Game Four: Mariners at Twins

Dave · April 9, 2009 at 10:15 am · Filed Under Mariners 

Washburn starts – weee.

Cedeno starts at third, Beltre DH’ing, Sweeney at first, Johnson behind the plate – Branyan and Griffey get the day off against the LHP.

Four days, four line-ups. Wak isn’t kidding about using 120 to 130 different batting orders this year.

Comments

235 Responses to “Game Four: Mariners at Twins”

  1. louder on April 9th, 2009 10:16 am

    Not a strong line-up today, not Griffey either.

  2. Viking1983 on April 9th, 2009 10:17 am

    Nice Gut!

  3. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 10:17 am

    I freaking love Gutierrez already.

  4. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 10:18 am

    It’s not a strong lineup, but it sure is alot of RHB’s to throw at a lefty…

  5. louder on April 9th, 2009 10:19 am

    Wak doesn’t strike as too low key for some reason…

  6. jvalentine on April 9th, 2009 10:20 am

    Interesting line up today. We should probably expect a constant helping of Rob behind the plate with Wash on the mound this season. However, if we are trotting this kind of a line up on to the field every four days I’m not going to be all the thrilled. Even with Ichiro in right.

    Anyways…

    Go M’s!!!

  7. louder on April 9th, 2009 10:20 am

    I mean he’s too low key, sorry for the spelling & grammar. Good single up the middle.

  8. Paul B on April 9th, 2009 10:21 am

    Beltre!

    (Fangraphs says there are no games active right now)

  9. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 10:21 am

    Gutierrez, what’s not to like!?!!

  10. Dave on April 9th, 2009 10:22 am

    This is a pretty good anti-LHP line-up. Not sure what you guys are complaining about, honestly.

  11. louder on April 9th, 2009 10:22 am

    Everyone is still waking up, lucky I have the day off today to watch the game.

  12. Paul B on April 9th, 2009 10:23 am

    Not a strong line-up today, not Griffey either

    Of course, that makes it a stronger lineup against a lefty than you would get with Griffey in there.

  13. jvalentine on April 9th, 2009 10:24 am

    Already Jarrod. Here is your lead. What can you do with it?

  14. louder on April 9th, 2009 10:24 am

    This is a pretty good anti-LHP line-up. Not sure what you guys are complaining about, honestly.

    Lack of power is kind of depressing, but still, 11 runs in two games is very good, so it all might work out over the season.

  15. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 10:25 am

    50,000 travel miles…..add that to another Silva excuse. Too many restaurants to visit!!

  16. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 10:26 am

    HOLY SHIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  17. Dave on April 9th, 2009 10:26 am

    Gutierrez, Beltre, Lopez, and Balentien give the team plenty of power against lefties.

  18. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 10:26 am

    How the hell did he catch that ball!!!! Holy crap that was amazing!!!!

  19. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 10:26 am

    Gutierrez WOW!!!!

  20. badtooth on April 9th, 2009 10:26 am

    There it is, oh shoot. No trap!

  21. jkpurvis on April 9th, 2009 10:26 am

    WOW…. GUTIERREZ

  22. Dave on April 9th, 2009 10:27 am

    Are you kidding me? What a catch.

  23. louder on April 9th, 2009 10:27 am

    He caught it. Great catch.

  24. ErikG803 on April 9th, 2009 10:27 am

    Reminds me of Raul.

  25. Paul B on April 9th, 2009 10:27 am

    8 of Washburn’s first 9 pitches have been fastballs. All 85 to 88 MPH.

  26. pumpkinhead on April 9th, 2009 10:27 am

    Wow. That was an amazing catch. Reaching dive just inches from the turf. Oooooheeee! Love me some good defense.

  27. shemberry on April 9th, 2009 10:27 am

    I like Franklin

  28. kyoko on April 9th, 2009 10:27 am

    shit

  29. B.W.Marx on April 9th, 2009 10:27 am

    That’s it, that catch has switched my man crush.

    Guit lover am I now.

  30. vin on April 9th, 2009 10:27 am

    How soon is too soon to order a Guiterrez jersey?

  31. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 10:27 am

    Holy Gutierrez!!! That was a hell of a catch.

