Mark Trumbo hit his second homer of the night off Blake Beavan, a no-doubt, two-run shot to center field in the fifth, to put the Angels up 6-1.
Funny, last night on Twitter, a reader told me — after I’d written about Tom Wilhelmsen’s impressive strikeout of Trumbo, that I could have struck the hitter out. Um no, I could not. And as we’ve seen tonight, even though Trumbo does strike out a lot, he is also lethal at jumping on mistakes and hammering them. That’s 12 homers for him so far.
By the way, if you missed my Talkin’ Baseball segment on Sports Radio KJR’s Mitch in the Morning show today, here it is below.
7:59 p.m.: Blake Beavan gave up four straight singles with two out in the third inning to fall behind by a 4-1 score. The first single, by Maicer Izturis, saw him swipe second on the first pitch with ease. Beavan has to do a better job of holding the runner there because the word is out on catcher John Jaso and his arm. So, Izturis is standing on second when Albert Pujols grounds one through the right side for the first run of the inning.
Then, Kendrys Morales lined a ball to center to send Pujols to third. Mark Trumbo then blooped a single to right for the other run.
Not especially hard hit balls most ofr the inning, but timed well enough.
7:45 p.m.: Michael Saunders got one of the runs back with a towering shot over the center field fence in the third inning. That’s the sixth homer for Saunders this season as he continues to solidify some type of outfield spot for when Franklin Gutierrez is ready to return.
M’s trail 2-1.
7:35 p.m.: Blake Beavan was breezing right along with four straight outs to open the game and then — boom! boom! — the Angels took him deep twice as Mark Trumbo and Torii Hunter crushed him back-to-back for a 2-0 Angels lead in the second.
7:01 p.m.: You don’t see the Mariners win many series in this ballpark, but they have a chance to do it these next two nights.
Blake Beavan has a little more pressure to go deep tonight because the bullpen should be busy tomorrow with Hector Noesi starting on short rest.
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