May 16: Seattle 3, Anaheim 2 (11 innings)
Jamie Moyer and Jered Weaver traded zeros for seven and a half innings before Anaheim finally broke the stalemate with a Rod Carew double and a Tim Salmon homer. Weaver kept his slate perfectly clean for eight innings, and Anaheim manager Mike Scioscia turned to Troy Percival, one of the better relievers in the league, to close out the win in the ninth. The Mariners had other ideas, and Robinson Cano took a walk ahead of an Ichiro Suzuki homer to tie it up. It stayed that way until the top of the 11th when Cano blasted a go-ahead solo tater off Brendan Donnelly. Arthur Rhodes made the lead hold up with a quick bottom of the 11th, and Anaheim’s painful start to the year keeps rolling on.
R H BB SEA 000 000 002 01 - 3 6 5 ANA 000 000 020 00 - 2 5 4 HR: R. Cano (4), I. Suzuki (3), T. Salmon (6) starters IP R ER HR BB SO J. Moyer 7.2 2 2 1 3 6 J. Weaver 8.0 0 0 0 3 4 SEA 19-19, ANA 13-25
May 17: Anaheim 5, Seattle 4
Anaheim fans got a break from the misery the next day. It didn’t look good after their Angels blew a 3-0 lead and then a 4-3 lead. It was deadlocked at four as the Angels faced Jeff Nelson in the bottom of the ninth. Mike Napoli gave them something to cheer about with a walk-off smash.
Mike Trout, trying to catch up after a power outage for much of the season, homered for the fourth time in his last six games.
R H BB SEA 000 030 100 - 4 10 5 ANA 120 001 001 - 5 9 2 HR: M. Trout (4), W. Joyner (3), M. Napoli (1) starters IP R ER HR BB SO F. Garcia 6.1 4 4 2 2 4 K. Escobar 6.1 4 4 0 1 5 SEA 19-20, ANA 14-25
May 18: Seattle 3, Anaheim 1
Trout kept up the slugging with three doubles in this game, but his team could only scrounge up one run. Jim Edmonds followed one of Trout’s doubles with a double of his own to score their lone run. The Mariners kept the bases busy during the game, but managed to score just three. Ichiro scored their first run after singling, then drove in their last run with another single.
The Angels won their first four games of the season, but have spun out ever since and have probably already buried themselves too far back to have a shot at the division title. Offense has been their Achilles’s heel, and their 4.15 runs/game is worst in the league. They’re preventing runs better than most teams, but it’s not mattering much since they can’t score any runs. Scioscia might have to consider shaking up the lineup to see if any runs fall out.
On the other hand, Seattle continues their better than expected play and are hanging in at second in the division.
R H BB SEA 021 000 000 - 3 12 4 ANA 000 100 000 - 1 7 3 HR: none starters IP R ER HR BB SO E. Hanson 7.2 1 1 0 3 4 D. Chance 6.1 3 3 0 3 8 SEA 20-20, ANA 14-26