M’s Take Series from Halos
The Headline: The Seattle Mariners battle through nine innings and emerge victorious, winning a second series in a row, this time vs. Los Angeles.
Seattle Mariners 8, LA Angels 6
When: 10:05 ET, Wednesday, June 6, 2012
Where: Angel Stadium of Anaheim, LA
Umpires: Home — Todd Tichenor, 1B — Larry Vanover, 2B — Tony Randazzo, 3B — Brian Gorman
1. Moving on Up
Michael Saunders has seen the majority of his ABs in the bottom of the lineup, usually eight or nine. Hitting .563 over his last four games, the M’s outfielder was moved up to sixth in the order for tonight’s game.
Saunders didn’t let his manager down, collecting 3 hits, scoring 2 runs and swiping a bag.
2. Kyle Seager: RBI Machine
If I had to pick a guy to name Seattle’s 2012 MVP today, I’d have to go with Kyle Seager. The 24-year old is enjoying a fantastic breakout season, leading the Mariner’s in RBI with 32.
The third baseman added 4 more to that total tonight with a 2-4 performance at the plate. He’s been thriving in the middle of the lineup, and has quickly become an integral cog in the future of the team.
3. Ichiro Power
Ichiro’s finally showing some pop, hitting two home runs against Chicago over the weekend. The rightfielder added another bomb to his total with his solo shot in the eighth.
He’s not going to hit 20 home runs, but it’s always nice to see power at the top of the order.
1. Short Leash for Noesi
Starter Hector Noesi had a rough night, giving up 6 earned runs on 5 walks and 4 hits. Obviously the control wasn’t there, and the Angels jumped all over it.
The most disheartening thing was to see Noesi get through only 4 innings. He only had 76 pitches at the time—so he could have gone deeper—but, with all the trouble he had hit it makes sense Wedge pulled him.
2. Sloppy Play on D
The Mariners had some sloppy play on defense tonight. Though it didn’t mean the difference between a win or a loss, it did impact the game.
The first came off a Mike Carp throwing error from left, and the second a pickoff attempt from Noesi—which allowed Mike Trout to advance from first to third! Both errors kept the innings going.
For a team that utilizes pitching and defense, the M’s need to lock it down on the diamond.
3. Some Lagging Bats
This was a big night for the offense, but that’s not for a lack of trying by some bottom of the order slackers.
Seattle was 1-12 from the seven to nine spots. And even though he was a little bit higher, Justin Smoak was 0-5 from the five hole. On such a great run scoring night it would’ve been nice to see hits all around.
Saunders went 19-for-39 (.487) over the nine-game road trip that concluded Wednesday. Four of Morales’ seven homers have come against Seattle. The Mariners are hoping Felix Hernandez will be recovered in time to start Sunday’s interleague game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Angels have six consecutive road games against National League teams on the horizon and manager Mike Scioscia plans to use Albert Pujols at third base to get the hot bat of Morales into the lineup at first base.