A pair of home runs was all the Angels could string together, which couldn't hold in the 10th, when M's slugger, Nelson Cruz, hit a two-run home run to open up the Seattle lead to 5-2. The Halos' offense went down 1-2-3 in the bottom of the 10th inning, as well as the previous four innings prior.
Nick Tropeano throws 49 pitches in first two innings, allowing two runs
Tropeano struggled to get out of the first inning, but did limit damage to just two runs on two hits and two walks. After a leadoff double by Nori Aoki, Tropeano allowed two walks, a single, two sacrifice flies, and ended the inning with a strikeout of Chris Iannetta.
"First couple of innings his pitch count was really getting away from him - he wasn't pitch efficient," said Scioscia. "There were some walks in there and he was having trouble getting his feet on the ground. Second time around the order, start of the third inning, he really looked strong through the fifth. A lot of pitches early in the game, he battled and definitely gave us a chance to win after the first inning."
It took 26 pitches for Tropeano to get out of the first frame, and another 20 to finish the second. As the Mariners order came through a second time, Tropeano became more aggressive and a little less fine in his approach.
"It was me just not being aggressive enough," Tropeano said. "I was just trying to be too fine with my pitches and it led to some walks and led to my pitch count getting up there. It turned out to bite me, giving up those two runs in the first, kinda turned into a battle day for me. I thought I battled out there, executed some pitches and obviously I wanna go longer in the game but today wasn't cut out for it."
Angels went just 6-for-34, with one walk on offense
The two runs that came across the plate for the Angels were from solo home runs, off the bats of Kole Calhoun and C.J. Cron. They only reached scoring position once, and were retired in their final 16 plate appearances.
"Our offense is better than this," said Scioscia. "We have the utmost confidence we can get things rolling and pressure other teams. We just haven't gotten there yet and we will."
The offense is struggling as a whole, but none more than slugger and former MVP, Albert Pujols. Pujols is now hitless in his last 21 plate appearances. Friday night, Pujols went 0-for-4, grounding into two double plays.
"Nobody takes it's harder or works harder at this than Albert. He's professional as anyone can get. He takes his performance very seriously and right now the last 30 at bats there haven't been many hits falling in, just missed a ball tonight though, but he'll be there."
Mariners score three runs in the 10th inning, giving them a 5-2 cushion for their bullpen in the bottom of the 10th
Ketel Marte lead off the inning with a single, was moved over on a sacrifice bunt and brought home on an RBI single from Franklin Gutierrez. The next batter singled, and Nelson Cruz got the better half of an eight-pitch battle, homering to left field. The entire 10th inning was pitched by southpaw, Jose Alvarez.
"Jose showed last year what he can do, and we know that pitcher is still in him. The ball was up a little tonight, he didn't have a feel for his changeup. Gutierrez and Cruz hit two of them hard, but we need him. This guy was terrific for us last year."
BY THE NUMBERS:
Albert Pujols grounded into his 315th and 316th double play of his career, passing Eddie Murray and Jim Rice for sixth all-time
- Rafael Ortega became the first outfielder for the Angels to have two outfield assists in a game, since Bobby Abreu, September 12, 2009
- Nick Tropeano has a 1.64 ERA in his last seven outings in the Major Leagues
- Bullpen is now 4-0 with four saves and an 0.84 ERA in 10 road games this season
- Nelson Cruz is ranked third among active players in extra-inning home runs (10), behind Albert Pujols and David Ortiz
- With a minimum of 50 innings pitched, Hisashi Iwakuma leads the Majors in ERA against the Angels at 2.68
PLAYER OF THE GAME:
Nelson Cruz, 1-for-4, R, HR, 3 RBI, SF
QUICK BOX SCORE:
Mariners, 5 (8-8); Angels, 2 (7-10)
W - Joel Peralta (1-0, 2.25)
L - Jose Alvarez (0-1, 7.36)
S - Steve Cishek (4, 1.00)
Time of Game : 3:23
First Pitch/Temp : 7:07pm PST / 67 degrees
Attendance : 40,755
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