The last couple of seasons, the Angels have roared there way into the All-Star break. Carrying momentum into the second half of the season. But after last night’s laugher, and tonight’s ineptitude, they’ll be lucky to not back into the break with three straight losses.
Felix Hernandez controlled the Angels through eight innings of well-pitched baseball. Allowing only seven hits while walking no one. The Angels did have their chances though. They had runners on first and second with two outs in the second inning. Mike Trout hit a two-out triple in the third. And they made a little racket in the eighth with men on first and second with one out, and then first and third with two out. But that was all they could muster on this night.
Through 5.2 innings, Jered Weaver looked to be continuing the recent run of success that he had been having over has last few starts. But then he fell prey to the same thing that has plagued the Angels pitching staff throughout the season; the dreaded two-out rally.
After getting two rather quick outs to start the sixth, Weaver gave up basehits to Kendrys Morales and Kyle Seager. Then Justin Smoak drilled a first pitch fastball to center field. Giving the Mariners a 4-0 lead. Weaver followed that up by giving up a single to Michael Saunders, and his night was over.
A wild pitch in the seventh allowed Mike Zunino to score. And two batters later, Raul Ibanez drove in Dustin Ackley with an RBI single. Closing the book on the scoring for the evening, and opening the bottle booze for me. This is how I cope with losing to the Mariners. Don’t judge me.
The Angels close out the first half of the season tomorrow with an afternoon game tomorrow that has Joe Blanton taking the mound against Hisashi Iwakuma. Game time is at 1:10 PST. Light up the fail-o. Barkeep, beer me.