New Los Angeles Angels hitting coach Don Baylor broke his leg during the ceremonial first pitch, and things quickly went downward from there. Felix Hernandez struck out 11 as the Seattle Mariners defeated the Angels 10-3 Monday night.
Mike Trout was the sole bright spot for the Halos who managed only four hits off the Mariners’ ace. Trout hit a two-run home run in the first inning on his way to a 2-4 night. Albert Pujols added an RBI double in the fourth, giving the Halos a 3-1 lead. They wouldn’t score from then on.
Seattle broke out for six runs in the ninth inning, highlighted by Justin Smoak’s three-run shot. Dustin Ackley followed with a bases-clearing triple that gave the Mariners their insurmountable seven-run lead.
Angels starter Jered Weaver yielded six hits and three walk through six innings in making his sixth consecutive Opening Day outing. Aside from a second inning sacrifice fly and Kyle Seager RBI double in the sixth, Weaver managed to stay out of trouble most of the night. The same can’t be said about the team’s bullpen.
A 4-3 game entering the ninth, Kevin Jepsen got the first two batters out before a single, double, home run, and two walk in sequence. Angels lefty Nick Maronde relieved Jepsen and subsequently gave up a walk and Ackley’s triple. The duo combined for six runs and three walks in one inning.
Next up, C.J. Wilson takes the bump as the Angels look to recover from last night’s blowout. Game time is 7:05 p.m. and it can be seen on Fox Sports West.