Quick note: Joshua Mayers here to cover the game in place of the usual suspects. I’ll be sure to avoid Sounders/soccer references as best I can while on pinch-hit duty.
Pretty spectacular pitching matchup here in the third of a four-game series between the Mariners (25-26) and Angels (29-22). Seattle will have ace Felix Hernandez (6-1, 2.75 ERA) on the mound trying to become the seventh pitched in team history to reach seven wins before June 1.
Los Angeles will counter with leftie C.J. Wilson (6-3, 3.00).
I’ll post some updates from the game below.
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7:15 p.m. — We are underway and Felix is dealing early, retiring the Angels in order with strikeouts of Mike Trout and Albert Pujols.
7:29 p.m. — Two more K’s for Felix, who has also benefited from nice defensive plays from Nick Franklin and Dustin Ackley already.
7:41 p.m. — The Mariners take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second with an opposite-field, two-out single by Mike Zunino, scoring Justin Smoak (who singled sharply to left) and Kyle Seager (who walked on four pitches).
7:48 p.m. — No isses for Felix the first time through the L.A. lineup. Nine up. Nine down. Five strikeouts.
7:55 p.m. — This is my first time watching James Jones, and that speed is impressive as he gets to first after striking out on a wild pitch. Cano, though, grounds into a double play to end the third.
8:10 p.m. — The Angels get their first hit as Howie Kendrick lines a sharp single up the middle. Mike Trout then walks, but Felix gets out of danger by getting Pujols to fly out, having Mike Zunino throw Kendrick out at third and, finally, striking out David Freese.
8:12 p.m. — That review was 42 seconds as Justin Smoak’s double is rightly overturned and called foul.
8:29 p.m. — Felix has cruised through five innings with seven strikeouts. No runs and just two hits allowed.
8:34 p.m. — Wilson has settled down, effectively retiring 10 in a row.
8:48 p.m. — Romero singles to right to snap an 0 for 16 slump. Robinson Cano, though, grounds into an inning-ending double play after (his second of the game).
8:57 p.m. — Felix has been dominant through seven: no runs, two hits, seven strikeouts. Just 92 pitches thrown.
9:16 p.m. — Felix at 104 pitches. Does he come out for the ninth?
Final. Mariners 3, Angels 1. Hernandez strikes out nine, allowing the lone run with two outs in the ninth inning. He nearly had his first complete game since 2012. Still, he improves to 7-1 on the season (5-1 after a Seattle loss) and lowers his ERA to 2.57.