Game 129, Angels at Mariners

DMZ · August 27, 2007 at 5:54 pm · Filed Under Game Threads 

Lackey, who is awesome, against Batista, who is Batista.

M’s lineup is standard. Angels:

DH Willits (.400 OBP)
SS Cabrera (.349 OBP)
RF Guerrero (.399 OBP)
LF Anderson (.306 OBP)
3B Izturis (.333 OBP)
CF Matthews (328 OBP)
1B Morales (.305 OBP in ~60 PA)
2B Kendrick (.338 OBP)
C Mathis (.257 OBP)

Dave notes: Angels #9 hitters are hitting .231/.284/.298 this year. Can you imagine if we blogged the Angels? Holy moly.

If you wished McLaren was more creative, well, sometimes that’s not good. Wow.

I’m going to continue to frown at my stupid USB Flash drive until game time in the hopes it stops crapping out on me weirdly, so… play nice while I’m furrowing my brow.


298 Responses to “Game 129, Angels at Mariners”

  1. Andren on August 27th, 2007 9:07 pm

    I’ve gone from excitement to anger to depression to intoxication.

  2. Sidi on August 27th, 2007 9:07 pm

    You should stay up late for the eclipse! That might be really cool.

    You mean wake up slightly early. I hope JMB doesn’t fall into the trap of the insanely early cook hours. Or the insanely late cook hours. Oh wait, he’s screwed either way.

  3. DMZ on August 27th, 2007 9:11 pm

    I too — I’ve been working my way through a bottle of wine, myself, as this has gone from bad to worse.

  4. The Unknown Comic on August 27th, 2007 9:11 pm

    Looks like a replay of every game the Mariners have faced Lackey when they really needed a win against the Angels.

  5. Grayfox on August 27th, 2007 9:12 pm

    Izturis is really goofy looking. Just though id throw that out there.

  6. Jack Howland on August 27th, 2007 9:13 pm

    Ichiro also tied Phil Rizzuto on the all time singles list tonight.

  7. _David_ on August 27th, 2007 9:17 pm

    for the love of god…

  8. The Unknown Comic on August 27th, 2007 9:17 pm

    Maybe the Mariners can still back in to the wildcard.

  9. Grayfox on August 27th, 2007 9:19 pm

    So is there anything positive comeing out of this so far that we can talk about, so that we dont have to be pissed off all night about losing?

  10. Sidi on August 27th, 2007 9:20 pm

    We could still get to the bullpen. The sun could still explode. Clowns could pop out of the bats and start devouring fans. It’s not over, people!

  11. The Unknown Comic on August 27th, 2007 9:21 pm


    The only positive I can come up with is that even Adam Jones probably wouldn’t have made much difference in this one.

  12. PositivePaul on August 27th, 2007 9:25 pm

    So, DMZ, Shiraz/Syrah, Merlot, Cab-Sav, Zin?

  13. Lauren, token chick on August 27th, 2007 9:25 pm

    I had an organic “toaster pastry” (read: hippie Pop Tart) that was really good.

    I guess that’s only positive for me, though. Although making my junk food healthier may prolong the years I’m able to dork around here making useless comments on opponent coiffures.

  14. Shizane on August 27th, 2007 9:26 pm

    RRS looks great all the times I have seen him…I think he’s going to be really good as either an 8th inning guy or a SP if they can stretch him out. I don’t think Dave was ever high on him though…

  15. krb on August 27th, 2007 9:30 pm

    Well, this sucks.

  16. bmanuw on August 27th, 2007 9:30 pm

    FRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR (Thats the sound of the Mariners crapping on themselves AGAIN in a big series

  17. Andren on August 27th, 2007 9:31 pm

    Apparently the Lions beat the Jets in pre-season football 16-0…oh wait, that was a baseball game.

  18. Grayfox on August 27th, 2007 9:33 pm

    ya i guess thats a positive point to all this lameness, At least we didnt get our butts handed to us like the yankees did today.

  19. DMZ on August 27th, 2007 9:35 pm

    ‘s a Zin I had kicking around.

