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October 1, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Game thread, Mariners vs. Angels, Oct. 1: Mariners lose, 8-4

The Angels win, but they still lose: No playoff this year after Oakland clinches at least wild card with a win over Texas.
ANGELS EIGHTH: Trout missed a chance for the cycle by grounding out to third against Hector Noesi. He needed a homer. Angels are facing elimination if Oakland can get three more outs to beat Texas. 7-4 Angels.
ANGELS SIXTH: Hernandez’s season comes to an end as the Angels knock him out with one out in the sixth on Mike Trout’s fourth hit — a two-run triple, and an RBI single by Torii Hunter. WIth seven earned runs allowed, Hernandez’s ERA jumps from 2.86 to 3.06. There will be no Cy Young in 2012. 7-1 Angels.
MARINERS FIFTH: The Mariners left runners on first and second, and have now stranded eight runners through five. 4-1 Angels.
ANGELS FIFTH: Hernandez rebounds to strike out the side. He’s whiffed seven through five — but also given up eight hits and three walks. 4-1 Angels.
MARINERS FOURTH: The M’s leave the bases loaded on a first-pitch ground out by Dustin Ackley. They’re 0-for-3 with RISP, an ongoing plight of this team. 4-1 Angels.
ANGELS FOURTH: This just isn’t Hernandez’s night. He gave up two hits and two walks for another Angels run, coming on Mike Trout’s third hit of the game. Trout is putting heat on Miguel Cabrera in the batting race. Cabrera had three hits tonight and is at .329. Trout stands at .324. 4-1 Angels.
MARINERS THIRD: A leadoff single by Ackley — and then three straight outs, the final two strikeouts (Seager for the second time, and Montero). 3-1 Angels.
ANGELS THIRD: Hernandez gets back on track with a 1-2-3 inning, includin a strikeout of Mark Trumbo. 3-1 Angels.
MARINERS SECOND: M’s strand two as Ryan grounds out with runners on first and second (single by Olivo, walk by Robinson). 3-1 Angels.
ANGELS SECOND: Two more hits by the Angels, but no damage as Trout thrown out at second by Wells trying to stretch a single. Pujols struck out for the third out. 3-1 Angels.
MARINERS FIRST: The M’s got one run back on a one-out homer to left by Casper Wells, his ninth of the year. Wells now has two homers and a double in six at-bats off C.J. Wilson. 3-1 Angels.
ANGELS FIRST: So much for Felix Hernandez ending his season with a gem. He might recover to pitch well the rest of the way, but he got off to a horrible start, giving up four hits (including doubles to Mike Trout and Albert Pujols) for three runs. Hernandez also walked a batter, and threw 24 pitches. 3-0 Angels.
As mentioned, this will be the final start of the year for Felix Hernandez. It looks like one of the smallest crowds of the year at Safeco, and definitely the smallest King’s Court contingent (unless there’s a last-minute surge of fans).
Here’s how Eric Wedge assessed Hernandez’s season: “He had the best month I’ve ever seen in my life, whether it be as a player or as a manager. I think he’s been very consistent for us. Even when he had a couple of tough starts, the true test is how he comes back, and the way he gets back to the level we’re accustomed to seeing him.
“That means as much to me as anything, because you’re not going to perform at that level over the course of six months. These are big leaguers. They’re getting paid over there to come out and beat you. I’ve been really impressed with him handling the success, but when he does have a tough game, or a tough couple of games, I’m just as impressed with how he gets back on line. That means as much as anything. That’s what allows you to be consistent over 30 starts over the course of a season.”

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