SEATTLE – The Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim traveled to the Pacific North West to face the Seattle Mariners for three games in the start of a nine game, eleven day, road trip. They started the trip off right tonight, with a 2-0 win over the M’s.
Chris Nelson had the loan blow of the game as he drilled a two-run shot to left field early in the top of the second inning. Other than that, both teams were limited to a combined eleven base runners (9-for-62, three walks). Mariners pitchers struckout a combined 15 Angels batters.
Garrett Richards had what was looking like a possible, low hit, complete game shutout. That was until in the eighth, he took a liner from Dustin Ackley back to the mound off his throwing elbow, and despite directing Erick Aybar where the ball landed so he could get the out, Richards came out of the game with an elbow contusion. Over his seven and a third innings though, Richards struck out four, allowed the same number of hits, and walked just two, while putting a goose egg on the board for over seven innings.
Felix Hernandez finished the night early after battling on six full count at bats, and hitting 104 pitches in just six innings. Over those six frames though, King Felix struck out ten, yes, ten batters (four looking). He walked one (Chris Ianetta, who else would you expect?), and allowed just four hits. Hernandez lowered his earned run average to 2.63, good enough for second best in the American League. Hernandez is one of the front runners for the Cy Young Award, and despite suffering the loss, it’s looking likely that Felix could win his second Cy Young Award at the young age of 27.
Mike Trout returned to the lineup after missing four games with tightness in his right hamstring. Trout batted third as the designated hitter, but failed to reach base, ending a 40-game streak. The only other Angels player in history to have more was Orlando Cabrera, who reached base in 63 consecutive games.
Final from Safeco Field in Seattle, Washington:
W – Garrett Richards (4-5, 3.95)
L – Felix Hernandez (12-7, 2.63)
S – Ernesto Frieri (27, 4.25)
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