  32. R. Kelly on April 9th, 2009 10:28 am

    Greatest center fielder in mariner history…. Franklin Gutierrez?

  33. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 10:28 am

    That was as good a catch as I’ve ever seen a mariner centerfielder make, when I saw that in the air I thought there was no freakin way. This is gonna be fun watchin that guy in center.

  34. srp on April 9th, 2009 10:28 am

    I am loving this outfield defense this year!

  35. FelixFan on April 9th, 2009 10:30 am

    I’m loving Gutierrez.

  36. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 10:31 am

    I thought that was a double/triple for sure and out of nowhere comes Gutierrez! He’s doing everything today. Offense and Defense!!!

  37. NJ Ms on April 9th, 2009 10:31 am

    you think Wash is loving the D?? Sub 3.5 ERA here he comes so he can be dealt at the deadline. One can wish right.

  38. Bach on April 9th, 2009 10:33 am

    Lets pray that Washburn pitches awesome this year or at least for the first 3 months so we can get something for him.

  39. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 10:33 am

    I think most centerfielders in the game wouldn’t of even attempted that catch, they’d of just taken a route to try and play it off the wall. It takes some balls to dive for a ball on that turf.

  40. joshfromjapan on April 9th, 2009 10:34 am

    The more I watch Guti play, the more I get to love him.

  41. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 10:35 am

    Well I heard Gutierrez has the biggest balls of them all…

  42. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 10:35 am

    Apparently

  43. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 10:37 am

    The bus made Morneau look silly.

  44. badtooth on April 9th, 2009 10:38 am

    He looked like Yuni swinging at that pitch.

  45. louder on April 9th, 2009 10:38 am

    The was kind of a strange swing by Morneau, must have been fooled big time.

  46. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 10:39 am

    Quick inning for the Bus. WHO IS THIS GUY?!?!?!

  47. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 10:39 am

    Wash is actually looking pretty good today. He’s hitting that outside corner well.

  48. louder on April 9th, 2009 10:39 am

    Nice game for Wash so far, looking very sharp

  49. Colty on April 9th, 2009 10:41 am

    Now, we just need to play some add on. As good as he’s pitching so far, no lead is safe.

  50. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 10:41 am

    Mr. Bus, please keep that up so we can trade you ASAP. Thanks!

  51. louder on April 9th, 2009 10:42 am

    Endy! Now steal second base..

  52. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 10:43 am

    Oh wow, Gutierrez looked like he beat that out.

  53. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 10:43 am

    He was freakin safe!! The ump was even gonna say it and then he changed his mind mid way through. WTF!

  54. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 10:43 am

    Good call, nevermind.

  55. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 10:44 am

    Plus Perkins interfered with him running in the base path

  56. JR Ewing on April 9th, 2009 10:44 am

    The Twins will want him again.

  57. hark on April 9th, 2009 10:47 am

    Gutierrez is safe because he has a right to the bag. Perkins blocked the baseline. Runner safe.

  58. srp on April 9th, 2009 10:47 am

    I know it is way too early in the season to make this decision yet, but I wonder at what point Sweeney might retire/get dropped if he continues to struggle like he has so far. I hope he finds his groove, but he’s looked lost in the first few games.

  59. Scottdids on April 9th, 2009 10:47 am

    I hate how immediately after a walk to the batter before him, Lopez always seems to flail at the first pitch.

  60. louder on April 9th, 2009 10:48 am

    So sad about Ardenhart, good that they canceled the game. I remember that played the next day after Bostock passed away.

  61. louder on April 9th, 2009 10:48 am

    Double in the gap would be good now

  62. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 10:50 am

    I thought Lopez was supposed to be a guy who was really tough to strike out, what’s up with him? It ain’t like Glen Perkins is Johan Santana.

  63. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 10:52 am

    HOLY SHIT!!! CEDENO!!

  64. B.W.Marx on April 9th, 2009 10:53 am

    good god.

  65. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 10:53 am

    Good god Mike Redmond is slow.

  66. Colty on April 9th, 2009 10:53 am

    Is Redmond that slow? He was out by three steps. Great play anyways!

