Geoff Baker


7:19 p.m.: Yes, the M's really are getting beaten by Maicer Izturis, Erick Aybar and company the past two nights. Izturis delivered the key hit last night and Aybar just ignited a three-run Angels fourth inning that's made it a 4-0 game. There were two on and two out when No. 9 hitter Aybar laced a flare into right field for a two-run single. Chone Figgins followed with another RBI hit to right. Not sure what those two throws home from Brad Wilkerson were all about.

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6:36 p.m.: Not the greatest second inning for the M's, who strand a runner at third as Brad Wilkerson takes a called third strike in the top of the frame. Jarrod Washburn then gave up the fourth double this series by Torii Hunter in the bottom of the inning, an ensuing single to Juan Rivera and a one-out sacrifice flky to left by Jeff Mathis that made it 1-0. Considering how the ball jumped off the bat of Mathis before dying in the air, the M's are fortunate to only be down one.

6:15 p.m.: A pair of three-up, three-down frames by both pitchers, so we're scoreless after one. Ichiro and Jose Lopez grounded out while Raul Ibanez took a called third strike. Chone Figgins then flied out to right off Jarrod Washburn, followed by a groundout from Gary Matthews Jr. and a lineout to second by Vlad Guerrero. The M's appear to be swinging early in the count against Ervin Santana. He does like to land early strikes and get ahead.

So, we've all concluded -- based on the last thread -- that Ervin Santana is either "a pansy'' on the road, or simply the victim of bad luck for playing in homer happy Arlington? OK. Let's see if he continues to pitch well at home tonight. J.J. Putz threw 41 pitches in a simulated game today, facing Willie Bloomquist, Miguel Cairo and Greg Norton. No idea what the final score was (no jokes, please), but Norton will be in tonight's lineup. Busy day for Norton. He took his wife and kids to Disneyland this afternoon, played in the simulated game, now gets to face Santana in a real contest.

Putz felt great, by the way. Says he is ready to go. Mariners manager John McLaren seemed to be leaning against a rehabilitation outing. But we'll know more by Tuesday.

Erik Bedard threw a 10-minute bullpen session and is said to have done well. He will throw another one on Tuesday if his arm feels OK tomorrow. As for him being better, let's hold off on any pronouncements. I'll wait to see if he can make two scheduled starts in a row before giving him a clean bill of health.

Sad news about John Marzano, who passed away at the age of 45 after suffering an apparent heart attack and falling down a flight of stairs. Raul Ibanez heard the news and was stunned. Marzano took good care of him when Ibanez was coming up with the Mariners. He had just text-messaged Ibanez a few days ago, congratulating him on his strong start and asking him to come on his radio show.

The lineups:


51 Ichiro CF
4 Jose Lopez 2B
28 Raul Ibanez LF
29 Adrian Beltre 3B
10 Greg Norton DH
44 Richie Sexson 1B
6 Brad Wilkerson RF
15 Jamie Burke C
6 Yuniesky Betancourt SS

56 Jarrod Washburn LHP

ANGELS (11-7)

9 Chone Figgins 3B
24 Gary Matthews Jr. CF
27 Vladimir Guerrero RF
11 Torii Hunter DH
21 Juan Rivera LF
39 Robb Quinlan 1B
3 Jeff Mathis C
18 Sean Rodriguez 2B
2 Erick Aybar SS

54 Ervin Santana RHP

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Posted by NateDawgUS

6:12 PM, Apr 19, 2008

My heart is with Marzano's family. Always sad to see a good wholesome person like John pass away.

Posted by Tyler E

6:18 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Why isn't Jose Vidro playing?
The Mariner's need a professional hitter in the line-up, and I just don't see Wilkerson being that person.
Why not star Vidro in Right Field???

Posted by Ty E

6:29 PM, Apr 19, 2008

If Morse was an adventure in right, then surely Turbo would a travesty out there. Dis you see him at second last year?

Posted by Faceplant

6:32 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Man, Yuni's range really seems to have diminished. That wasn't an easy play, but the 2006 Yuni gets to that ball.

