August 24, 2013 at 6:23 PM
Final: Angels 5, Mariners 1
Top first: Erasmo Ramirez quickly got ahead of Mike Trout 0-2, but the problems came when Ramirez couldn’t finish the job. Trout battled back and got the best of Ramirez by crushing a ball to center field for a two-run homer. That’s the only damage in the inning, but Ramirez needs 26 pitches to get through it. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Bottom first: Brad Miller leads off the inning with a single, but Kyle Seager, Kendrys Morales and Michael Morse go down in order to end the inning. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Top second: Ramirez gets the Angels three up, three down, but not without a little drama. Endy Chavez, who started tonight in right field, robbed Hank Conger of a home run with a perfectly timed leaping catch at the wall. Oh, and it took Ramirez only nine pitches to get through this inning (26 to get through the first). Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Bottom second: Endy Chavez singled and Dustin Ackley followed with a ground-rule double to right. That proved a costly bounce — if it stayed in play, Chavez might have scored on the play — because Brendan Ryan lined out sharply to left field to end the inning and the Mariners threat. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Top third: The Angels get two singles, but Ramirez doesn’t break and strands two runners on base. He’s given up four hits and one walk but has only allowed that Trout home run to really hurt him so far. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Bottom third: Brad Miller leads off with a single — second time in the game he did that — but once again the combination of Seager, Morales and Morse fail to deliver a hit. Mariners have four hits but nothing to show for them right now. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Top fourth: Ramirez has no problems in the fourth. Three up, three down. He’s done a nice job so far, especially when you take away that first inning, when he threw 26 pitches and gave up the homer to Trout. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Bottom fourth: Justin Smoak led off the inning with a walk and Endy Chavez followed with a single down the right field line; I’m not exactly sure how he kept the ball fair. He swung at a pitch way inside and somehow managed to have it toe the line into right field. But Humberto Quintero struck out, Dustin Ackley popped out to the catcher and Brendan Ryan grounded out to the shorstop to end the inning. The Mariners have had runners on in every inning and have yet to score. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Top fifth: Ramirez allows the leadoff man to reach on a single but ends the inning by striking out Trout. No damage. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Bottom fifth: Kyle Seager reaches on a single but the Mariners strand him when Kendrys Morales grounds into an inning-ending double play. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Top sixth: Ramirez strikes out the side. He has five strikeouts but his night should be done. He’s at 99 pitches right now. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Bottom sixth: Justin Smoak reached on an error by the second baseman, but the inning ended when Endy Chavez grounded into a double play. Jason Vargas has been really tough tonight. He’s allowed base runners in every inning, but Seattle really hasn’t hit him hard. Angels 2, Mariners 0.
Top seventh: Ramirez returns for the seventh (I was wrong) and gives up a bunt single to Grant Green followed by a double to J.B. Shuck. He stays in the game and gets Erick Aybar to hit a grounder to second baseman Brad Miller, who gets Green at home for an out. Ramirez got Mike Trout to hit a fly ball to right center but Endy Chavez dropped the ball while running in for an error. One run scored. That would have ended the inning. Angels 3, Mariners 0.
Bottom seventh: Quintero leads off with a single and Ackley follows with a single. Both advance to second and third on a Jason Vargas balk. Nick Franklin, who Wedge said before the game he wanted to have pinch hit, stepped in for Brendan Ryan with no outs and runners on second and third. Franklin grounded out to third but scored Quintero on the play to get the Mariners on the board. Brad Miller then struck out, which brought up Kyle Seager, who was plunked in the back. Kendrys Morales then stepped to the plate against reliever Michael Kohn with two outs and runners on first and third but struck out swinging to end the inning. Angels 3, Mariners 1.
Top eighth: Mark Trumbo leads off with a single and Kole Calhoun drives him in with a single off Brandon Maurer. Chris Nelson added another single to drive in Calhoun. Angels 5, Mariners 1.
Bottom eighth: Endy Chavez singles — his third hit of the night — but that’s it. Angels 5, Mariners 1.
Top ninth: Angels go three up, three down. Angels 5, Mariners 1.
Bottom ninth: The first time the Mariners don’t get a runner on base. Final: Angels 5, Mariners 1.