M’s wrap it up – Mariners win it 6-0 behind Brandon Maurer’s strong effort on the mound and homers from Carlos Peguero and Kyle Seager, who stretched his hitting streak to 14 games.
M’s, 4-0 after 7 — Jason Bay doubled the Mariner lead with a two-run single off Angels starter Garrett Richards with the bases loaded in the seventh. Justin Smoak had started it with a walk, Dustin Ackley followed with a hit to right, and after Kelly Shoppach sacrificed, the Angels walked Carlos Peguero intentionally. That set the stage for Bay, and now it’s up to the M’s bullpen to close it out.
Defense is shining – The M’s protected their 2-0 lead with some shining defense in the sixth. First, Kelly Shoppach threw out Mike Trout trying to steal second, and that doesn’t happen every day; Trout was successful on 49 of 54 tries last year and three of three before this misfire. Then, after Albert Pujols lined a single up the middle, Josh Hamilton hit a hard grounder down the first-base line that Justin Smoak backhanded, turned into an out by stepping on the bag and then turned two when he threw down to Robert Andino to victimize Pujols. Seattle 2, LA 0 after 6.
It stays 2-0 after 5 — Angels got something stirring in the fifth, but Kyle Seager started a crisp 5-4-3 double play off the bat of fleet Peter Bourjos to keep LA off the scoreboard. M’s 2, Angels 0.
2-0, M’s, after 4 — Not much doing in the fourth, although Justin Smoak, showing signs of breaking out of a funk that has encircled much of his April, hit a shot destined for centerfield, except it was gloved in self-defense by Garrett Richards to rob Smoak of a single. Brandon Maurer has limited the Angels to three hits.
M’s bats perk up — Seattle broke through for two runs in the bottom of the third for a 2-0 lead, highlighted by Carlos Peguero’s first homer in his initial at-bat since being recalled from Tacoma Tuesday as a replacement for Franklin Gutierrez. Peguero had a long at-bat against Garrett Richards, taking him to 3-2 and ultimately crushing a pitch low and out of the strike zone 451 feet to the batter’s eye in centerfield. Then the M’s had three singles, the third by Kyle Seager to sustain what is now a 14-game hitting streak, to make it 2-0. Of dubious note: Kendrys Morales has hit into 4-6-3 double plays his first two times up.
Still scoreless after 2 — Nothing happening in the second, except for the Angels’ Mark Trumbo getting a gift hit. He hit a little nubber to Kyle Seager at third, and replay showed Seager’s throw to first to have been in time to get Trumbo, but umpire Scott Barry called Trumbo safe. That’s the only hit so far off Brandon Maurer.
Scoreless after 1 — Good start for Orange County product Brandon Maurer, striking out Peter Bourjos and Mike Trout to start the game and getting Albert Pujols on a broken-bat roller to short. But other than the leadoff single by Endy Chavez, the M’s didn’t get much going, either. They’ve got kind of a patchwork lineup going tonight, with Dustin Ackley moved up to No. 5 in the batting order, and Justin Smoak hitting cleanup.
Hey folks, Bud Withers here, sitting in for our regulars on the first night of a seven-game homestand. Tonight, we’ve got two teams, the M’s and Angels, that are coming off double-digit-runs allowed in blowout losses to the Texas teams (but I’m thinking it’s slightly more honorable having had it happen at the hands of the Rangers, if you know what I mean).
Beautiful evening here at Safeco, though it’ll get chilly later on. Brandon Maurer, coming off a pair of quality starts against Texas, goes for the Mariners, and righthander Garrett Richards for the Angels, a guy with a career 4.47 ERA in 43 appearances but fresh off a seven-inning, two-hit effort against the Tigers Saturday.