Posted by i heart Morse

6:41 PM, Apr 19, 2008

so sad about Marzano...some of my most nostalgic mariner memories are simply of his interviews with the media. He was hilarious and seemed extremely likable. Must've been a pleasure to know and/or play baseball with him.

Posted by Chopper58

7:03 PM, Apr 19, 2008

This is really starting to look bad for the Mariner's batter after batter retiring.

Posted by M's Fan in Oahu

7:17 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Man WIlkerson does NOT have an arm!!...nothing like a three bouncer to the catcher.

And he does it again!!! His arm is HORRIBLE!!!

Posted by i heart Morse

7:18 PM, Apr 19, 2008

i wish we were the Felix:(

Posted by tallahassee-mariner's fan

7:18 PM, Apr 19, 2008

sexson is awful at first and wilkersons "arm" into home is downright pathetic. we need to dump these losers.

Posted by Frosty Raptor

7:28 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Is Jamie Burke catching because Wash doesn't like pitching to Kenji?

Posted by Batter Up!!!

7:31 PM, Apr 19, 2008

We are in big trouble! Offense is nonexistent. Pitching is weak. We need a miracle comeback or we will be way back by Mayday!

Posted by Nat

7:32 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Geoff: I'm just catching up as i've been gone all day and just turned on the game, but I have a response with a little twist to your question why Santana has such splits at home and on the road. I read on HH last year that Santana's religion is Santeria and voodoo - serious - there was a long blog on it.

So it follows that he might not be able to find any blood sacrifices on the road as easily as your hometown:)))) Right? Whether the Santeria actually works or not is beside the point, if Santana actually thinks it works at home, or lacks confidence in his pitching on the road w/o it, there you go. Cracked me up...

Posted by SonicsandMeBFF

7:33 PM, Apr 19, 2008

It's honestly tough to watch this, unless Bedard comes back and wins the Cy Young, I can't imagine the Mariners beating these Angels this season to win the West. Their offense is far superior, top to bottom (minus Ichiro). This just looks like that moment where the Angels take off to a huge lead in the West and never look back.

I'm really freaking out right now, someone talk me down!

Posted by Tahoma

7:35 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Wilkerson's three bouncers were from shallow right while moving toward the plate, maybe Turbo is an option in right? lol

Realistically when does it become acceptable for Bavasi to admit the Wilkerson is a bust? DFA him and lets get Wlad up with the big club, surely he can do no worse than Wilkerson and his defense would be an upgrade over this guy. Make the call Bavasi

Posted by M's Fan in Oahu

7:39 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Santeria??? LMAO Now that is funny. Its almost as if the movie Major League is coming

Posted by Tan

7:43 PM, Apr 19, 2008

What's wrong with Santeria and Voodoo? Can't imagine it is any more bizarre than Messiah wood varnish and that nonsense.

Posted by Batter Up!!!

7:46 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Did we even make a call to Torii Hunter's agent? Do you think Ichiro in RF would have thrown anyone out at home tonight?

Nice pop AB !!!

Posted by Morose Moose

7:47 PM, Apr 19, 2008

At least there's a cool breeze on this ledge.

Posted by Nat

7:48 PM, Apr 19, 2008

The Mariners certainly look like they're under his "spell" tonight :)

Seriously though, Washburn rarely seems to get a lot of run support, does he? Oh, good foir Beltre, we needed that run! Maybe the M's can make a liar out of me now - please, please, please more runs!

Posted by Stevo in Oregon

7:48 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Get out the broom. This game is over and the sweep is on.

Santana is pitching well, as he usually does at home. I tip my hat to him. We should be able to generate a little more than a hit off him though.

As usual, Washburn doesn't have the 'out' pitch to snuff an inning. Isn't it 'weird' that every ground ball to the right side seems to get through?

