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May 27, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Final: Angels 4, M’s 2

ANGELS COMPLETE THE SWEEP — LA got a run in the top half of the ninth on Kendry Morales’ double, and eventual sacrifice fly by Howie Kendrick. Seattle got a two-out hit from Justin Smoak</strong, but Kyle Seager grounded out to end it with Smoak at third.
3-2 AFTER EIGHT, ANGELS — M’s had a threat in the bottom of the eighth as John Jaso, leading off, drew a walk off reliever Ernesto Frieri. Brendan Ryan sacrificed, and Dustin Ackley connected on a deep drive to left-center, but speedy Peter Bourjos tracked it down. Then Frieri fanned pinch-hitter Michael Saunders with two pitches on the outside corner, preserving the Angels’ one-run lead.
AFTER 7, 3-2 ANGELS — The M’s drew within a run after reliever Jordan Walden spelled C.J. Wilson. Walden walked Jesus Montero leading off and quickly wild-pitched him to second. Justin Smoak’s grounder advanced Montero, and with two out, Walden wild-pitched Montero home. The M’s have but two hits.
ANGELS EXTEND LEADMark Trumbo has LA up two, 3-1, after 6 1/2, thanks to a second 0-2 pitch that Hector Noesi made a little too fat. Trumbo reached the second deck in leftfield with his homer and it’s 3-1, LA, as the M’s prepare to bat in the last of the seventh.
AFTER 5 1/2, STILL 2-1 — Both Hector Noesi and C.J. Wilson seem to have settled into a groove, leaving the Angels leading 2-1 in the middle of the sixth. Noesi has retired nine straight since the Kendry Morales homer in the fourth.
FINALLY, A HIT, AND A RUN — M’s have dented C.J. Wilson in the bottom of the fourth. With two outs, Jesus Montero struck a solid double to left-center, the Mariners’ first hit of the afternoon, and Justin Smoak sent an off-field single to right. Mark Trumbo’s throw from right was up the line toward third and Montero made it home safely, so it’s 2-1, Angels, after four.
AFTER 3 1/2, ANGELS 2-0 — Safe to say Hector Noesi’s 0-2 serve to Kendry Morales was a “mistake” pitch. Morales deposited it into the seats just to the right of centerfield, and the Angels have a 2-0 lead as the M’s come up in the bottom of the fourth.
They’re still without a hit against C.J. Wilson, who took a bouncer off his meat (left) hand from Justin Smoak in the second inning, but checked out OK.
AFTER 2, ANGELS, 1-0Brendan Ryan just turned in a fielding gem behind second base as the Angels begin the top of the third, robbing catcher Bobby Wilson of a hit. Ryan ranged far to his left and fired off-balance to get Wilson at first base.
But the Angels took their 1-0 lead in the top of the first. And no, Albert Pujols wasn’t part of it. Mike Trout, who has really tested Mariner catchers in this series, singled leading off, stole second and eventually came around on a hit by Kendry Morales. Meanwhile, C.J. Wilson hasn’t given up a hit yet to the Mariners.
Hey folks, Bud Withers here, spot-starting for our M’s regulars, Sunday afternoon at Safeco Field. Gray skies but certainly not uncomfortable here at game time. There’s a bit fo a breeze over the leftfield stands, couple of miles an hour but not much more.
The M’s are trying to salvage a game in this four-game series with the Angels, which has been a disaster in several different ways for the local team. LA has won five in a row and showing signs of stirring in the AL West race.
Manager Eric Wedge had some interesting things to say in his pregame chat with the media. Some fans may even find his comments provocative. I’ll have those posted in a short while.

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