  20. juneau_fan on August 27th, 2007 9:37 pm

    Now, what’ll be worse to watch? Three up, three down, or a comeback that falls painfully short?

    I’m torn myself.

    Of course, winning would be much better….

    *clinging to hope by fraying fingernails*

  21. Grayfox on August 27th, 2007 9:38 pm

    Our bullpen looks really good tonight also, to bad cant say much for anything else. But tomorrow is another day. Hope you all have a good night, wear your blue, snicker and glare at angel fans. See you all tomorrow 🙂

  22. DMZ on August 27th, 2007 9:39 pm

    Wow. Way to work it in the ninth there, guys. Really. You’re doing yeoman’s work.

  23. _David_ on August 27th, 2007 9:39 pm

    quick and painless

  24. The Unknown Comic on August 27th, 2007 9:39 pm

    The M’s couldn’t even do me the courtesy of keeping it close enough for F. Rod to earn me a fantasy save.

  25. enazario on August 27th, 2007 9:40 pm


  26. rango6 on August 27th, 2007 9:42 pm

    hope we can beat up the Halos for the next 2 games

  27. PositivePaul on August 27th, 2007 9:43 pm

    I’m tellin’ ya — the Columbia River Gorge area (Hood River area, etc…) is comin’ out with some mighty fine Zins…

    Still have a ways to go with their Cabs.

    But, wow, we tasted Pheasant Valley Zin last weekend — just released this past weekend, and we’re definitely going back over Labor Day weekend…

  28. Dan W on August 27th, 2007 9:43 pm

    Man, what a waste of the last 2.5 hours. And the previous 24 I spent looking forward to the game.

  29. everett on August 27th, 2007 9:43 pm

    Damn, what a ball game. John Lackey just won me 30 dollars in my fantasy league by locking up first place for me, and I’m still pissed off.

  30. Lauren, token chick on August 27th, 2007 9:44 pm

    Anyone want a hippie Pop Tart?

  31. The Unknown Comic on August 27th, 2007 9:45 pm


    I quit looking forward to this series after those last two losses to Texas.

  32. DMZ on August 27th, 2007 9:45 pm

    Um, yes.

  33. PositivePaul on August 27th, 2007 9:46 pm

    Does it have Weaver’s family brownie recipe as the filling???

  34. The Unknown Comic on August 27th, 2007 9:49 pm

    I had one of those hippie pop tarts once and I stayed awake for 7 straight days.

  35. awolfgang on August 27th, 2007 9:50 pm

    So, when do I get on the RRS bandwagon? Should I, or is this just a sample size? Because the few pitches I saw was low 80s keeping the hitters off balance. Just wondering if he has repeatable quality skills, or is just another unknown lefty with first time around surprise?

  36. DMZ on August 27th, 2007 9:52 pm

    I like Ryan, but I still think he’d be cuffed around if he was starting.

    Where’s my Pop Tart?

  37. Bach on August 27th, 2007 9:52 pm

    We all knew that tonight’s game would be the toughest. They had probably their best pitcher (maybe Kelvim) out there who is possibly a cy young candidate and we had our 3rd or 4th. Batista has been solid all year (except last two) in keeping us in ball games. But 90% of the time you match him up vs. Lackey and Lackey wins.

    Lets all be honest with ourselves, if we were planning on winning this series 2-1 then this was the game we were going to lose (3-0 was wishful thinking, although I was hoping too). The next two Santana vs. Weaver and Weaver vs. Felix are much much much more in our favor.

  38. Lauren, token chick on August 27th, 2007 9:58 pm

    I’ll bring it to the next USSM event I attend. I can’t guarantee that its condition will be good, though, since hippies disdain preservatives.

  39. awolfgang on August 27th, 2007 10:01 pm

    If you like non-predictive stats, here’s an interesting one. The M’s have had only one other 3 game losing streak, but they have not had a 4 game nor a 5 game losing streak. So here’s hoping they win tomorrow, otherwise I’ll fear the 6 or 7 game variety considering the schedule ahead.

    I never thought I’d say this at the beginning of the year let alone in May, but here’s to Jeff Weaver “losing streak stopper.”