  67. FelixFan on April 9th, 2009 10:54 am

    This defense is bananas!

  68. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 10:54 am

    Silly Cedeno, that play is for Beltre!

  69. hark on April 9th, 2009 10:56 am

    What is this “defense” thing? I thought it was a myth…

  70. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 10:56 am

    Another easy inning for Ze Bus for sale.

  71. joshfromjapan on April 9th, 2009 10:57 am

    well there are some great play by M’s today.
    Surprised that Cedeno could play thirdbase that good!

  72. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 10:58 am

    Big bad WLAD.

  73. Bach on April 9th, 2009 10:59 am

    It’d be great to see Wlad have a good start.

  74. hark on April 9th, 2009 11:00 am

    Why is Branyan showing bunt? I mean, honestly.

    Dear Wak:

    An out does not help you. Ever.

    Yours,

    The USSM community

    PS–

    Branyan? He is a power hitter. What a waste of a bat…

  75. ErikG803 on April 9th, 2009 11:01 am

    It was Rob Johnson.

  76. hark on April 9th, 2009 11:02 am

    …it was Rob Johnson.

    Dear Wak:

    I’m an idiot. But an out still doesn’t help you.

  77. Breadbaker on April 9th, 2009 11:03 am

    Yuni hit an easy grounder with a runner in scoring position and two outs. I wonder what the season record is for doing that?

  78. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 11:04 am

    I’m an idiot. But an out still doesn’t help you.

    Considering neither of our catchers can hit, I didn’t find it to be that bad of an idea. Would’ve been better than the ensuing strikeout.

  79. louder on April 9th, 2009 11:05 am

    Cedeno is a goodpick up.

  80. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 11:07 am

    Man, Wash is just living on that outside corner.

  81. hark on April 9th, 2009 11:07 am

    When did Washburn learn how to pitch? I feel like I’m in the Twilight Zone.

  82. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 11:07 am

    Another easy inning for the Bus. Take note MLB, the Bus is ready for your contending team! All offers will be considered.

  83. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 11:08 am

    Mariners defense + Crappy twins lineup = Cy Washburn

  84. FelixFan on April 9th, 2009 11:08 am

    That 87mph fastball is devastating today.

  85. louder on April 9th, 2009 11:09 am

    “Whose the best Canadian player? Larry Walker?”

    “Fergie Jenkins?”

    “No, I mean player.”

    I love it!

  86. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 11:12 am

    Interesting, we get to see the much hyped Brett Anderson tomorrow. I hope we give him a rude greeting to the big leagues.

  87. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 11:12 am

    And………a quick inning for Perkins. PITCHING DUEL!!

  88. FelixFan on April 9th, 2009 11:12 am

    I feel like Gomez has the same startled look on his face all the time.

  89. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 11:13 am

    My daily Zaloumis.

  90. hark on April 9th, 2009 11:15 am

    Nice DP.

  91. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 11:15 am

    DP!

  92. louder on April 9th, 2009 11:15 am

    Okay, can someone other than Felix make it past the 5th.?

  93. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 11:17 am

    The Bus………now getting more expensive as trade bait. Get him while he’s cheap!

  94. louder on April 9th, 2009 11:17 am

    Nice, very nice by Wash. Pitch through the 7th., and Lowe the 8th., and Morrow in the 9th.?

  95. Scottdids on April 9th, 2009 11:18 am

    54 pitches through 5! Hopefully we get a run on two more soon.

  96. jvalentine on April 9th, 2009 11:20 am

    C’mon Lopez. Do Something!!

  97. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 11:22 am

    Yikes, that was ugly.

  98. hark on April 9th, 2009 11:22 am

    Did Lopez look safe? That looked like good baserunning by Beltre…

  99. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 11:24 am

    I love Beltre.

  100. Paul B on April 9th, 2009 11:25 am

    Beltre tried his best, but in the end it was pretty amusing. By stopping in the line, he gave the hitter a chance to get to first, but the Twins played it correctly.

  101. WTF_Ms on April 9th, 2009 11:25 am

    @jvalentine

    I’m sure that’s not what we were all hoping he’d do.

    Finish strong Bus!

