SEATTLE - JUNE 15: Bobby Abreu #53 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim heads back to the dugout after striking out with runners on base to end the eighth inning against the Seattle Mariners at Safeco Field on June 15, 2011 in Seattle, Washington. (Photo by Otto Greule Jr/Getty Images)

Fluke Hit Ends Angels Chances At Sweep, Lose To Mariners 3-1

A 2-out, bases loaded dribbler that caromed off of second base allowed two runs to score breaking a scoreless tie and ending the Angels 2-game win streak.

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Fluke Hit Ends Angels Hope For Sweep

Carlos Pequero hit a 2-out, bases loaded ground ball in the seventh inning that caromed off of second base and into center field to score Chone Figgins and Justin Smoak breaking a scoreless tie.
Ervin Santana (3-7) took the heart-breaking loss after keeping the Mariners scoreless for 6.2 innings. It was the fluky ground ball in the 7th that ended his chances of getting the win after allowing eight hits and three walks while striking out seven.
Sometimes the ball bounces into center field and you get the loss, sometimes the bounce gets you a deserved victory. Eric Bedard (4-4) had the bounce go his way after he went 7 innings without allowing a run on 3 hits. Bedard struck out five and didn’t give up any walks as the Mariners have now won in Bedard’s last six starts, although he is just 3-0 in those starts.
The Angels are off Thursday as they head to New York to face the Mets over the weekend.


Angels Release Scott Kazmir

From the LA Times:

The Angels, as expected, released struggling left-hander Scott Kazmir, who couldn’t regain his form in the minor leagues, and they will eat the remainder of his $14.5-million contract for this season.

Kazmir, traded to the Angels from Tampa Bay in August 2009, made no progress at triple-A Salt Lake City, where he had a 17.02 earned-run average in five starts, giving up 29 earned runs, 22 hits and 20 walks and striking out 14 in 15 1/3 innings.


Angels vs Mariners: LINEUPS


1. Erick Aybar (S) SS
2. Torii Hunter (R) RF
3. Bobby Abreu (L) DH
4. Vernon Wells (R) LF
5. Howard Kendrick (R) 2B
6. Mark Trumbo (R) 1B
7. Peter Bourjos (R) CF
8. Bobby Wilson (R) C
9. Andrew Romine (S) 3B

1. Ichiro Suzuki (L) RF
2. Brendan Ryan (R) SS
3. Justin Smoak (S) 1B
4. Carlos Peguero (L) DH
5. Miguel Olivo (R) C
6. Mike Carp (L) LF
7. Franklin Gutierrez (R) CF
8. Chone Figgins (S) 3B
9. Jack Wilson (R) 2B


Angels Attempt 3-Game Sweep In Seattle Wednesday Night

The Angels look to complete their first 3-game series sweep since the second week of the season Wednesday night in Seattle when Ervin Santana (3-6, 4.37 ERA) takes the mound.

Santana hopes to continue what his rotation-mates Dan Haren and Jered Weaver did during the first two games of their 12-game road trip.  Both Haren and Weaver were able to get wins once they received some run-support from the Halo offense - Haren won Monday night 6-3 and Weaver pitched a complete-game shutout Tuesday night 4-0.  To get the win, Santana must limit the number of home runs he's allowed his last 3 games.  In that period, the right-hander has allowed 2 home runs in each start resulting in two loses and a 5.85 ERA.  Santana has allowed two home runs in 6 of his last 8 starts.

The Mariners turn to Eric Bedard (3-4, 3.47 ERA) to get them back on track.  Although he only has 3 wins to show for his effort, the Mariners have a 7-1 record in Bedard's previous 8 starts.  The left-hander has compile a 1.93 ERA in that span, while striking out 48 in 51.1 innings.

Who's Hot - Last 7 Games:
Bobby Abreu - 7 for his last 20 (.350), 5 RBI
Howie Kendrick - 8 for his last 23 (.348), 3 2B
Vernon Wells - 6 for his last 22 (.273), 2 HR

Ichiro Suzuki - 8 for his last 25 (.320), 1 2B, 1 3B, 2 SB
Justin Smoak- 7 for his last 26 (.269), 1 2B, 2 HR

Who's Cold - Last 7 Games:
Mark Trumbo - 2 for his last 17 (.118)
Torii Hunter - 4 for his last 24 (.167)
Erick Aybar - 4 for his last 20 (.200)

Franklin Gutierrez - 4 for his last 19 (.211)
Miguel Olivo - 4 for his last 24 (.167), 3 HR, 6 RBI
Greg Halman -2 for his last 14 (.143)

Game time is 7:10 (PDT) and will be show in Fox Sports West.  For more Angels' news, be sure to check out Halos Heaven.

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