Angels 8, Mariners 2
Guerrero was hit on the right wrist Friday night as Anaheim beat Seattle 8-2 behind Jose Guillen’s home run and five RBIs. Both dugouts emptied after Guerrero was hit.
“It was a misunderstanding there,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “That was a pitch he was just trying to pitch him in.”
Guillen, who had three hits, put the Angels ahead 5-1 in the fifth with a three-run homer off Jamie Moyer (6-7), who lost his fifth consecutive decision.
Bobby Madritsch hit Guerrero in the wrist with a pitch in the seventh, and players congregated at first base after Guerrero began yelling at second baseman Bret Boone, who had talked to the rookie pitcher before the at-bat.
Edgar Martinez held Boone, preventing him from reaching Guerrero. No punches were thrown and there were no ejections.
Guerrero came out of the game for a pinch runner. X-rays did not show any breaks in the right wrist, and the Angels said he was day to day. After the game, Guerrero did not want to talk to reporters. The wrist was wrapped with a bandage.
“Boonie had gone into the mound to let the pitcher know about the possibility of Figgie stealing third,” Scioscia said, referring to Chone Figgins. “I think Vlad thought he was going in there telling him he had to pitch this guy in. That’s the way Vlad took it.”
Scioscia said Guerrero probably wouldn’t play Saturday night and expected the Angels to make a roster move before that game.
“Everybody on the field didn’t know what was going on,” Anaheim’s Tim Salmon said. “I think we all kind of asked, `What happened? He’s talking to Boonie, not the pitcher. It was pretty bizarre.”
Winning pitcher John Lackey said the Angels hadn’t seen that side of Guerrero before.
“He’s really pretty laid back and even keel in the clubhouse,” he said.
Guerrero upset Boone when he pointed at him with a finger.
“I’m like, ‘You pointing at me?”’ Boone said. “Why would somebody be pointing at me. Stupid. Something so naive. I mean it’s ridiculous. Everyone on either team understood.”
Madritsch, a left-hander pitching in his second major league game since being called up from Triple-A Tacoma on Wednesday, said Guerrero was to blame.
“He was standing on top of the plate,” Madritsch said. “I barely missed the spot. I was surprised.”
“We weren’t throwing at the last hitter,” Scioscia said. “There was no intent there.”
Lackey (8-9) won for the fourth time in five decisions, allowing two runs and nine hits in 5 1-3 innings.
Moyer gave up five runs and nine hits in six innings. He is winless since June 18 and has a 6.62 ERA in his last seven games, including one relief appearance.
Figgins also homered for Anaheim—Moyer has allowed 28 homers, tying Anaheim’s Bartolo Colon for the major league lead and matching Moyer’s career high, set in 2002.
Guillen hit an RBI double in the first, but Boone’s sacrifice fly tied it in the bottom half. Figgins, who had three hits, put Anaheim ahead with his homer in the third.
Martinez gave Seattle its second run with an RBI double in the sixth. Guillen had a run-scoring single in the seventh had Darin Erstad hit a run-scoring double-play grounder. David Eckstein singled in a run in the eighth.
Anaheim CF Garret Anderson didn’t play because of a tight groin. He came out of Thursday’s game at Texas in the seventh after irritating his groin while running out a single. He is day to day. … Guillen has had five RBIs six times in his career, the last time July 7 at Chicago against the White Sox. … Seattle’s Ichiro Suzuki extended his hitting streak to 15 games. He also has had streaks of 16 and 14 this season.