The M's were narrowly defeated by the Los Angeles Angels in Game 1 of this 3-game set with LAA on Friday Night. RHP Nathan Karns made his seventh start of 2016. With the loss the Mariners are now at a record of 21-14, 1.5 games above the Texas Rangers in first place of the AL West. For Los Angeles, they stand at 14-21, 7.0 games back in the AL West.
Offensively the Mariners put up 10 hits on the night. 3B Kyle Seager continues to bring up his .237 AVG as he had himself a 2-hit night. Seager put up 2 doubles, and now finds himself with 9, 2-baggers on the season. Kyle Seager also leads the MLB for the month of May so far with 10 extra base hits; so he's definetly heating up. C Chris Iannetta (.233 AVG), coming off of a walk-off homer on Wednesday, homered again on Friday night for his fourth HR of the year, a solo HR in the seventh inning. Iannetta had 2 RBI on the night going 2-3 with 2 hits. DH Nelson Cruz (.270 AVG) also solo-homered on Friday night for his seventh of the year, in the fifth inning. SS Ketel Marte (.290 AVG) continues to shine at the plate. Marte connected for a base clearing triple to get himself 3 RBI on the night as the bases were loaded. Marte has 13 RBI so far this year.
On the mound, RHP Nathan Karns (3-1, 3.51 ERA) made his seventh start to the season. Karns went 6.1 innings giving up 3 runs on 6 hits (all earned), while striking out 5. LHP Vidal Nuño(1.69 ERA), RHP Nick Vincent (1.80 ERA), RHP Joel Peralta (3.52 ERA) and RHP closer Steve Cishek (1.86 ERA) tossed in relief. Cishek unfortunately suffered the loss (now 2-2) and the blown save (2 on the year). Cishek gave up 2 runs on 3 hits (all earned) in the ninth inning.
The Mariners and Angels are set to play Game 2 of this 3-game series on Saturday night, with a 6:10 PM PAC, 9:10 PM ET first pitch start time. RHP Hisashi Iwakuma will make his eighth start of the season with a record of 1-4, and an ERA of 4.19. Iwakuma and the M's will face LAA RHP Jhoulys Chacin (1-2, 5.40 ERA). Catch this one on ROOT Sports NW™ or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle™!
This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue.