The Angels Clinch the West While C.J. Wilson Embarrasses the Mariners Offense


Justin Smoak hit a single off of C.J. Wilson in the top of the 5th inning. And that was it.

The Mariners were collectively one-hit by the Angels on a night where James Paxton was dealing, even though his final stat line is skewed by things beyond his control.

In the 7th of a 0-0 ball game, Paxton allowed a single to the leadoff man. Then, a bloop-type shot to right center. Chris Denorfia took a bad route to the ball and was forced to play it off an awkward hop. The ball skipped past him and netted the Angels their first run of the game. An undeserved earned run for Paxton. Then Paxton intentionally walked Erick Aybar before striking out catcher Chris Iannetta.

Paxton was then pulled from the game and replaced by Danny Farquhar with 2-outs in the inning. There were men on 1st and 2nd.

On a first pitch hanging slider, C.J. Cron tomahawked the ball to deep left-center field for a 3-run homer. In an instant the Mariners were down 4-0, and Paxton was charged with 3 earned runs he did not deserve.

Aside from that, Farquhar managed to allow another run to score, and the way the M’s were hitting that was all they needed.

Congratulations to the Angels for clinching the AL West as Oakland lost to the Rangers last night.

Now the Mariners sit two games back of both Oakland and the Kansas City Royals in the Wild Card race.

Box Score:

Jackson, A, CF4000010.262
Ackley, LF4000010.248
Cano, 2B3000110.319
Morales, K, DH2000101.221
1-Jones, J, PR-DH1000010.252
Seager, 3B3000021.274
Denorfia, RF2000110.236
Smoak, 1B3010002.202
Taylor, C, SS3000001.287
Sucre, C3000030.228

1-Ran for Morales, K in the 7th.

Calhoun, RF4021011.283
Trout, CF4000042.289
Pujols, DH4000020.272
Kendrick, H, 2B4110020.291
Freese, 3B3010000.261
1-Campana, PR0100000.179
Navarro, E, 1B1000000.252
Aybar, SS2100100.282
Iannetta, C3000022.255
Cron, 1B3123000.273
McDonald, Jo, 3B0000000.151
Cowgill, LF2100101.259

1-Ran for Freese in the 7th.

TB: Smoak.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Smoak.
Team RISP: 0-for-1.
Team LOB: 4.
SB: Jones, J (26, 2nd base off Wilson, C/Iannetta).

E: Denorfia (2, fielding), Cano (8, missed catch).

2B: Calhoun (29, Farquhar).
HR: Cron (11, 7th inning off Farquhar, 2 on, 2 out).
TB: Kendrick, H; Cron 5; Calhoun 3; Freese.
RBI: Cron 3 (35), Calhoun (57).
2-out RBI: Cron 3; Calhoun.
Runners left in scoring position, 2 out: Calhoun; Trout.
Team RISP: 1-for-4.
Team LOB: 3.

Paxton(L, 6-3)6.24331802.06
Wilson, C(W, 13-9)7.01003704.42
Smith, J1.00000201.89

Farquhar pitched to 3 batters in the 7th.

IBB: Aybar (by Paxton).
Pitches-strikes: Paxton 103-64, Farquhar 10-5, Leone 12-10, Wilson, C 95-58, Smith, J 13-10, Street 8-7.
Groundouts-flyouts: Paxton 9-1, Farquhar 0-0, Leone 1-0, Wilson, C 9-3, Smith, J 1-0, Street 1-0.
Batters faced: Paxton 25, Farquhar 3, Leone 4, Wilson, C 25, Smith, J 3, Street 3.
Inherited runners-scored: Farquhar 2-2, Leone 1-0.
Umpires: HP: Jerry Meals. 1B: Bob Davidson. 2B: Chris Conroy. 3B: Jordan Baker.
Weather: 85 degrees, partly cloudy.
Wind: 9 mph, Out to RF.
T: 2:37.
Att: 36,875.
Venue: Angel Stadium of Anaheim.
September 17, 2014
Compiled by MLB Advanced Media