This winter Anaheim shelled out the cash to draw in free agent outfielders Vladimir Guerrero and Jose Guillen. Yesterday the pair showed why.
Guerrero belted a two-run homer on a 2-2 pitch from Matt Thornton with two outs in the fifth inning to give Anaheim a 2-1 lead, then Guillen followed with a blast of his own on the next pitch as the duo led the Angels over the Mariners, 5-3, on Monday.
The homers erased what had been a fine two-inning performance by Thornton, who needed just one strike to end the inning and would have finished the day having not given up a run.
Seattle (1-3) scored its first run in the third on an RBI two-out single by LF Raul Ibanez that plated RF Ichiro Suzuki from second. Ichiro had earlier singled.
Ryan Franklin got the start for the Mariners and didn't allow a run in two innings. He struck out three.
Franklin did give up a 430-foot double off the bat of Troy Glaus, who lifted a towering shot to centerfield that hit midway up the blue monster.
Mike Myers, who has been working on an upright delivery to go with his submarine-style one, pitched a scoreless inning. J.J. Putz and Craig Anderson each gave up a run in 1 2/3 and 1 1/3 innings respectively.
Shigetoshi Hasegawa closed the door in the ninth, striking out two and forcing a third batter to pop up weakly.
The M's scored twice in the ninth, but the rally fell short when A.J. Zapp struck out with runners at first and second to end the game.
Pat Borders walks through a path of fans Monday at Peoria Sports Complex.
InsidethePark.com Player of the Game: OF Shin-soo Choo
A replacement for Raul Ibanez late in the game, Choo went 2-2 from the plate with two line drives. The first one went down left field line for a double, and the second one - a single past the second baseman - came in the ninth with the bases loaded.
InsidethePark.com Play of the Game:
With J.J. Putz on the mound in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs, Angels' outfielder Chone (pronounced Sean) Figgins lined a ball to centerfield. Randy Winn wasted no time in reacting, getting a good jump on the ball and making a head first diving catch to end the inning. A great play by Randy.
M's Starting Lineup:
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