Two American League West rivals faced off yesterday, the Los Angeles Angels and the Seattle Mariners. On the mound for the Angels was Garrett Richards, who struck out seven over five innings in his last start. For the Mariners, Roenis Elias was on the mound, who pitched five innings in his last start as well.
The Angels picked apart the Mariners, tossing a combined one-hitter. The only hit for the Mariners was by Abraham Almonte, who singled to right off of Richards in the third. Albert Pujols hit his second home run of the season, crushing a two-run bomb, accounting for both of the Angels runs. This came in the top of the third. After one shutout inning of relief, Ernesto Frieri shut down Robinson Cano, Corey Hart, and Kyle Seager for the save, while only allowing a walk in between.
There was pretty much no offense for the Mariners. In addition to their lone hit, they did walk four times. Other than that, they were silent. They kept themsevles in the game behind a good five innings Elias, whom allowed the homer to Pujols. Their bullpen came up big, as four relievers combined for five shutdown innings. Their offense just could not back them up.
Angels 2, Mariners 0