  102. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 11:27 am

    Hey everyone, circle July 24th on your calendars.
    It’s Franklin Gutierrez bobblehead night!!

  103. Paul B on April 9th, 2009 11:28 am

    I can’t wait for the Safeco bobblehead. Maybe it will look like there is an earthquake.

  104. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 11:29 am

    I want a Nicole Zaloumis bobblehead.

  105. jvalentine on April 9th, 2009 11:29 am

    No, not quite what we were looking for.

    Is anybody else worried with The bus about to go the third time through the line up with only a one run cushion?

  106. louder on April 9th, 2009 11:30 am

    Chavez!! Yeah, that outfield defense is primo.

  107. Paul B on April 9th, 2009 11:30 am

    Chavez had to run forever to get to that. I was surprised the infielders gave up on it so early.

  108. jld on April 9th, 2009 11:31 am

    I can’t wait for the Safeco bobblehead. Maybe it will look like there is an earthquake.

    I think all of the bobbleheads are safeco ones… they all have the stadium behind the player.

    http://seattle.mariners.mlb.com/sea/ticketing/bobblehead_nights.jsp

    I don’t think there is a Safeco-only bobblehead, though Dave certainly makes it sound like that.

  109. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 11:31 am

    I want a Nicole Zaloumis bobblehead.

    I’m not too sure it’d be able to bobble, it’d probably tip over due to being top heavy.

  110. louder on April 9th, 2009 11:33 am

    Darn, I wanted to hear more about Wak letting the catchers call the game. It would have been interesting to hear his take on Kenji call those change ups from last night.

  111. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 11:33 am

    Last year, if Betancourt didn’t get to that ball it lands 15 feet in front of Raul…

  112. louder on April 9th, 2009 11:36 am

    Now, why wouldn’t Wak have some guy warming up, at least tossing a ball, just in case Wash loses it for the 7th?

  113. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 11:38 am

    Good job by Cedeno so far.

  114. louder on April 9th, 2009 11:38 am

    Carlos Gomez is a nice player also.

  115. Paul B on April 9th, 2009 11:38 am

    7 fouls in that 11 pitch at bat by Cedeno.

  116. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 11:39 am

    Damn, Cedeno won’t give up.

  117. louder on April 9th, 2009 11:40 am

    Whoa, almost nailed Yuni in the head…

  118. skeets35 on April 9th, 2009 11:40 am

    Washburn has the highest value right now that he will have all season.

    Trade him before he pitches any more this year, it can only get worse!

    :-)

  119. louder on April 9th, 2009 11:40 am

    I mean Cedeno

  120. louder on April 9th, 2009 11:41 am

    No, I was right the first time

  121. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 11:41 am

    Great at bats by both Cedeno and Yuni to get Perkins out of the game quicker

  122. Jeff Nye on April 9th, 2009 11:41 am

    I’m not too sure it’d be able to bobble, it’d probably tip over due to being top heavy.

    Let’s not go too far down this road, please.

  123. Mike Snow on April 9th, 2009 11:43 am

    This has got to be some kind of personal record for Betancourt.

  124. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 11:43 am

    Yuni’s seen more pitches this AB than in most games…

  125. Paul B on April 9th, 2009 11:43 am

    Followed by an 11 pitch at bat by Yuni.

  126. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 11:45 am

    Let’s not go too far down this road, please.

    What? The chick has a big head.

  127. BillyJive on April 9th, 2009 11:46 am

    If Bentancourt walks in this game I’ll buy a round of Jagerbombs…

  128. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 11:46 am

    What? The chick has a big head.

    HAHAHAHAHA

  129. egreenlaw9 on April 9th, 2009 11:47 am

    Yuni only took 1 pitch really in that AB. The three balls were obviously outside. Then he took six swings.

    Not really that patient, but it was a good AB.

  130. louder on April 9th, 2009 11:47 am

    Now Morneau, there’s a player the Mariners should go after when he becomes a free agent.

  131. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 11:47 am

    A little finesse by Gutierrez.

  132. BenihanaGT on April 9th, 2009 11:48 am

    What’s Wash’s Pitch Count up to?

  133. egreenlaw9 on April 9th, 2009 11:48 am

    Wow – he actually OVERran that one.

