C.J. Wilson proves too much, LA pulls out their brooms
The Headline: The Seattle Mariners are completely anemic at the plate, falling to the Angels for the third game in a row.
Seattle Mariners 2, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 4
When: 4:10 ET, Sunday, May 27, 2012
Where: Safeco Field, Seattle
Umpires: Home — Jim Wolf, 1B — Victor Carapazza, 2B — Dale Scott, 3B — C.B. Bucknor
1. Noesi Keeps Step with Wilson
C.J. Wilson was completely masterful for the Angels today, but he wasn’t the only starting pitcher worth watching.
Hector Noesi did everything he could to keep the Mariners in today’s game. He pitched 8 strong innings on 102 pitches. Noesi didn’t punch anyone out, but he only gave up 5 hits and 2 walks. He also induced 13 ground balls on the day.
It was the rookie’s third quality start in a row.
2. Smoak Keeps a Strong Series Going
If there’s any Mariner who doesn’t want the LA series to end, it’s Justin Smoak. Smoak closed out today’s series going 2-4 with an RBI and stolen base.
Over his last three games, the Mariners first baseman is batting .416 with 2 home runs and 6 RBI.
3. Seager’s Heads Up Play
Kyle Seager—mired in a bit of a slump—had an ugly 0-fer day at the plate. However, he did flash some leather in the 5th inning.
With 2 outs in the 5th Mike Trout had a broken bat grounder to third. Seager made a quick instinct play to his right, with the shards of Trout’s bat coming straight for him. Seager noticed the splinters, made a flashy 360 turn to his left, and catapulted the ball straight into Justin Smoak‘s glove for the out.
1. How Bad is that Offense?
Outside of Smoak, things were awful for the Mariners today. Seattle had 3 hits on the day as a whole, with Jesus Monterogetting the third.
There were also 9 Mariner punch outs on the day.
The Los Angeles pitchers have shut down Seattle throughout the whole series, with the Mariners being outscored 9-18 over the four game series.
2. Shawn Kelley just Couldn’t Limit the Damage
Seattle’s bullpen has been bad enough throughout the season. So, it seems only fitting that with the score at 3-2 in the 9th Shawn Kelley goes ahead and gives LA that insurance run.
The struggling setup man gave up a Howie Kendrick sac fly in the 9th, raising his ERA to 3.60 on the year.
3. Seattle in the Bottom of the AL West Barrel
With a 4-game sweep at the hands of the Angels, the Mariners have officially fallen to the bottom of the AL West standings. They are now sitting pretty at 21-29 on the year, 2 games behind the third place Oakland Athletics.
The Angels hit six homers in the series.
Seattle scored just nine runs in the four games and six of them were driven in by Justin Smoak.
Los Angeles reliever Ernesto Frieri pitched a scoreless eighth and hasn’t allowed a hit in 11 innings since being acquired from the San Diego Padres. Mariners outfielder Ichiro Suzuki was hitless Sunday and went 2-for-16 in the series.