  40. jephdood on August 27th, 2007 10:08 pm

    Well that game was a pooch screw..

  41. msb on August 27th, 2007 10:16 pm

    well, much like the Mariners, Rally baking has regressed to the mean.

    I got some chocolate chip cookies out of it, though.

  42. msb on August 27th, 2007 10:16 pm

    oh, and gosh, I sure am looking forward to Sept 20th-23rd now.

  43. Tom on August 27th, 2007 11:05 pm

    Get ’em tomorrow.

  44. Carson on August 27th, 2007 11:06 pm

    Just got home from the game.

    Bad, bad, bad night for me to decide to not drink.

    I’m not sure I’ll survive tomorrow and Wednesday with that pact in tact.

  45. shortbus on August 27th, 2007 11:19 pm


    Because my good pal got me Diamond Club seats (sparkle sparkle). I was in sitting on the back, homeplate corner of the dugout. The best possible seats from which to tell McLaren exactly what I thought of his lineup…and he goes and gets tossed in the first inning. And I can report that he was mumbling something like “So…f’ing mad..” as he stomped down the steps to the dugout after his tirade.

    Please, if you have to watch a six-nothing stinker like tonight I urge you to pay $400 and get all-you-can-eat-and-drink service and sit nine feet from the backstop net. It makes it a much more tolerable night.

    Oh, and the mayor sat near me so I let him know that I wore my M’s jersey just for him.

  46. OppositeField on August 28th, 2007 2:02 am

    I was at the game, my fifth Safeco visit of the season. Some quick thoughts:

    -Best crowd I’ve seen since the 01 season. Everyone stood up anytime a Mariners pitcher was working with 2 outs. “LET’S GO MARINERS” chants throughout the game. Heckling fans that actually know baseball and are familiar with the team. I haven’t seen that stuff in AGES.

    -Nobody wore blue. MAYBE 20% of the fans. Very disappointing.

    -The playoff atmosphere was there. Absolutely electric. Even the walk down Occidental from the Qwest Field parking lot was exciting. These fans (and vendors) are ready for the playoffs.

    -McLaren getting tossed was appalling. I’ve never seen anything like it. I was sitting right behind 3rd base, and Mac was two steps into the dugout when the douchebag 3rd base umpire tossed him. I don’t care what you guys saw on TV, McLaren giving BOTH the HP and 3B umps a piece of his mind was exactly what the city and fans needed, and I’m really pretty shocked this ballclub didn’t rally behind him after that. Say what you want about the guy as a tactical manager (and I have and will), but at least we all know he believes this is a ballclub that is going to the playoffs. That was the loudest moment of the night. Safeco Field was absolutely rocking.

    -Lackey’s stuff is nasty. Plain and simple. Even eager batters will foul stuff off; we couldn’t touch him tonight when he turned it on, even to put it out of play.

    -Yuniesky Betancourt and Adrian Beltre are a pleasure to watch in person. There are so many things that the camera doesn’t catch in a ballgame where players show their passion and competitive spirit, and these two really deserve recognition for the moxie they show out on the diamond.

  47. FrayLo on August 28th, 2007 5:47 am

    295, I was sitting above the manual scoreboard in left field, and the crowd was pretty terrible in my section. There were about 5 or 6 of us clapping w/2 strikes, everyone else was the typical, ‘sit on their hands’, Safeco Field types. It was the best crowd of the season for me, too, but it’s not saying much. And you’re right, hardly anyone wore M’s gear still.

    As far as the game is concerned, it was one of the most non-descript, unentertaining games I’ve ever seen. Blah.

  48. Carson on August 28th, 2007 6:47 am

    295 – A manager getting fired up and tossed doesn’t magically make a bad lineup good.

    Also, I agree with what you said about the crowd being very good, except I did not see much standing during 2 out situations until the scoreboard told people to do so. Other than that, the Anderson home run ball getting thrown back (the entire stadium demanded it), the random chants, etc were electric.

    I go to several games a year, and this has definitely been the best crowd since 2001-2003 before attendance dipped.

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