  134. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 11:49 am

    Gutierrez is awesome!

  135. Paul B on April 9th, 2009 11:49 am

    Oh, my. Washburn should take his fielders out to dinner.

  136. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 11:49 am

    There is no gap in this outfield.

  137. BillyJive on April 9th, 2009 11:49 am

    Nice!!! Gutierrez RULES!!!

  138. xxtinynickxx on April 9th, 2009 11:49 am

    What an OF this year god so good~

  139. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 11:50 am

    I think AL opponents are gonna get the memo pretty quick. Don’t hit the ball in the air vs. the Mariners.

  140. pgreyy on April 9th, 2009 11:51 am

    I am loving our defense!

    LOVING IT!

  141. Kunkoh on April 9th, 2009 11:51 am

    Washburn has to be loving this defense. Only 80 Pitches through 7 so far. It’s a fly ball contact pitchers wet dream.

  142. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 11:51 am

    Good lord, this is fun to watch. I see a ball hit like that and think “Oh crap,” then watch Guti cruise underneath it… I could get used to this.

  143. FelixFan on April 9th, 2009 11:51 am

    What an outfield, they playing awesome.

  144. Paul B on April 9th, 2009 11:52 am

    OK, that is annoying. That is twice today that FSN has cut to commercials right in the middle of an inning.

  145. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 11:55 am

    Is it just me, or does Sweeney’s bat look incredibly slow?

  146. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 11:55 am

    Sweeney has been very late catching up to fastballs today.

  147. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 11:56 am

    Looks like the Bus is going for the bottom of the 8th.

  148. admiralzing on April 9th, 2009 11:59 am

    Just in watching Gameday, it looks like Sweeney was swinging like Yuni out there.

    Is he just praying that he catches up to a fastball no matter where it is?

  149. louder on April 9th, 2009 12:00 pm

    Does Wak have anyone warming up, just in case?

  150. brothermatt on April 9th, 2009 12:01 pm

    uh oh, three straight balls high in the zone…not looking good.

  151. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 12:02 pm

    It looks like Wash is actually throwing a semi-decent changeup in this game. That should hopefully offset his usual, fastball, fastball, higher fastball pitch selection.

  152. louder on April 9th, 2009 12:02 pm

    Just now? Come on Wak, you have to be ahead of the game, not behind it.

  153. joser on April 9th, 2009 12:02 pm

    The trouble is, it’s unclear who in the bullpen is an upgrade over a shaky Washburn

    Aardsma is warming up, apparently.

  154. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 12:02 pm

    the wheels on the bus are falling off.

  155. joser on April 9th, 2009 12:04 pm

    Man, I hate Span. Would love to have him on my team, but I’m already sick of seeing/hearing the guy’s name.

  156. louder on April 9th, 2009 12:04 pm

    Last batter for Wash probably, next guys are righties.

  157. Tv Producer on April 9th, 2009 12:05 pm

    Paul B.

    When did it happen and which cable/satellite system are you watching ?

  158. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 12:05 pm

    Barely got out of that inning. Nice pick by Yuni. Wow.

  159. badtooth on April 9th, 2009 12:05 pm

    Wow, i didn’t think we were getting out of that inning without help from the pen.

  160. louder on April 9th, 2009 12:06 pm

    Phew, nice play by Yuni. Wash really has looked great today. Now I hope we can hold on in the 9th. Another run would not hurt either.

  161. brothermatt on April 9th, 2009 12:06 pm

    holy!…wait, what? The bus got out of the inning? Is this an error on gameday?

  162. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 12:06 pm

    Wow, who would’ve thought Washburn would have a better line than Felix at the end of this series?

  163. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 12:08 pm

    Double from Beltre would be nice.

  164. jvalentine on April 9th, 2009 12:08 pm

    Are we bringing in Brandon do give him another shot? Or do we go with Miguel “El Beisbolista” Batista?

  165. pgreyy on April 9th, 2009 12:09 pm

    With two on and one down, I was about to post a silly “The wheels on the Bus are coming off…coming off…coming off…” comment.

    Then good defense gets us out of the inning.

