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GAME UPDATES: Angels vs. Mariners, April 16th

I'll give you one guess who these people are. Can't imagine there has been a run on Jakubauskas jerseys by people not named Jakubauskas.

The reason Vlad Guerrero is out of the lineup is that he suffered a strained right pectoral muscle and is headed back to Los Angeles to be examined by Dr. Lewis Yocum on Friday. Line-ups at the bottom of the post.


Top of 1st

A solid start for Jak - that's what were calling him because I refuse to a 12 letter name over and over, same with Wak and Z. Jak gives up a two-strike hit to Chone Figgins, but gets a double play ball from Howie Kendrick. Unfortunately the double play twins can't turn it and get just the lead run. But Jak comes back and strikes out Bobby Abreu looking with a fastball on the outside corner and then throws a nice elevated 92 mph fastball to get Torii Hunter swinging. The Jak family below me was quite excited.

Bottom of 1st

Joe Saunders works a 1-2-3 inning. Mike Sweeney hit a ball mildly hard, but the linedrive was caught by Maicier Izturis at shortstop.

Top of 2nd

Jak looking strong, he works a perfect inning, striking out Gary Matthews Jr. on a high fastball to end the inning.

Bottom of 2nd

Not much going on for the Mariners either. Saunders looks strong.

Top of 3

Jak has thrown 31 pitches only eight of them were balls. Not bad, another 1-2-3 inning.

Bottom of 3

The Mariners are 4-0 against lefty starters this year -- of course those lefties were Francisco Liriano, Glen Perkins, Josh Outman and Brett Anderson. Joe Saunders is a little better than three of those guys -- and the Mariners go down 1-2-3.

Top of 4th

Jak gets a tough break as Rob Johnson's tough attempt at catching a pop foul over the railing of the camera pit at Safeco hits his glove and bounces out, and like how it always works, Torii Hunter takes advantage of the new life and rips a double to left-center. But Jak kept his composure and got Kendry Morales to ground out to end the inning. Jak is at 55 pitches with 43 of them for strikes. He may get another inning or two.

Bottom of 4th

Congratulations to Ichiro becoming Japan's all-time hits leader. His hard ground ball through the right side gave him 3,086 career hits, surpassing the mark of 3,085 set by Isao Harimoto. The small but boisterous Safeco crowd gave him a standing ovation and the shy superstar took off his helmet and acknowledged the applause.

But the M's used the record hit to get an early 1-0 lead as they moved him around and got him in on Adrian Beltre's grounder to short. The whole situation seemed to fluster Saunders for a moment as he loaded the bases, but he struck out Wlad Balentien to end the inning.

Top of 5

Jak rolls again, gives up one hit, but that's about hit.

Bottom of 5

Saunders has refound his rhythm. M's down 1-2-3

Top of 6

Jak gets a standing ovation, leaving after giving up a pair of hits. But the bullpen can't get it done. Roy Corcoran implodes giving up four runs - two of them charged to Jak - and receiving some boos as he replaced by Mark Lowe. And it doesn't end there as Lowe give up a run-scoring single. The damage is five runs five runs on five hits -- Angels 5, Marines 1

Here's the lineup


Ichiro RF

Chavez CF

Sweeney DH

Adrian Beltre 3B

Jose Lopez 2B

Russell Branyan 1B

Wlad Balentien LF

Rob Johnson C

Yuni Betancourt SS


Chris Jakubauskas RHP


Chone Figgins 3B

Howie Kendrick LF

Bobby Abreu RF (I left him out as Snydro pointed out)

Torii Hunter CF

Kendry Morales 1B

Mike Napoli C

Gary Matthews RF

Juan Rivera DH

Maicer Izturis SS


Joe Saunders (1-1, 2.63)