You wouldn’t know it from this weekend’s boxscores, but the Angels aren’t exactly poised to take over the AL West. They sit 8.5 games back of the Rangers, and 5.5 games behind the Athletics (pinch me, I’m dreaming and I want to wake up). Of course, I only point this out to reassure you that while the Mariners may not be headed for a World Series run, neither is the Mike Trout Club.
Game One — Angels 9, Mariners 1
Kevin Millwood tacked on loss No. 12 to his record, handing over 9 hits, 5 runs, and 4 walks in a brief 5 inning appearance. The Mariners scored early, getting aboard in the 1st on a pair of singles by Franklin Gutierrez and John Jaso. However, the ‘pen provided extra insurance runs for the Angels, allowing an additional 4 runs and burying any realistic hope of a comeback.
Game Two — Angels 5, Mariners 2
Felix pitched. On any given Felix Day, I could leave the recap at that simple statement. Despite Trayvon Robinson’s home run and Guti’s RBI double, the Angels caught a clown ball inning from the Mariners, taking a 3-run lead on a fielding error, wild pitch (Pryor’s, not Felix’s), and passed ball.
Game Three — Mariners 2, Angels 1
Not only was this the first win of the homestand, but it marked the first time this year that the Mariners beat the Angels at Safeco Field. Hisashi Iwakuma extended his streak to 10.1 scoreless innings, allowing just 5 hits in 7.1 innings and 7 strikeouts. He struck out Mike Trout. He struck out Mark Trumbo three times. The Mariners managed two runs off Jered Weaver, both solo shots by Jesus Montero and Carlos Peguero.
Tomorrow, the Mariners celebrate Labor Day with a series opener against the Boston Red Sox. Here’s a fun fact for you: though neither team looks anywhere close to playoff contention, the M’s lead the Sox by three games. So, while I’ve lowered my expectations enough to simply hope that the Mariners will be a constant source of frustration for their AL West rivals this month, it would be nice to see Boston sitting a full 5.5 games behind Seattle this Wednesday.
Next game: vs. Red Sox | September 3 | 1:10pm