Mariners Insider Blog

Another Day, Another DH - And Mariners Game # 146

The Mariners safrted Matt Tuiasosopo at DH tonight, and he's their 15th player to man that spot this season.

If you can name the other 14, you need a more well-rounded life - but here they are:

Wladimir Balentien, Adrian Beltre, Miguel Cairo, Jeff Clement, Tug Hullett, Raul Ibanez, Ichiro, Kenji Johjima, Bryan LaHair, Jose Lopez, Greg Norton, Jeremy Reed, Richie Sexson and Jose Vidro.

Meanwhile, Seattle scored in the first - an RBI double for Beltre - then threw out Gary Matthews Jr. at the plate on a fine throw from Yuniesky Betancourt.

After one: Mariners 1, Angels 0 ...

One out walk, then a Rob Quinlan triple that scooted by Ichiro in right field and a broken bat RBI bloop single for Mike Napoli.

Doesn't take much to fall behind the Angels, and Ryan Rowland-Smith has done it.

One hard-hit ball?

Angels 2, Mariners 1 ...

Since Napoli's excuse-me RBI single, Rowland-Smith has retired eight Angels hitters in a row.

The jury may be out until next spring on starters like Brandon Morrow and Ryan Feierabend - to say nothing of Erik Bedard and Carlos Silva - but Rowland-Smith has been a rock.

In his first eight starts, he's gone 2-1 with a 3.91 ERA, and pitched 46 innings - an average of nearly six innings a start.

Tonight, he's looked sharp into the fifth.

Angels 2, Mariners 1 ...

With two outs and Miguel Cairo aboard, Betancourt singled, Ibanez singled - RBI No. 106 - and Beltre singled.

Lopez then hit the hardest shot of the inning, a bolt up the middle that pitcher Joe Saunders caught.

Yes, that was Saunders shaking his head at the play.

Mariners 3, Angels 2 ...

Break for the Mariners, slightly troubling news for the Angels: Vladimir Guerrero has left the game with a tender right knee.

Meanwhile, Rowland-Smith has gotten through six innings - taking a line drive off his left leg but staying in.

Mariners 3, Angels 2 ...

Angels chased Rowland-Smith after 91 pitches, and tied the game on a sacrifice fly against Roy Corcoran.

All three runs are Rowland-Smith's, who went 6 1/3 innings.

After six: Mariners 3, Angels 3 ...

Mike Napoli's two-out, two-run walkoff home run against Miguel Batista won this one.

Final: Angels 5, Mariners 3