Angels 1, Mariners 0 (10): Three Up, Three Down

August, 5, 2011
8/05/11
10:16
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ANAHEIM -- The Angels' lone run came too late to get ace Jered Weaver a win, but it let them keep pace with the first-place Texas Rangers.

Vernon Wells singled home Torii Hunter in the 10th inning to give the Angels a 1-0 win over the Seattle Mariners Friday night in a game Weaver had pitched nine scoreless innings. The Angels trail Texas by one game in the AL West.

The Good:

Parting shot. Weaver did everything he could. In what figures to be his last start before he accepts a six-game suspension from throwing at a Detroit batter, he was as dominant as ever. He pitched nine scoreless innings, but the Angels couldn't scrounge up a run for him. Weaver's ERA is getting kind of ridiculous, just 1.78. Weirdly, Weaver struck out eight batters through four innings and none in the last five. It was Weaver's 15th straight quality start, setting a new club record.

Long Beach State. Weaver and Jason Vargas were Dirtbags teammates in 2004 and Friday night they combined for 15 scoreless innings about 20 miles east of campus. The results were similar to their college days, but the pay is a little better.

5-through-7. The real meat of the Angels order nowadays begins with the No. 5 spot currently held down by Howie Kendrick. The veterans who hit in front of those guys aren't getting it done much, but Kendrick, Mark Trumbo and Alberto Callaspo are. Those guys had six of the Angels' first eight hits and created the only appreciable action most of the game.

The Bad:

Missing chances. Jeff Mathis is a very good catcher, maybe even a key to the Angels great pitching. He's a nice guy. It's probably fair to say, after 1,150 major-league at-bats, he's not a good hitter. He looked feeble while stranding five runners. You wonder if the only reason Mike Scioscia didn't pinch-hit for him in the sixth inning is because first base was open. Had the Mariners faced a threat, they might have just walked him.

Lost again. Before coming up with that big hit, Wells had stumbled into a rut similar to the one that started his Angels career. Since July 1, Wells is 23-for-113 (.211), part of a problem this team is having connecting the top of the order with the bottom. The middle often interrupts the flow of energy.

Still down. Continuing with that theme, Bobby Abreu just isn't making hard contact any more. He went 0-for-3 with a walk and is batting .156 in the same span Wells is batting .211. If Scioscia isn't contemplating making some moves with the middle of his lineup, you wonder what it would take.

Mark Saxon

ESPNLosAngeles.com
Mark Saxon is a staff writer for ESPNLosAngeles.com. He spent six years at the Orange County Register, and began his career at the Oakland Tribune, where he started an 11-year journey covering Major League Baseball. He has also covered colleges, including USC football and UCLA basketball.

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TEAM LEADERS

WINS LEADER
Jered Weaver
WINS ERA SO IP
14 3.72 134 174
OTHER LEADERS
BAM. Trout .289
HRM. Trout 29
RBIM. Trout 92
RM. Trout 89
OPSM. Trout .932
ERAG. Richards 2.61
SOG. Richards 164