Josh Hamilton grounded into three double plays and struck out the other two times he came to the plate. Mike Trout did everything he could to will his team's offense into something resembling legitimacy. Instead, he was anchored at first, with Scioscia failing to employ his favorite (until this year) offensive tactic of activating his speedy base runners.
The good news is, Albert Pujols is really starting to hit the ball with authority. A night after after 4 hits and one long, long foul ball, Big Albert tied the ballgame up in the eighth inning, slicing a majestic fly ball cutting through the Marine Layer and depositing the baseball into the Angels bullpen and supporting starter Joe Blanton.
By the way:
Joe Blanton was phenomenally good. Seriously, who was this guy? He struck out 11 Mariners over 6 2/3 innings, and did his very best to win the ballgame. Of course, it wouldn't be 2013 Angels baseball if the offense didn't immediately fall into a coma as soon as the starting pitcher finally dominates. But, such is life.
-- Kendrys Morales lined a shot just off Erick Aybar's glove to give the Mariners the lead in the 10th. What a terrible trade, by Jerry Dipoto! No? Not a funny joke? Okay.
-- Chris Iannetta, coming in as a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning, walked twice. Again. He now has 40 walks on the season, and 35 hits.
Halos A-Hole of the Game
Arte's prized signing of the Winter World Series, 2012, is your worst player today.
Yes, Josh is having all-around trouble with everything thrown to him this season. I'm not disputing that and frustration about his performance is certainly justified. But maybe there are others who are not helping in the late innings. Off the top of my head, it seems to me Trouty has not been red hot in his final at bat in the past few weeks, as he wasn't batting right in front of Hamilton in the 10th last night. But that's anecdotal, let's see what Baseball Reference says about Trout in 2013. Oh, hmm, .263 in RISP situations, .250 "Late & Close", .238 in the ninth and .125 in extras. Ouch! I guess he hasn't been much help in crunch time, either. I guess that's baseball for you.