Here's the box score.
A few housekeeping things....
* Manager Don Wakamatsu said that Jarrod Washburn was fighting a really bad head cold and some flu like symptoms. One of the reasons they took him out after six innings was that Washburn was starting to feel weak.
Washburn whispered a few words in the cluhouse. His voice was clearly gone and he asked not to answer questions because of it.
* Kenji Johjima has a strain of the right hamstring. Wakamatsu said it will be reevaluated on Thursday. If he goes on the disabled list, they could either call up Jeff Clement or Jamie Burke. Clement is struggling mightily at Triple A Tacoma, hitting just .053 (1 hit in 19 at-bats). The M's could call on veteran Jamie Burke, but he's not on the 40-man roster, and so to call him up, someone would have to be taken off the 40-man roster, which would make the eligible to be claimed by another team. But someone like Bryan LaHair, who is on the 40-man, could be dropped to make room.
Also I asked Wakamatsu if they are going to have to make a roster move to add some bullpen help with Chris Jakubauskas starting for the disabled list bound Ryan Rowland-Smith. Wakamatsu said they were going to meet after the game to make that decision and minor league director Pedro Grifol and some other scouts were loitering around Wak's office.
However some of the best relievers in Tacoma thus far, Denny Stark, Eric Hull, Randy Messenger and Jesus Delgado are not on the 40-man roster either. So Wak and his guys have decisions to make.
Let's go to Ichiro
Here's video clip of it.
Ichiro was his typical interesting self following the game. He met with a really large group of Asian reporters after the game, and then addressed the English-speaking writers, even taking a few digs at us.
Here's a transcript ...
In your thoughts of this record, did grand slam ever enter your mind?
"I definitely didn't think grand slam, but a lot of times when I have records on the line, I have had a tendency to hit home runs in those situations. So it crossed my mind that it might happen, but a grand slam, that barely happens in any situation, so that did not cross my mind."
Will you feel better when the record is behind you?
"The American media finds out this information through the Japanese media and that's why you come here (locker). So I am glad that part of it is going to disappear."
Did you feel you had to do something special on your return tonight because the team has been playing so well?
"I didn't think I had to do anything special today, especially because the team made it easy for me to come back and play with everybody. I am thankful for that, but also today, I felt that if the team didn't win tonight when I got back, all of you guys would write about that, so I am glad that is not going to happen."
On what it meant to have Isao Harimoto on hand at the game?
"This game had a lot of meaning for me for him to come all the way here from Japan to see me play. It's probably the first and only time that will happen."
On hitting a homer on the same day as Junior hit a memorable homer?
For me to hit a home run on the same day Junior hit ahistorical home run for him too is special for me. But not only that was special, but probably the two lightest guys in baseball hit home runs together - Me and Endy Chavez. That is very special to me as well."
* Let's get to Griffey's home run
Here's the video of it.
He tried to downplay it saying, "I just try to go up and do what I can. If it goes out, it goes out."
After the homer he grabbed his son, Trey, who was in the dugout and kissed him on the cheek.
"The guys put him up to it," Griffey said. "It's one of those things where the guys were teasing him. It wasn't his fault. He toled I scarred him for life. He wasn't real happy about that. He said we would have to discuss some things when we got home."
No player has ever 400 homers for one team and 200 for another.
Now we get to Rob Johnson and Shawn Kelley
Johnson, as I've mentioned numerous times, is from my home state of Montana. He had a big impact going 2-for-3 with two RBI and two runs scored, and really it could have been 3-for-3, his chopper in his last at-bat was bang-bang play at first base.
"Kenji was 2-for-2 when he got hurt, I just wanted to keep it going," he said.
While the two-run single was big, the lead-off double in sixth was probably more impressive. He showed speed most catchers don't have legging out the double and a head-first slide into second that knocked the wind out of him.
"Right out of box I was thinking two, I saw the ball skip a little bit and I knew Torii's quick so I knew I had to go," Johnson said. "Wak had been preaching aggressiveness so I knocked the wind out of me."
Johnson raved about the performance of Shawn Kelley, who came in and cleaned up the mess left by Miguel Batista. Kelley came in with runners on first and second with no outs. He got an out on a sac bunt, then struck out Erick Aybar and Chone Figgins. The strike out to Figgins, Kelley painted a fastball on the outside half that Figgins feebly waved at.
"He has ice in his veins," Johnson said. "He looked like a veteran out there. He really trusts his stuff. He was just dotting them. The strikeout to Figgins he just dotted it, down and away, I didn't even move."
Said Wakamatsu: "When Kelley came in there and pitched out of that jam, it was the turning point in the ballgame. Another big step for our bullpen."
Some notes from the M's
&bull Jered Weaver is now 3-3, 6.00 ERA in 8 starts at Safeco Field. The Angels have lost 5 of his last 7 starts in Seattle.
&bull The Angels gave up a season high 11 runs and walked 6 batters for the third time this season.
&bull Seattle has now won 6 straight games, their longest winning streak since winning 8, (June 23-July 1, 2007). At 7-2, this start ties the Mariners best start in franchise history. Seattle was 7-2 during the record-breaking 2001 season.
&bull Ichiro Suzuki went 2x5 with a grand slam home run in today's game. With his grand slam to right field in the seventh inning, his second hit of the game, he tied Isao Harimoto for the most professional hits by a Japanese-born player with 3,085. Isao Harimoto was in attendance for today's game.
&bull Ken Griffey Jr. homered to right-center on a 2-1 pitch in the fifth inning. It was his 400th home run as a Mariner, and his 613th overall. Griffey later singled to left in the 7th and came around to score.
&bull Endy Chavez and Ken Griffey Jr. hit back-to-back home runs in the fifth inning to give the Mariners the lead. It was the first time the Mariners have hit back-to-back home runs since Wladimir Balentien and Kenji Johjima went deep consecutively at Minnesota on Aug. 17, 2008, the only time during the 2008 season.
&bull Endy Chavez went 2x4 and extended his hitting streak to 9 games. He remains tied for the longest hitting streak in the Majors this season. This now ties the second longest hitting streak of his career (last: July 18-26, 2004 w/ MON).
&bull Ichiro's grand slam in the seventh inning was the fourth of his career (last: August 25, 2005).
&bull Jarrod Washburn recorded the 100th victory of his career with today's 6.0 inning effort and his 25th as a Mariner.
&bull Jose Lopez's sacrifice bunt in the fourth inning led to the Mariners first run of the game and was the 7th of the year for Seattle. The Mariners lead the AL in sacrifice hits this season. In 2008, the M's were 4th in the AL with 36 sac bunts.
&bull Since the 2006 season, Lopez leads the Major League's in sacrifices (SF+SH) with 48.
&bull Rob Johnson came in to the game as a pinch runner for Johjima in the fourth inning and finished the game 2x3 with two runs scored and two RBI. It was the second multi-hit game of his career (last: 9/26/08 vs. OAK).
&bull Mariners notched season high's in hits (15) and runs scored (11) and walks (6) in today's game.
&bull Angelo Terranova of Port Angeles was the winner of ESPN 710's "7 in the 7th" contest as the Mariners scored seven runs in the seventh inning. Terranova won $7,000 as part of the promotion.