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The Seattle Mariners are not good—that is not hyperbole, that is the truth. However, one thought they might put up a better struggle against the Long Beach Angels of Riverside. This of course would be a mistake as the Mariners confirm their nearly 2 decades of irrelevance in weekend series that saw the M’s lose by an aggregate of 28-5. The M’s were swept of course under the rug, in the basement, in the home for wayward franchises like the Cleveland Spiders or errr…. the 1980s Mariners.
— MLB Network (@MLBNetwork) July 8, 2019
Jul 12 @ LA Angels L 13 – 0
One could hardly get too upset about getting their brains kicked in as there was a touching tribute to the recently departed Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs. All the Angels players wore Skaggs #45 this day and played to unbelievable levels in clobbering the M’s and earning a combined no-hitter on the evening.
“I feel like this is partly Skaggsy’s no-hitter,” manager Brad Ausmus said. “I don’t think it’s something that even crosses your mind, on a night that you’re honoring a fallen teammate that you could score 13 runs or throw a no-hitter.”
Tyler’s mother threw out the 1st pitch and the stadium held a 45 seconds of silence along with a tribute video to begin the game, then proceeded to destroy the Mariners. Mike Leake failed to get out of the 1st as he allowed 8 hits and 4 earned runs.
As much as we can complain about the pitching the bats were miserable as the combined Mariner offense went 0-27 with 8 strikeouts. A lone Omar Narvaez walk saved the perfect game from going into effect. Where the pitching and offense failed, so did the defense as 3 errors piled on this utter debacle that best be left forgotten in the annals of Mariner history.
Tyler Skaggs was with the Angels tonight as they defeat the Mariners 13-0 while throwing a combined no-hitter!
— Juiced MLB (@JuicedMLB) July 13, 2019
Jul 13 @ LA Angels L 9 – 2
The good news, the Mariners did not have a no-hitter thrown against them. The bad news, all phases of the game looked pathetic again. Starter Wade LeBlanc went a measly 4 innings allowing 6 runs and 10 hits. The bullpen had a couple of good innings until David McKay allowed a 3 run dinger to Albert Pujols that sealed the game for the Angels.
Mariner hitters went 6-30 scoring just 2 runs. They struck out 9 times and could not come thru in the clutch. The offense saw them go 1-5 with runners in scoring position and they left 6 runners on base.
Jul 14 @ LA Angels L 6 – 3
Mike Trout left the game with calf tightness and that had many true to the blue fans happy as he had gone 6-13 with 5 runs scored, 4 homers, and 12 RBI. In fact the Mariners on the strength of a Austin Nola homer and Tom Murphy RBI were ahead 2-0.
Yusei Kikichi couldn’t keep the M’s in the game however as he could only go 4 inning giving up 3 runs. That is the only room the Angels needed as they light up Anthony Bass for 2 more runs on the road to victory. The M’s bats were finally alive as they were able to touch Jose Suarez for 3 runs on 7 hits; however the Angels bullpen would shut down the M’s for 4 2/3rd innings. The Angels as a whole would strike out the Mariners 15 times as the True to the Blue failed to “Control the Zone.”
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We combined to strike out the Mariners 15 times today, though. pic.twitter.com/S7Xs7p0AGd
— Los Angeles Angels (@Angels) July 15, 2019