Suzuki climbed the right-field fence in the seventh inning
Monday night to rob Garret Anderson of a second home run.
"I don't know if I've ever seen a better catch," Angels
manager Mike Scioscia said. "That was incredible. You can tell he
The Safeco Field crowd of 24,184 didn't have much to cheer about
as the Mariners lost their third in a row, but they chanted
"Ichiro! Ichiro!" in the seventh after the four-time Gold Glove
winner went high up on the fence and caught Anderson's drive.
The fans gave Suzuki a standing ovation after the inning, and
Seattle pitcher Julio Mateo gave him a high-five when he got back
to the dugout.
"When I went up on the wall, the ball was right there," Suzuki
said through a translator. "It wasn't a big play. It looked like a
basketball to me. It was just right there."
Anderson said he's seen enough of Suzuki that he's not stunned
"I know he's an athletic guy," Anderson said. "It didn't
surprise me at all."
Washburn would have liked another homer to add to the Angels'
score, but he enjoyed watching Suzuki's catch.
"The guy's one of the most exciting players to ever play the
game," he said. "He's fun to watch. I hate pitching against him,
but I love watching him play."
Making his sixth start of the season, Washburn (2-0) walked
three and struck out five in 7 2-3 innings to lower his ERA to
2.72. He has allowed only one run in his last two starts, spanning
15 1/3 innings.
After four no-decisions, Washburn has won his last two outings.
The 30-year-old Washburn thinks he's a better pitcher now than
ever. He won a career-high 18 games in 2002, when the Angels won
the World Series.
"I feel real good on the mound," he said. "My fastball
definitely has lost a little velocity over the years, but I've
learned how to pitch a lot more. I've got that split-finger now
that's a real big weapon for me and my changeup just keeps getting
better. And I can throw my slider to both sides of the plate and
I've got a sinker to go along with the four-seamer I used to always
The Mariners are 4-8 at Safeco this season after losing 99 games
overall in 2004.
Finley, mired in a 4-for-38 slump and 0-for-14 coming into the
game, gave the Angels a 2-0 lead in the fourth with his fifth homer
of the season. It came off Ryan Franklin (1-4) after Anderson
Scioscia said he hopes Finley's homer was a sign of good things
to come for him.
"We need that consistency, especially from someone hitting
behind Garret," Scioscia said. "We need somebody there who is
productive and he will get to that. Tonight is an indication there
are some good things ahead."
Anderson made it 4-0 in the fifth when he sent a 408-foot shot
to right after Franklin hit Orlando Cabrera with a pitch. Juan
Rivera added an RBI single for the Angels in the inning.
"I hit it pretty good," Anderson said.
Asked if he thought Suzuki had a chance to catch that one,
Anderson smiled and replied emphatically, "No, no."
Franklin lost his fourth straight start. In five innings, he
allowed five runs, five hits and five walks. Franklin, who gave up
33 homers last season when he had a 4-16 record, has given up six
Mariners manager Mike Hargrove said Franklin suddenly lost it
after holding the Angels hitless in the first three innings.
"All of a sudden, he was up and in the middle of the plate,"
Hargrove said. "It happened in a real hurry."
The Mariners are 1-7 against left-handed starters, tying
them with Cleveland for the worst record in the majors. ... The
Mariners have been outhomered 28-16. ... Angels 2B Adam Kennedy
made his 2005 debut. He was activated Sunday from the 15-day
disabled list after playing six minor league rehabilitation games.
He had surgery Oct. 15 on his right knee. Kennedy went 0-for-4 with
two strikeouts and made an error. ... Anderson has a career batting
average of .368 (14-for-38) with three homers against Franklin.
Finley faced Franklin for the first time. ... Washburn is 8-7
against the Mariners. Franklin 5-6 against the Angels. ... The
Angels got their third shutout of the season, while the Mariners
were blanked for the second time. ... The Angels' bullpen has
stranded 29 of 30 inherited runners this season to lead the majors.