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Angels 10, Mariners 6 --- postgame notes and quotes

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Well, it was a pretty quiet clubhouse after the game. Manager Don Wakamatsu put it best when he said ... "If you would have told me that we would have got 10 hits and six runs, then we'd definitely win this game."

I think most would agree. Jarrod Washburn, who has the worst run support of any starter in the AL since 2005, got run support. He had a 3-0 lead, then a 4-1 lead. But everything fell apart in the fifth inning.

Washburn was clearly miffed on a missed strike call on a 2-2 change-up to Juan Rivera. On his next pitch, he left a fastball up and Rivera hit it out. And he had strong words with umpire Dana DeMuth following Riveras's home run.

"I was upset," Washburn said. "Unfortunately I lost my cool a little bit and made a bad pitch after that."

As for the rest of the inning, both Washburn and Wakamatsu said that his anger didn't cause him to lose focus.

"The rest of the inning had nothing do with that at-bat, well, unless if he makes the call and there are three outs and the whole inning doesn't happen."

But it did and perhaps the worst mistake he made was walking Bobby Abreu. Sure there was a bag open but you don't want to bring Torii Hunter up with bases loaded. Yes Washburn had struck him out earlier in the game, but Hunter came in 3-for-5 this season with a homer and double and five RBI off of Washburn, he leaves 4-for-6 with a two doubles, a homer and eight RBI.

"I lost command for four pitches to Abreu and walked him and that hurt," Washburn said.

Washburn said he was trying to work Hunter in, and after Hunter took two pitches that were a little inside, Washburn tried to sneak a ball on the inside half for a called strike, but it wasn't in far enough.

"I just got too much of the plate and left it up," Washburn said.

manager Don Wakamatsu said. "It was really game split in half. I thought we'd played our best baseball in the first half … and then obviously our pitching let us down a little bit."

As for Brandon Morrow, Wakamatsu had mixed feelings. He was obviously not impressed with the two runs in the sixth, but he like that Morrow battled back and pitched out of a jam in the seventh.

"This guy will be a big part of our bullpen as we go forward," Wakamatsu said. "So I look at that as a positive that he battled through that. Overall I'm happy with that."


&bull The Angels hit 3 home runs, tying their season high (last: 4/11/09 vs. BOS)…also recorded a season-high tying 7 extra-base hits in today's game, their 3rd of the season (last: 4/28 at BAL).

&bull Kendry Morales had his first career 2 home run game, going 3x5 with his 7th and 8th home runs of the season...since April 22nd, his 8 home runs are tied for 2nd best in the American League…his 3-hit game also ties his career high… Morales is the 2nd Angel to have a two home run game this season (last: Mike Napoli, 4/11/09 vs. BOS)

&bull Juan Rivera went 2x4 with a home run with an RBI, walk and a career-high tying 3 runs scored...had scored 3 runs in a game in 6 previous games (last: 7/4/06 at Seattle)...each of his last three 3-run games have come at Safeco Field.

&bull Mike Napoli's double in the 2nd inning snapped a string of 17 consecutive singles for the Angels...they had not recorded an extra-base hit since a 3-run home run by Kendry Morales in the 9th inning on May 15 at Texas.

&bull Bobby Abreu had his 14th stolen base of the season, and remains 4th in the AL.


&bull With his leadoff home run in the 4th, Russell Branyan extended his home hitting streak to 10 games…he has now recorded an extra-base hit in 9 consecutive games, tying the club record (Alex Rodriguez, 1997; Rupert Jones, 1979)…home extra-base hit streak is also tied for 2nd longest in the Major Leagues since 2000.

&bull Ken Griffey Jr. went 2x4 with an RBI including 2,700th hit of career with 1st inning single …two hits tied a season-high.

&bull Jarrod Washburn allowed a season-high tying 6 runs (last: 4/26 at LAA)...lost his 2nd straight start against the Angels and has allowed 14 earned in 16.1 innings for a 7.72 ERA in 2009...since the start of the 2008 season, Washburn is 1-5, 5.97 ERA (23 ER, 34.2 IP) in his last 6 starts against the Angels.

&bull Ichiro Suzuki went 2x5 with a run scored and extended his hitting streak to 12 games with a single in the 5th inning…during the streak he is hitting .377 (20x53) with 4 runs, a double, 2 home runs, and 3 RBI…both of his hits were of the infield variety, his 6th and 7th in his last 10 games, and he leads the Major Leagues in infield hits with 13.

&bull Kenji Johjima had a bunt single in the 2nd inning, it was the second bunt single of his career (last: 9/14/07 vs. TB).

&bull Wladimir Balentien went 1x3 with a double in the 8th inning…it was his 8th double of the season and his 7th in tied for the American League lead in doubles during May.