The mood around the Seattle Mariners(55-32) locker room after the teams 7-4 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Angels (44-43) was a collective you can’t win them all but you sure can try. The Angels snapped the Mariners season-high eight game winning streak Wednesday afternoon in front of 39,518 fans who came to Safeco Field to root on the Mariners and celebrate Independence Day at the ball park.
Angels pitcher Garrett Richards fresh off the disabled pitched a solid game allowing four hits, three runs two of which were earned, eight strikeouts in 5.1 innings. While he allowed back to back home runs to Kyle Seager and Ryan Healey in the second inning the performance against the Mariners was somewhat of a revenge factor for Garrett. It was against the Mariners on June 13th that Garrett was placed on the DL.
” I thought Garrett showed good stuff, I think that the back to back home to runs in the 2nd he just kind of exhaled and made some after that, ” said Angeles manager Mike Scioscia. ” He hadn’t been out there in a while. Getting into the 6th inning is important for us but more importantly, just giving us a chance to win there. It was a good outing.”
The second inning home runs by Seager and Healy marked the first time this season the Mariners have hit back to back home runs. The Mariners were victorious in game one of the three-game series between the two AL West rivals. With each team having one game, Thursday’s rubber match will determine the series winner.