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Bobby Abreu draws three-ball walk in Angels’ victory

Jul 10, 2011, 7:13 PM EDT

Bobby Abreu AP

What is it with umpires not knowing the count this year?

Bobby Abreu walked on ball three in the third inning Sunday in the Angels’ 4-2 win over the Mariners.

The walk came with one out and Torii Hunter on first base. Felix Hernandez was able to bounce back and hold the Angels scoreless from there, but he went on to give up a two-run homer to Mark Trumbo in the fourth.

Those were the only two runs Hernandez allowed in a no-decision.

Dan Haren also allowed just two runs, both scoring in the first, in going 8 2/3 innings for his 10th win of the year.  The Angels took the lead off David Pauley in the eighth when Alberto Callaspo doubled in two runs.

In a 4-2 game, Haren nearly got the chance to go the distance, even after Dustin Ackley doubled to start the bottom of the ninth. However, after Haren retired Justin Smoak and Adam Kennedy, manager Mike Scioscia opted to replace him with Jordan Walden, who struck out Franklin Gutierrez to record his 20th save.

The Angels moved to 50-42 and remained one game back of the Rangers, who beat the A’s for their seventh straight win Sunday.  The Angels swept the Mariners and have won four in a row.

For the Mariners, it was the second time this month that they’ve been the victims of a three-ball walk.  San Diego’s Cameron Maybin had one on July 2 and went to score the only run in the Padres’ 1-0 victory.

  1. alexandercartwright - Jul 10, 2011 at 7:36 PM

    How about Mariners manager Eric Wedge calling a meeting to apologize for missing the wrong count in the Maybin incident and later saying:

    “I’m the captain of this ship and something like that cannot happen. That falls on me. I should have trusted my instincts with what I felt it was, but I didn’t and that’s my fault,” Wedge said. “That can’t happen. I preach to these guys about being accountable and I sure as hell need to be accountable for that yesterday.”

    • FC - Jul 10, 2011 at 8:20 PM

      Aw man, the MARINERS AGAIN? Seriously so a different umpire missed this, but the same 25 GUYS that missed the first instance, missed THIS again? Man, I hope they designate a pitching count guy after this!

  2. mkd - Jul 11, 2011 at 12:48 AM

    As an Ms fan I’m so pissed at these umps right now that I’m just crossed eyed with rage, but you know fool me once shame on you, fool me twice WHY IS NO ONE IN A MARINERS UNIFORM NOTICING THIS SH*T!?!!?!?!!???

  3. winstonhussein - Jul 11, 2011 at 1:03 AM

    I imagine it is hard to walk with three balls.

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