Safeco Joe Saunders And Raul Ibanez Shine As Mariners Defeat The Angels 8-3

A popular band from Seattle sang, “run and tell all of the angels, this could take all night.” Well tonight in Seattle, the Angels were possibly thinking that this game could take all night to finally end, as the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim 8-3.

The Mariners put a nice eight to nothing cushion for Joe Saunders to work with into the seventh inning which is where his night ended. After 109 pitches, the Safeco Field crowd of 21,372 went to their feet to show their approval of Saunders pitching over the night, and he allowed just five hits in seven shutout innings, while giving two free passes to first, and giving five a trip back to the dugout with a frown on their face after being struckout. Safe to say “Safeco Joe” was doing just fine tonight.

He wasn’t the only one as Raul Ibanez had himself a night as well. He went 3-for-4 on the day with a double… oh, and a pair of monster home runs! Ibanez’s first home run hit the second deck of the Safeco Field right field stands into the “Hit It Here Cafe,” an estimated 438 feet. Not bad for a 41-year-old, eh?

Mike Zunino matched Ibanez in hits with a 3-for-4 day, one of them being a double. Kendrys Morales worked his way into a 2-for-4 night himself, with a home run that followed one of Ibanez’s in the seventh.

Angels starter Jerome Williams had a rare, less than stellar night, but the bullpen came together for a strong relief effort. Garrett Richards pitched 3.2 innings (one out more than Williams), allowed two runs while being in a jam, and allowed three hits. Richards also had five of the six Angels strikeouts of the night, four coming consecutively at one point.

The Angels managed to attempt a late rally, scoring three runs in the eight started by an RBI triple from Mike Trout. Trout came home on an Albert Pujols single, who later came home on a Mark Trumbo ground out, but it wasn’t enough to rally back from an eight run deficit.

Final from Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington:

Angels, 3     Mariners, 8

W – Joe Saunders (8-8, 4.24)

L – Jerome Williams (5-5, 4.60)


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