ANAHEIM – Despite a pitcher’s duel being the theme of the beginning of the game, the afternoon started with a bad omen for the Los Angeles Angels, and it lead to a loss to the Seattle Mariners, 10-3
For the ceremonial first pitch, former Angels legend Vladimir Guerrero signed a one-day contract to officially retire as an Angel. His pitch was a ball to the right side of the plate where hitting coach Don Baylor was on the receiving end. Once Baylor made the catch his leg bended in an awkward fashion and he needed help by being carried off the field. Baylor was sent to a local hospital right down the road where the final outcome was a broken femur. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Don Baylor.
Felix Hernandez was dealing for the Mariners, as he went a full six innings, allowing three runs (two earned), on four hits and a free pass. Hernandez mixed his pitches well, striking out eleven, four with a four-seam, four with his distinguished sinker, and the other three coming on a mix of off-speed pitches. Hernandez earned the win with his performance.
Two of the three runs against Hernandez came off the bat of Mike Trout in the first inning. Not many were surprised, but that Mike Trout kid is still pretty good. On a 1-1 count, Trout found a slider to his liking and sent a line drive to the Angels bullpen beyond the fences in left field. Trout finished the day going 2-for-4, with a single added to his night.
Opposite Hernandez on the mound was Jered Weaver. Weaver dealt well too, despite suffering the loss. In a six and a third innings pitched, Weaver allowed four runs on six hits and three walks, earning three of the runs. Weaver struck out six with his deceptive delivery, while only touching the high 80’s with his fastball.
The Mariners combined to score six runs in the ninth inning. After reliever, Kevin Jepsen, struck out the first two of the inning, he had trouble controlling the next five. Brad Miller started the rally with an infield single and was followed by Robinson Cano with a double to right. With runners on second and third, Justin Smoak stepped in and literally “smoked” a ball to the right field souvenir corner. A three-run bomb gave the Mariners a 7-3 lead, but they weren’t done just yet.
Jepsen walked the next two batters and was replaced by Nick Maronde. Maronde walked the first batter he faced to load the bases. Former first round pick, Dustin Ackley found a 1-2 pitch to his liking and sent it to the wall in right field. He slid in underneath the tag at third for a three-RBI triple to make it a 10-3 game.
The Angels bullpen combined for two and two/third innings pitched, while allowing six runs on five hits and the same amount of walks.
Final from Angel Stadium in Anaheim, California:
Mariners, 10 Angels, 3
W – Felix Hernandez (1-0, 3.00)
L – Jered Weaver (0-1, 4.26)
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