Geoff, I'm glad you mentioned the Wilkerson throws. Not only does he have a very weak arm, he shouldn't have made those two throws in the first place. He gave them second base both times - and gave them their fourth run as a result. There was two outs and the balls weren't hit that hard to him. Both runners at second on those hits were fast. There was no way he was going to get them. My question is - Did he throw it in a fashion to where Richie the cut off man could have got them and threw out the runner going to second? If so, then we can't fault the throw, that would be a bad decision not to cut by the catcher. Brutal either way.

I don't think I can wait a day longer for Wilkerson to produce. Not only can he not hit, he's giving away run's on 'D'.

As usual, the Angels are a superior team, even without their starting pitching studs. We spend in the top 10, as do they I would imagine. However, they sign Gary Matthews, Vlad Guerrero, and even though they still have Garret Anderson, they sign Torri Hunter. This franchise has a history of not finding the right bats/impact players in free agency and/or trade. I'm sick of it. Booooooo!

Posted by Dawg Bite

7:52 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Down by four, oh but Beltre's dinger, still should we save the bullpen and throw in the towel? How about Wilkerson, wasn't he a pitcher at U Florida? Maybe he could show off his arm some more. lol

Posted by Gator Bait

7:57 PM, Apr 19, 2008

How about that for a hit? Now McLaren will go back to playing Wilkerson everyday.

Posted by Snail's Pace

8:02 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Who said Turbo was a professional hitter? So we really need him... to get a hit.

Posted by M's Fan in Oahu

8:03 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Well I tell you what...when a pitcher is above average with power like Santana we are a punchless lineup.

The Betancourt swing in the 8th was indicative of the flailing by Ibanez, Ichiro and Beltre early on.

Vidro comes in as the pinch hit specialist and strikes out.

Again I gotta ask...why was Wilkerson throwing the ball home when he should have thrown to atleast the pitcher to fool the runner or straight in to second to hold the guy at first????

A punchless lineup against above average pitching.

Posted by Stevo in Oregon

8:06 PM, Apr 19, 2008

i missed the wilkerson hit. was it legit or a blooper?

Posted by Ball Buster

8:06 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Does Willie have a cup?

Posted by M's Fan in Oahu

8:07 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Wilkerson's hit was a blooper in dead mans land behind the third base bag and short left field.

Posted by Gator Bait

8:08 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Don't blink Stevo, Wilkerson might surprise you with another blooper, but McLaren will call it legit and give the regular job in right.

Posted by Tahoma

8:15 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Nice job by Corcaran, he is a real plus and pleasant surprise this year.

Posted by Messiah

8:17 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Jose, with all that crossing, thank you Jesus, i got a hit. Maybe the team could try Santeria and Voodoo next time and get a win.

Posted by SonicsandMeBFF

8:18 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Goodbye AL West...

Posted by Batter Up!!!

8:20 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Ichiro is no help! Something is not right with the Ichi man!

We are in Big Trouble!

Posted by Nat

8:22 PM, Apr 19, 2008

It's bad enough losing a game to the Angels w/o listening to Dave Simms' worship at the Angels temple!

Posted by The X Factor

8:25 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Seriously is Dave Sims a closet Angels fan? Maybe Mr. X

Posted by Stevo in Oregon

8:29 PM, Apr 19, 2008

I didn't see the last inning and a half, but I think it's nice to not have all homers like Blowers or Rizzs. He just knows the Angels are good.

Posted by Talk Show

8:34 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Speaking of banality - Rick Rizz, now there's an innings eater I won't miss.

Posted by John

8:37 PM, Apr 19, 2008

As predicted ...
Now we get to see if Batista can hold up. The matchups would point to a battle of the bats. Getting out of L.A. only down 2 vs. 4 would be big. These were some bad matchups for us, so I'm not overly discouraged. If Batista comes out and gets drilled Sunday, it will be bad though.

Posted by Renaissance Man

8:49 PM, Apr 19, 2008

Batista pitching - don't hold your breath - it looks like a matchup of who has the highest era. How about we use Wilkerson in long relief, wasn't he a pitcher at Florida?

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