One step forward, one step back. After getting a mud hole stomped into them three nights ago by the Cubs, the Angels came back and lowered the boom stick on the North Siders. Two days later, they strolled into Seattle needing to sweep the fourth-place Mariners in order to guarantee that they would be above .500 by the All-Star break. Sadly, this will not be the case as once again Angels starter, Jerome Williams, couldn’t get through the fourth inning. I think we can officially say that Williams has turned back into a pumpkin.
Raul Ibanez was the main aggressor for the Mariners, leading a juggernaut offense with three RBI’s on the night, the first of which came in the first inning when his RBI double drove in Michael Saunders to give the M’s an early 1-0 lead. In the second inning, Kyle Seager got in on the fun with his 15th home run of the season, making it 2-0 Mariners.
Things got bad for the Angels in the fourth inning though. Ibanez got it started with his 23rd home run of the season. A booming shot to right field. four batters later, Mike Zunino drove in a run with an RBI single which was immediately followed by an RBI single off of the bat of Dustin Ackley. That was the final hitter for Williams who made way for Garrett Richards who proceeded to throw a wild pitch on his first pitch that allowed Zunino to score. When the dust settled, the score was 6-0, and all hope was just about lost.
OK, so I lied. All hope was lost. The Mariners had a win expectancy of 98.5% at the end of the fourth inning, and as you can tell by the chart above, it never got better for the Angels.
It didn’t get better when Raul Ibanez and Kendrys Morales went back-to-back in the seventh inning.
It was ended, finally, when the Angels went 1-2-3 in the ninth inning.
The loss drops the Angels to 44-47, meaning the best they can be at the break is 46-47. Sweet.
Tomorrow is another day, and the Angels will be sending Jered Weaver to the mound to take on Felix Hernandez at 7:10 PM PST. Light up the fail-o, anyone know of a cheap fourth or fifth starter the Angels can pick up before the deadline from a team that is not too concerned about what they are getting in return? No? Didn’t think so.