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April 2, 2014 at 6:53 PM

Game #3 — Mariners at Angels

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Mariners game notes: 04.02.14 Game Notes

Angels game notes: 4-2- Angels game notes

The Mariners will be going for their first sweep of the Angels in Anaheim since June 9-11, 2006. They are also trying to become the first team to win three straight road games to start a season since the 1995 team did it. It would also be the first road three-game  series sweep to start the season since 1985.

Also from the game notes … Since August 7, 2013, Dustin Ackley is hitting .333 (49-for-147) with a .413 OPB and a .497 slugging percentage.

First inning

Angels starter Hector Santiago was just wild enough to be effective. He walked Abraham Almonte, struck out Brad Miller looking, walked Robinson Cano, struck out Justin Smoak looking and then fell behind 3-0 to Corey Hart before eventually getting him to fly out to right.  Manager Lloyd McClendon gave Hart the green light on 3-0 and he swung and missed at the fastball.

James Paxton was in trouble immediately. He gave up a lead-off double to Kole Calhoun and then walked Mike Trout on four pitches. But he was able to get Albert Pujols to hit a hard ground ball to third base for a 5-4-3 double play. David Freese then lined out to Abraham Almonte, who made a sliding catch, to end the inning.

Mariners 0, Angels 0

Second inning

Santiago seems to have settled down a little. He worked a smooth 1-2-3 inning.

Paxton looks much sharper, setting down the side 1-2-3. He struck out Josh Hamilton and Raul Ibanez with some ugly, ugly swings from the two lefties.

Mariners 0, Angels 0

Third inning

The Mariners are on the board. Brad Miller hustles out a double to right field. With his crazy legs going everywhere, he makes an outstanding slide into second – going to the inside of the bag – to avoid the sweep tag of Aybar. Cano rewards the hustle by bouncing a single up the middle to score Miller from second. That was the 15th run the Mariners have scored with two outs this series.

Paxton comes on and retired the side 1-2-3. He got a little help from Willie Bloomquist, who made a nice play on a bunt from Aybar.

Mariners 1, Angels 0

Fourth inning

Stefen Romero got his first major league base hit – it was a busted bat gork into shallow center. But years from now, it will be a line drive laser into center. The inning ends shortly thereafter as Dustin Ackley hit into a 4-6-3 double play.

Paxton again finds trouble. Mike Trout doubled to left field to start the inning. Paxton came back to strike out Albert Pujols. He walked David Freese, but then came back to strike out Josh Hamilton and David Freese. He’s at 62 pitches after four innings.

Fifth inning

The Mariners go up 2-0. Brad Miller dumps a single into left field off of Santiago to score Willie Bloomquist from second. Yes, it’s another two out run for the Mariners.

Paxton struck out the side. That was five straight strike outs and he struck out six of the last batters he faced. He’s locked in.

Sixth inning

The Mariners broke open the game and now lead 6-0 Justin Smoak started it with a laser line drive to left field off Santiago. Corey Hart followed with his first MLB hit to left field. The Angels pulled Santiago for Fernando Salas and the Mariners greeted him rather unkindly. Romero hammered the first pitch he saw for a double down the left field line to score Smoak. After getting an out on a check swing grounder from Ackley, Salas grooved a first pitch fastball to Mike Zunino, who deposited it over the wall in left field with a towering three-run homer. Up to this point, the Mariners have scored 24 runs on 30 hits with 15 extra base hits. Also the Angels bullpen is very bad

Paxton works a 1-2-3 inning.

Seventh inning

Cano gave lefty Nick Maronde the Charlie Brown treatment with a single up the middle that knocked his glove off his hand. The M’s didn’t get a run out of it.

Paxton worked a 1-2-3 inning, striking out Hamilton for the third time tonight. He has now retired 12 of the last 13 batters he faced with seven strikeouts.



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