The Mariners made a statement Wednesday. That statement was delivered by James Paxton, who continued the opening week of solid pitching performances as the Mariners came within three outs of a shut out, but still won 8-2.
Paxton threw 7 scoreless innings of two hit ball, walking two and striking out nine. In the first three games of the year, Mariners starters have pitched 20 innings allowing 12 hits and 5 ER, walking three and striking out 26.
The offense continued their hot start as six Mariners each had two hits, led by Mike Zunino who his his first homer of the season and drove in three runs.
The Mariners outscored the Angels 26-8 in the three games and sit atop the AL West at 3-0.
Cautious optimism is the phrase that pays for Mariners fans. The Mariners won two of their first three games in 2011, 2102 and 2013 only to have losing seasons in all three. However, the last time the Mariners started a season 3-0 was the “Refuse To Lose” 1995 season.
No rest for the weary as the Mariners now head up the coast to Oakland for a four-game series with the back-to-back AL West champion Athletics.
|Almonte, A, CF||3||0||0||0||2||1||3||.231|
|Miller, B, SS||5||1||2||1||0||3||2||.333|
|Romero, S, RF||3||1||2||1||0||0||0||.286|
|Saunders, M, RF||2||0||0||0||0||0||1||.000|
2B: Miller, B (1, Santiago, H), Romero, S (1, Salas).
HR: Zunino (1, 6th inning off Salas, 2 on, 1 out), Smoak (2, 9th inning off Frieri, 0 on, 2 out), Hart (1, 9th inning off Frieri, 0 on, 2 out).
TB: Cano 2; Romero, S 3; Zunino 5; Smoak 5; Bloomquist; Hart 5; Miller, B 3.
RBI: Cano (1), Miller, B (4), Romero, S (1), Zunino 3 (4), Smoak (7), Hart (1).
2-out RBI: Cano; Miller, B; Smoak; Hart.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Hart; Cano.
GIDP: Ackley, Almonte, A.
Team RISP: 4-for-9.
Team LOB: 7.
|Kendrick, H, 2B||3||0||0||0||0||1||2||.000|
2B: Calhoun (1, Paxton), Trout (1, Paxton).
3B: Trout (1, Noesi).
TB: Trout 5; Calhoun 2.
RBI: Trout (3), Freese (1).
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Freese; Kendrick, H.
Team RISP: 0-for-6.
Team LOB: 3.
E: Hamilton (1, throw).
DP: 2 (Kendrick, H-Aybar-Pujols, Freese-Pujols).
|Paxton (W, 1-0)||7.0||2||0||0||2||9||0||0.00|
|Santiago, H (L, 0-1)||5.0||7||4||4||3||4||0||7.20|
Santiago, H pitched to 2 batters in the 6th.
Pitches-strikes: Paxton 99-64, Beimel 8-7, Noesi 25-15, Santiago, H 83-46, Salas 19-13, Maronde 16-9, Smith, J 17-12, Frieri 20-15.
Groundouts-flyouts: Paxton 7-0, Beimel 2-1, Noesi 0-0, Santiago, H 5-3, Salas 1-0, Maronde 0-1, Smith, J 1-0, Frieri 0-2.
Batters faced: Paxton 24, Beimel 3, Noesi 5, Santiago, H 23, Salas 6, Maronde 4, Smith, J 4, Frieri 5.
Inherited runners-scored: Salas 2-2.
Umpires: HP: Rob Drake. 1B: Alan Porter. 2B: Joe West. 3B: Marty Foster.
Weather: 57 degrees, clear.
Wind: 15 mph, L to R.
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
April 2, 2014