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Mariners can't hold lead, fall in game two to Halos

Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

8/16 at LAA by TOM HAYDEN

ANGEL STADIUM, LOS ANGELES, CA. ---- 

The Mariners were narrowly defeated on Tuesday night by the last place team of the American League Western division, the 50-69 Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in game 2 of this 4-game series. Coming into the game having won 9 of their last 10 games, the M's looked to jump to 10 games above .500 for the second time this year. Unfortunately, the bull pen wasn't able to get things done on Tuesday night, ultimately leading to the loss. LHP Ariel Miranda, who made the 4th start of his career on Tuesday night, tossed a decent outing. Offensively, everyone in the starting lineup besides 1B Adam Lind notched a hit for Seattle, so they didn't struggle there at all, other than combining to leave 8 runners on base over the course of the game. With this loss, I am not alarmed whatsoever, mainly because the Mariners are really in this wild card hunt. One loss can just be made up the next night, at this point of the season  based on where our M's stand. In the American League Western division standings, our 63-55 Seattle Mariners are now 6.5 games in back of the first place 71-50 Texas Rangers. In the American League Wild Card race, Seattle is only 3.0 games behind the 66-52 Boston Red Sox for that second Wild Card spot. 

Offensively on Tuesday night at Angel Stadium, the M's combined to put up a decent 6 runs on 10 hits off of LAA RHP Jhoulys Chacin, RHP Jose Valdez, RHP JC Ramirez, LHP Brett Oberholtzer, and RHP Fernando Salas. DH Seth Smith (.260 AVG) had himself a decent night going 1-for-4 at the plate with a 2 RBI single in the top of the second inning. Smith's RBIs now give him a total of 46 on the year in 101 games played! 3B Kyle Seager (.284 AVG) went 1-for-4 at the dish with a pair of RBI himself as he notched a single to left field in the top of the fifth inning, scoring Robinson Canó and Nelson Cruz. With the 2 RBI night, Kyle now has 79 RBI on the season, which leads the ball club! At that point of the game (the fifth inning), the Mariners had a solid 4-1 lead over the Halos. SS Ketel Marte (.260 AVG) put Seattle on the board to start the game with a bunt single in the top of the second inning, scoring Mike Zunino. Marte went 1-for-3 on the night at the dish, and now has a total 20 RBI on the season for the Mariners. Also contributing offensively on Tuesday night was 2B Robinson Canó (.291 AVG) who went 1-for-4 on the night with a base hit, and 2 runs scored. RF Nelson Cruz (.287 AVG), C Mike Zunino (.266 AVG), and CF Leonys Martin (.240 AVG) each also had a base hit each. Zunino's hit was for his 4th double of the season, this one off of LAA RHP Jhoulys Chacin. LF Nori Aoki didn't drive in nor score any runs fro Seattle on Tuesday night in his leadoff spot, but he did go 3-for-4 at the dish with 3 hits as he continues to bring up a .259 batting average. 

On the mound on Tuesday night, LHP Ariel Miranda took the ball for his fourth career major league start. Miranda went 5.0 decent innings, doing a job. Ariel gave up 3 runs on just 3 hits (all runs earned) while striking out 2 Angels and walking 4 on the night. Miranda's outing was a no decision, so he maintains a W-L record of 1-0 on the season, and continues to bring down his ERA which is now at a very much capable to work with 5.79. Relief pitching on Tuesday night struggled for the first time in what has felt like months. Coming into the game, the Mariners' bullpen has had a combined 1.25 ERA with an opponent batting average of under .200 in the month of August so far. RHP Nick Vincent (3.51 ERA) suffered his 6th blown save of the season in 1.0 innings of work, giving up 2 runs on 2 solo homers (all runs earned) while walking none and striking out 2. LHP Vidal Nuño (2.80 ERA)  tossed a blank frame other than 1 strikeout in the bottom of the seventh inning, earning himself his 9th hold of the season. It was in the bottom of the eighth inning as RHP Arquimedes Caminero (3.38 ERA) suffered just his 2nd blown save of the season, and hopefully his last, from 1.0 innings of work giving up 2 runs off of 3 hits (all runs earned), one of which being a home run. Caminero struck out 1 Angel, but he did suffer the loss in this one, for his third of the year. Caminero now has a W-L record of 2-3 in 45 appearances this year (not all with Seattle). 

WHAT'S NEXT? :

Game 3. The Mariners will look to turn things around from last night and get back to being the hottest team in the American League, as they are right now, in seeking a win over these Los Angeles Angels. Trying to do that for the Mariners on the mound will be RHP Cody Martin, a Gonzaga University Alum, who will be making his first major league start on Wednesday night for the M's. Martin (1-2, 2.70 ERA) was called up to replace LHP James Paxton who was placed on the 15-day DL on Tuesday with a contusion on his left elbow. Martin and the M's will take on LAA LHP Tyler Skaggs (1-1, 4.37 ERA). Be sure to catch all of the action on ROOT Sports NW for watching or listen in on 710 ESPN Seattle radio as our M's look to jump to 9 games above .500! First pitch start time- 7:05 PM PAC, 10:05 PM ET!

This is Tom Hayden signing off saying Go Mariners! Stay #TrueToTheBlue as our M's #KeepFighting. 

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