Angels Take Rubber Game Over Seattle
August 7th, Seattle – The California Angels took the rubber match on this three game series against the hometown Seattle Mariners.
The Angels got on the board early. Vladimir Guerrero, the second hitter of the game, sent a pitch into the bullpen beyond the left field wall. Troy Glaus followed with a Z-63-83 difficult fly to right field that was brought in by the sure-gloved Ichiro Suzuki.
The Mariners answered the Angels run in their half of the inning when, with two outs, Edgar Martinez reached first on a single to right. He advanced to third on Alex Rodriguez’ single to left and scored when Ken Griffey, Jr. singled to right.
That was all the Mariners could muster, however, while the Angels hitters when on a tear. The Halos scored three in the top of the second when their first six batters reached safely on five singles and a fielder’s choice. They scored three more in the fourth inning. Juan Beniquez led off the inning with a double to left field, knocking Mariners’ starter Mark Langston out of the game. Howie Kendrick followed with a single to center, advancing Beniquez ninety feet. Mike Trout then took a Kaz Sasaki stray pitch off the top of his left foot. After being checked by the Angels trainer, he took his base. With two outs and the bases full, Troy Glaus hit a BD-21 double to left, scoring all three baserunners and spelling the end of Sasaki’s bad night.
Tom Wilhelmsen replaced Sasaki, and drew good stuff. He closed out the fourth inning without further damage, and shut down the hit-hitting Angels through the fifth and sixth innings. The Angels hitters figured Wilhelmsen out in the seventh, however. Torii Hunter walked with one out in the seventh. He reached second when Beniquez singled to right, his third hit in the game. Kendrick hit a shot to Martinez at third. It looked like Martinez was going to manage a double play to get out of the inning, however in a rush to get the ball to first, he bobbled the ball and allowed Kendrick to reach safely on the costly error. Arthur Rhodes came in to try to stop the bleeding, however he drew terrible stuff. Jim Fregosi singled in Hunter before Rhodes was able to manage getting the final two outs of the inning.
Brendon Donnelly came in to pitch the eighth inning for the Angels, however he, too had terrible stuff. Kelvim Escobar came in to pitch the ninth for California. Bret Boone led off the bottom of the ninth with a single to left. the never-say-die Mariners, down 8-1, brought in Rich Amaral to pinch run. It was clear that Amaral had no intention of staying on first, and Escobar was drawn into a balk, advancing Amaral before retiring the final three Mariners’ hitters of the game.
Angels 130 300 100 – 8 14 0
Mariners 100 000 000 – 1 9 1
W – Weaver, 7-10
L – Langston, 1-7
Sv – none
MVP – Kendrick+5, Glaus+3, Escobar+1
GG – Suzuki+1, S. Bradley-1, Martinez-1
RR – none
E – Martinez
PB – S.Bradley
BK – Escobar
HBP – Trout (Sasaki)
2B – Beniquez (4), Glaus (10)
3B – none
HR – Guerrero (14)
SB – none
CS – none
Weaver, 7 IP, 8 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 4 SO (2-8 Normal)
Donnelly, 1 IP, 1 SO (2-7 Terrible)
Escobar, 1 IP, 1 H, 1 SO (2-9 Good)
Langston, 3 IP, 8 H, 5 R, 5 ER, 5 SO, 1 HR (2-7 Normal)
Sasaki, 0.2 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER (2-7 Bad)
Wilhelmsen, 2.2 IP, 2 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 3 BB, 4 SO (2-9 Good)
Rhodes, 0.2 IP, 1 H, 1 SO (2-6 Terrible)
Schooler, 2 IP, 1 H, 4 SO (2-9 Good)