Mariners manager Eric Wedge had asked for a “clean” game by his team and that’s just what he got. No real stumbling around this time. Much more focused, better baseball.
In fact, this 7-4 win by the Mariners was arguably their best game in weeks. Yes, the Felix Hernandez two-hitter in New York — the last time Seattle won a game — was special, but only for the pitcher.
This game saw a pretty dominant outing on the mound by Hisashi Iwakuma and then an equally potent offensive performance by the M’s. This was a 7-0 game by the fourth inning and while the Angels made it look good late, those were some “garbage time” runs in the final two innings by a team that never really appeared a threat to win anything.
Iwakuma allowed just a run on four singles through seven, then was chased by the Vernon Wells homer in the eighth that made it 7-3. Tom Wilhelmsen gave up the solo homer to Kendrys Morales in the ninth, but as I said, way too little, too late for a squad the M’s pretty much had under control all night.
The Angels were actually getting booed by their home fans in the fourth inning after kicking the ball around. They did not look like a team that was trying to stay in the playoff chase and part of that was some unrelenting at-bats by the Mariners.
Any time the Angels tried to get their footing, the M’s were there tacking on runs.
You had two hits apiece by Dustin Ackley, Trayvon Robinson and Miguel Olivo to help ignite the offense, along with the second homer in as many nights by John Jaso. Olivo also just missed a two-run homer to dead center in the eighth, with Mike Trout leaping at the wall and catching the ball before it left the park.
That would have made it a 9-3 game heading into the ninth and the final score wouldn’t look this close. This was an all-around dominant win by the Mariners to snap their five-game streak. Much better than anything we’ve seen before it on this trip and even the previous seven-game winning streak.
August 11, 2012 at 8:46 PM