3 Observations from the Mariners Loss to the Angels

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Apr 7, 2015; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Angels pitcher Huston Street (16) gives a high five to third baseman David Freese (6) following the final out of a 2-0 victory over the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports

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The Seattle Mariners bid for a perfect season ended on Tuesday night at Safeco Field, as the Los Angeles Angels won 2-0. C.J. Wilson (1-0, 0.00 ERA) was nasty, retiring 17 consecutive Mariners at one point en route to picking up his first victory of the season. James Paxton (0-1, 3.00 ERA) was nearly as impressive, but was saddled with his first loss of the young season. Huston Street had a perfect 9th inning to record his first save of 2015.

26,545 Mariners’ fans were in attendance tonight at Safeco Field. With the loss the Mariners dropped to 1-1 on the season. The M’s are now tied for second place in the American League West with the Oakland A’s and the Los Angeles Angels.

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The Angels got on the scoreboard in the top of the 4th inning on Tuesday evening. Future Hall-of-Famer Albert Pujols got the rally started by doubling on a sharp line drive to left field. David Freese sent a James Paxton fastball over the wall out in right-center field to give the Halos a 2 run lead. Freese showed impressive power to muscle the ball out on a cold night in Seattle.

Shockingly, the pair of runs scored in the top of the 4th inning proved to be enough tonight for the Angels. The Angels received a very strong outing from veteran southpaw C.J. Wilson, and Huston Street dominated the M’s in the bottom of the 9th inning. Wilson pitched 8 shutout frames, scattering 2 hits, while striking out 2 and walking 1. Wilson has been tough on the Mariners in recent years, and tonight’s win was his 16th against Seattle since 2005.

It was a cold night in the Emerald City, and the ball was not carrying in the crisp Seattle air. Both teams pitched exceptionally well, but the Angels proved to have just enough offense to squeak out a win.

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