Mariners Game Recap: Angels Walk-off Mariners in Anaheim


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The Los Angeles Angels (80-74) walked off the Seattle Mariners (74-81), 3-2 on Saturday night at Angel Stadium. Fernando Salas (4-2, 4.23 ERA) was credited the win for the home side, and Danny Farquhar (1-5, 4.89 ERA) was took the loss.

The Halos leapt out in front in the home half of the first inning, scoring one run to take an early 1-0 lead. Seattle fought back to tie the contest in the top of the 2nd, and took a 2-1 lead in the 3rd. The Angels knotted the game at 2 in the bottom of the 7th. Ultimately, Los Angeles walked off the M’s with a solo home run in the 9th inning.

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Felix Hernandez‘s bid for a 20-win season will come up short in 2015. Despite pitching well on Saturday, King Felix had to settle for a no-decision. Hernandez allowed 2 runs on 8 hits across 6 innings of work. The 29-year-old right-hander struck out 6, walked 2 and served up a game-tying solo home run in the 6th inning. I’m gutted that he will not reach 20 wins this season, but maybe Hernandez will get there next season when he leads the Mariners to the postseason.

Carson Smith entered in the 7th, and proceeded to hurl 1.1 perfect innings. Smitty fanned 3 Angels, and was in command throughout. Danny Farquhar took over for Smith in the 8th, retiring the final two men he faced to keep the score tied at 2. Unfortunately, Lord Farquhar could not duplicate his success in the 9th. David Freese took Danny deep leading off the final frame to win the game for LA.

Ketel Marte had a memorable night on Saturday at Angel Stadium. The 21-year-old shortstop launched his first career big league home run. It was a rocket that cleared the bullpens in left field with ease. Marte is known for his speed, but tonight he showed some muscle.

Andrew Heaney got the start for the Angels, and he fared reasonably well. The 24-year-old southpaw allowed 2 runs on 5 hits through 6 innings. Heaney fanned 5 and walked 2 en route to earning a no-decision. Mike Morin and Trevor Gott combined to blank the M’s in the 7th and 8th. Huston Street got the first out in the 9th, but was carted off the field after making a play at first base. Jose Alverez and Fernando Salas tallied an out a piece to escape the frame with the tie intact.

The Angels were pretty quiet on offense for much of the game, but a pair of timely home runs proved to be the difference. C.J. Cron tied the game at 2 in the 6th after crushing his 16th home run of the season. David Freese took the second pitch of the 9th inning over the wall in center field to lead the Halos past Seattle.

Mike Trout made one of the finest catches of the season this evening in the 4th inning. The Mariners were winning by one run at the time, and they had runners on first and second base with none out. Jesus Montero got into an Andrew Heaney sinker, and hit what appeared to be an easy home run. However, Trouty sprinted towards the track in center field and scaled the wall like Spiderman. Trout’s entire upper body cleared the wall as he reached over and snagged the ball. It was a magnificent play by the best player in the game. Even more amazing, he made a strong throw back into the infield to hold the runner at second base. It’s safe to say that we will be seeing this catch on highlight reels for a very long time.

The Seattle Mariners (74-81) will take on the Los Angeles Angels (80-74) in the series finale on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for 12:35 pm from Angel Stadium in Anaheim. Hisashi Iwakuma (9-4, 3.67 ERA) will be tasked with helping Seattle avoid being swept by the Halos. Jered Weaver (7-12, 4.86 ERA) will get the ball for the Angels tomorrow. Root Sports Northwest will carry the game live locally, and subscribers can watch worldwide on connected devices.

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