Sunday, May 9, 2010

MARINERS: LA Angels hand the M's 7th consecutive loss in extras, 4-3

By Kyle Fosnes
The Mariners’ scoreless inning streak has come to an end; unfortunately the same cannot be said for the losing streak. The Mariners lost 4-3 to the LA Angels Saturday night in ten innings, stretching the current losing streak to eight games.

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The Mariners broke out of an offensive slump after 22.2 scoreless innings with small-ball and timely hitting Saturday evening. The M’s showed their struggling bats mounting seven hits and three runs, but came up short in extra innings.

Seattle fell behind early 3-0, but found ways to get men on base and move runners around, something we have not seen a lot of this season. The Mariners managed to even the score in the sixth with timely hitting and a key stolen base by Franklin Gutierrez. This stolen base by Guti, his third on the season, allowed Franklin to score on a Mike Sweeney double to even the score at three.

However, the Mariners could not manage more offense through the late innings, wasting opportunities in both the eighth and ninth inning. This eventually led to David Aardsma giving up a run in the tenth, earning the loss and moving his record to 0-2.

The Mariners are now 11-19 and the team is currently five and a half games out of first in the AL West.

Probable pitchers for Sunday’s game include Ervin Santana (1-2, 4.02) for the Angels and Justin Vargas (2-2, 3.69) for the hometown Mariners. Game time is set for 1:10. Let’s see if the Mariners can improve upon Saturday’s offense and earn a much needed victory over the AL West rival Angels.

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