    Would it be wrong to consider the possibility that it might be smarter to KEEP Washburn, rather than just hope to pump and dump himm? Could a strong defense behind him actually turn Jarrod into a valuable innings eater again?

  166. MedicineHat on April 9th, 2009 12:09 pm

    Tonight’s A’s/Angels game is officially postponed according to SF Chronicle

  167. DLCheeZ on April 9th, 2009 12:09 pm

    Yuni has looked very good so far this season.

    One of these days Wash is gonna get some run support.

  168. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 12:10 pm

    No, get rid of Washburn.

  169. Paul B on April 9th, 2009 12:10 pm

    I am watching FSN on Directv.

    The second time it happened was in the sixth inning, during Endy Chavez’ at bat. He was leading off the inning. There was a 1-2 count on him and then it was an ad for a TV game channel with Pat Sajak. Then there was an ad for the Masters on Directv. Then the game came back with a 2-0 count on Gutierrez. (I got the details by backing the game up on Tivo).

  170. pgreyy on April 9th, 2009 12:10 pm

    By the way: No slam meant to Go Felix in my previous post–we were thinking the same thing, but I didn’t hit “submit post” before the momentum of the inning changed.

  171. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 12:10 pm

    Nice stop by Crede, full extension!

  172. MedicineHat on April 9th, 2009 12:11 pm

    wrong link in above post: SF Chronicle

  173. djw on April 9th, 2009 12:11 pm

    Double from Beltre would be nice.

    He did his part…

  174. joser on April 9th, 2009 12:11 pm

    Note to Crede: nice catch, but Beltre does that and makes the throw, while falling backwards, and doing his taxes at the same time.

  175. jvalentine on April 9th, 2009 12:12 pm

    One more time for luck:

    C’mon Lopez. Do something!!

  176. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 12:12 pm

    pgreyy:

    No worries. I think it’s hilarious.

  177. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 12:12 pm

    God damn, I don’t think Lopez could have a worse game if he tried. 2 K’s and 2 DP’s. Nice.

  178. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 12:12 pm

    Damn, that was an impressive pick by Crede!

  179. AssumedName on April 9th, 2009 12:13 pm

    Dammit Jose!

  180. coreyjro on April 9th, 2009 12:13 pm

    J.Lopez, worst game of all-time?

    2 K’s and 2 GIDP’s

  181. Kunkoh on April 9th, 2009 12:13 pm

    Every time you tell him to “do something”, he does the wrong thing.

  182. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 12:13 pm

    Frickin Lopez. What the hell?

  183. jvalentine on April 9th, 2009 12:14 pm

    Another DP? Twice in one game!

    That’s a great night at the plat for Lopez.

    0-4 2K’s and 2 GiDPs

  184. Kunkoh on April 9th, 2009 12:14 pm

    Aaarg! Which completely screwed it up for Wlad.

  185. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 12:14 pm

    INSURANCE!!!! Great job Johnson!

  186. jvalentine on April 9th, 2009 12:15 pm

    Rob Johnson for mayor!

  187. djw on April 9th, 2009 12:15 pm

    Nice, Johnson and Balentien!

    I hope this insurance run works better than in game 2.

  188. joser on April 9th, 2009 12:15 pm

    Ok, I know this is a small thing, and even thinking it probably makes me a small person, but it figures the game that gets postponed is an in-state game for the Angels. The M’s have to fly to Cleveland four extra times in one season, and the Angels just have to figure out how to fit in one more game against an in-division opponent an hour’s plane flight away.

  189. Scottdids on April 9th, 2009 12:15 pm

    I was about to scream wondering where the pinch hitter was for Johnson.. I’ll take being wrong though! Insurance run!

  190. CougJustin on April 9th, 2009 12:15 pm

    It’s Morrow time!!

  191. louder on April 9th, 2009 12:15 pm

    2 run lead. We’ll see how Morrow handles this one.

  192. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 12:16 pm

    Insurance!!! I like it.

  193. FelixFan on April 9th, 2009 12:16 pm

    Nice job Rob!

  194. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 12:17 pm

    A little defensive shift. I like it.

  195. MedicineHat on April 9th, 2009 12:17 pm

    Ok, this is interesting…using the DH in the field. Let’s hope they don’t tie it up.

