It was almost certainly their best all-around game of the season, and the Seattle Mariners used it to beat the Los Angeles Angels, 5-3.
“We played with a sense of urgency, with an enhanced focus,” shortstop Brendan Ryan said. “Sometimes after a game like yesterday, you come out wanting to show your best. We came back today.”
Ichiro had a pair of doubles and scored twice, Dustin Ackley singled, doubled and tripled and Mike Carp hit a two-run home run in the eighth ininng to snap a tie – hitting the ball into the second deck in right field.
Ackley was on base at the time.
“After he hit it, I just stopped,” Ackley said. “I was just going to watch it. Even in batting practice, you don’t see many balls hit that high up.”
On the mound, Blake Beavan pitched seven strong innings, Tom Wilhelmsen a 1-2-3 eighth inning with two strike outs and, in the ninth, Brandon League notched save No. 32.
Defensively, the left side of the infield was spectacular, with third baseman Kyle Seager and Ryan both making a pair of plays to take Angels hits away, but the star on defense hung out in left field – Casper Wells. Wells threw out the speedy Peter Bourjos tryng to stretch a single into a double in the second inning.
Then, in the seventh inning, with Erick Aybar on first base, Bourjos lined to left. Wells caught it and threw – on the fly - a strike to Carp at first base for the double play. Yikes!
A few post-game notes:
- With 29 games remaining, Ichiro now has 153 hits and a 12-game hitting streak.
- Carp’s home run came against lefty Hisanori Takahashi, and he’s batting .333 against left-handers this season, with four of his eight home runs.
- Ackley’s triple was his sixth and came in his 62nd game of the season.
- After some rough early outings, Wilhelmsen has pitched 7 2/3 scoreless innings over his last four appearances.