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Angels fail to pick up ground in AL West race

They don't support Chatwood once again in 5-1 loss to Mariners and remain one game behind Texas in West.

August 06, 2011|By Baxter Holmes
  • Seattle's Jack Wilson can't make the tag on Bobby Wilson during the Angels' 5-1 loss to the Mariners on Saturday night in Anaheim.
Seattle's Jack Wilson can't make the tag on Bobby Wilson during… (Matt A. Brown / Associated…)

Hip-hop mogul Ludacris performed Saturday night at Angel Stadium after an Angels loss that some of their fans might also call ludicrous.

Seattle won, 5-1, which is a result the Mariners have accomplished just three times in their previous 20 trips here.

And beyond losing to the awful Mariners, who were 1-14 away from home since July 6 and have suffered through a club-record 17-game losing streak this season, there's the loss of a "gimme" win that could have helped the Angels catch Texas in the standings.

The American League West-leading Rangers lost to Cleveland on Saturday, blowing a lead in the ninth inning.

With a win, the Angels could have tied them.

But instead, with the loss before 42,017, the Angels remain one game back, where they have been for five games now.

The Angels, who had their five-game winning streak against Seattle snapped, didn't give starter Tyler Chatwood any run support, as usual when he takes the mound at home.

The 21-year-old right-hander hasn't received a single run in five of his last six home starts -- all losses.

He left in the seventh inning after Seattle rookie outfielder Trayvon Robinson blasted a fastball to left-center for his first major league home run.

The solo shot by Robinson, a Los Angeles Crenshaw High product and former Dodgers prospect who was playing in his second major league game, gave Seattle a 5-0 lead and earned Chatwood the hook.

Chatwood (6-8, 4.10 earned-run average) gave up five earned runs and seven hits in 61/3 innings.

He struck out six and walked one.

The Angels avoided a shutout when catcher Bobby Wilson doubled to score Mark Trumbo from second in the seventh, but that's all they managed, batting two for 10 with runners in scoring position.

The Mariners made several great defensive plays to rob the Angels of runs, such as a highlight-reel worthy 4-6-3 double play in the third inning that stranded two runners.

That play protected Seattle's 4-0 lead, built with pairs of runs in the first and third innings.

A double by Adam Kennedy to left scored Ichiro Suzuki and Dustin Ackley to give Seattle a lead not long after the first pitch.

In the third, a double by Mike Carp scored Jack Wilson, and Miguel Olivo singled to score Carp.

Those runs spoiled any good vibes Angels fans might have had before the game upon hearing that ace Jered Weaver had dropped his appeal of a six-game suspension, thus shortening his potential absence from two games to one.

But those runs also gave 22-year-old Seattle rookie Blake Beavan, an imposing right-hander at 6 feet 7, 240 pounds, breathing room in his sixth major league start.

Beavan (3-2, 2.83 ERA) threw eight innings, giving up eight hits, but the Angels managed just one run against him.

Sunday's game should be low-scoring, with Seattle handing the ball to ace Felix Hernandez (10-9, 3.36 ERA and the Angels starting Ervin Santana (7-8, 3.32), who has won three consecutive games, including his no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians on July 27.

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