  196. DLCheeZ on April 9th, 2009 12:17 pm

    Does anybody miss Clement yet?

  197. CougJustin on April 9th, 2009 12:17 pm

    Beltre to 3rd, Lopez to First…

  198. Paul B on April 9th, 2009 12:17 pm

    Defensive musical chairs, giving up the DH.

    Interesting.

  199. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 12:18 pm

    That’s a weird move by Wakamatsu. Do we lose the DH if you turn him in to a fielder?

  200. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 12:18 pm

    Uh oh, here we go.

  201. hark on April 9th, 2009 12:19 pm

    C’mon Brandon, not again…

  202. KaminaAyato on April 9th, 2009 12:19 pm

    Wow, getting rid of the DH. I think I like Wakamatsu even more for thinking creatively.

    Now if Morrow could throw a strike, that would be better…

    Oh dear… ball 4.

  203. joser on April 9th, 2009 12:19 pm

    Beltre in the field? Cool, Wak is willing to burn the DH in late innings. Screw hidebound managerial thinking. I like it.

    And Wakamatsu shows his faith in Morrow. Let’s hope Morrow shows it is not misplaced.

    (Psychologically speaking, I wonder if it would be better to do this in front of a crowd that doesn’t remember his previous problems).

    Oh, crap.

  204. MedicineHat on April 9th, 2009 12:19 pm

    Bad news bears theme starting to play.

  205. seattleslew on April 9th, 2009 12:19 pm

    Chavez, Gutierrez and Ichiro. That’s some good defense.

  206. louder on April 9th, 2009 12:20 pm

    Brilliant! WTF?????

  207. jvalentine on April 9th, 2009 12:20 pm

    Didn’t this happen on Tuesday?

  208. BillyJive on April 9th, 2009 12:20 pm

    I watched that Angels/A’s game last night…Adenhart pitched a really good game…
    So sad…

  209. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 12:21 pm

    Jesus Christ, can we have Corcoran warming up just in case? It’s not an insult or anything, just being smart.

  210. Kunkoh on April 9th, 2009 12:21 pm

    Christ. Who moved the F’n strike zone? It was here last inning. WTF dude?

  211. WTF_Ms on April 9th, 2009 12:24 pm

    I’m watching on Gamecast, and it’s slow….I’m hoping the pitching coach paid a visit after 4 straight balls????

  212. Go Felix on April 9th, 2009 12:25 pm

    WOOOOO!!!! KK!!

  213. Breadbaker on April 9th, 2009 12:25 pm

    He struck you out on the last pitch, Crede. Shut up and sit down.

  214. BillyJive on April 9th, 2009 12:25 pm

    I watched that Angels/A’s game last night…Adenhart pitched a really good game…
    So sad…

  215. louder on April 9th, 2009 12:26 pm

    Nice save! Very nice win.

  216. BillyJive on April 9th, 2009 12:26 pm

    I watched that Angels/A’s game last night…Adenhart pitched a really good game…
    So sad…

  217. Tv Producer on April 9th, 2009 12:28 pm

    Paul B.

    Thanks . . . I passed it along, it helps to know when/where it happens.

  218. Kunkoh on April 9th, 2009 12:30 pm

    Looks like he found the Strike Zone. That first batter though, he was all over the place.

    2-2. Happiness.

  219. DLCheeZ on April 9th, 2009 12:32 pm

    Attaboy Morrow

  220. FelixFan on April 9th, 2009 12:33 pm

    My MLB TV crapped out for the last inning. What is this defensive maneuver Wak put on?

  221. JerBear on April 9th, 2009 12:35 pm

    Frickin MLBTV got stuck on the “commercial” break between the top of the 9th and the bottom. You could follow the updates, but the video never came back. That’s annoying – I really wanted to see Brandon throw.

  222. Refuses to take hints about changing nickname on April 9th, 2009 12:35 pm

    Very impressive ballgame. I’m not sure how this season’s gonna wind up, but I have a feeling this team is gonna be a lot of fun to watch.

  223. egreenlaw9 on April 9th, 2009 12:36 pm

    Krueger just talked about how Wash finally got some run support.

    I’m pretty sure the offense averaged more than 2 runs/game for him last season.

  224. payday0023 on April 9th, 2009 12:36 pm

    A lot of flat fastballs… but throwing heat. Go Ms!!

  225. Paul B on April 9th, 2009 12:38 pm

    He put Beltre from DH to third, moved Cedeno to second, moved Lopez to first, and sat Sweeney.

    TV Producer, thanks. It happened a third time, which was when Morrow was pitching the 9th. So I called Directv and spoke to a human and reported it and he said he would pass it along to his supervisor. It was plenty annoying, but luckily with the internet and radio I was able to fill in the plays that I missed.

  226. joser on April 9th, 2009 12:48 pm

    Krueger just talked about how Wash finally got some run support.

    Krueger is an idiot. If he didn’t begin and end his discussion of Washburn by talking about the defense, he doesn’t have a clue.

    Another DP? Twice in one game!
    That’s a great night at the plat for Lopez.
    0-4 2K’s and 2 GiDPs

    And on Tuesday he went oh-for-three. But on Monday he had 3 RBIs, and yesterday he went 2-for-four with a HR. Obvious SSS conclusion: start him every other day!

  227. Zero Gravitas on April 9th, 2009 12:49 pm

    Know who else had a great 9th inning? Niehaus. His calls of the strikeouts by Morrow were pretty classic.

  228. Breadbaker on April 9th, 2009 12:53 pm

    Nice game all around. The insurance run sure made a difference, and I liked going to the defensive alignment in the ninth. And I have to give it to Wak for not pinch hitting Griffey for Johnson in the top of the ninth, since they would just have walked him.

    The Adenhart thing struck home even harder for me because he’s younger than my kid (who is a tad older than Felix). I can’t even imagine how his parents must be feeling right now. From the highest high to the lowest low in a matter of hours. I grieve with them.

  229. DLCheeZ on April 9th, 2009 12:54 pm

    [no. just...no]

  230. Coolalvin206 on April 9th, 2009 12:57 pm

    Anytime Morrow takes the mound, I hear the ” Wild thing ” song in my head. Good save though for Rick Vaughn errr Brandon Morrow

  231. pgreyy on April 9th, 2009 12:57 pm

    I went into this season both hoping for and predicting an .500 season…but I was also excited because I felt that we’d be competitive, that the mindnumbing deadness that was felt throughout last year would be replaced by a team that was motivated beyond excuses and bolstered by upside hopes.

    …and that’s EXACTLY what I’ve enjoyed over the first four games.

    Love baseball…love the 2K9 M’s–it’s not always going to be perfect, but it’s definitely more fun than last year.

  232. Mid80sRighty on April 9th, 2009 1:10 pm

    Damn, Brandon “Ricky Vaughn” Morrow was at it again.

    Seriously though, they guy is throwing way across his body. He’s never going to find the strike zone when his left foot lands a foot to the right of where it should be.

  233. joser on April 9th, 2009 1:56 pm

    You know, if I was a Twins fan I’d be a bit worried. Sure, they split the series but that easily could’ve been a sweep for the M’s (and was just one out and Morrow’s wildness away from 3-1), and they gave up a lot of runs to a team that — let’s face it — probably isn’t quite as offensively gifted as those 16 runs in the first three games made them look.

  234. joser on April 9th, 2009 5:29 pm

    Krueger just talked about how Wash finally got some run support.
    I’m pretty sure the offense averaged more than 2 runs/game for him last season.

    Yeah, how about twice as much?

    He received just 4.10 runs of support per game last season, which was the fourth fewest in the AL. Since his final season with the Angels in 2005, Washburn’s 4.29 runs of help are the fewest among all AL starters.

    From ESPN.com

    (Bonus: that link includes the highlight video of Senor Muerte por Cosas Volantes making his outstanding catch).

  235. John D. on April 9th, 2009 5:54 pm

    J.Lopez, worst game of all-time?
    2 K’s and 2 GIDP’s

    A matter of opinion. Some think that dubious distinction belongs to RON WRIGHT (with an assist from RUBEN SIERRA).

    http://tinyurl.com/d2ww73

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