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Angels vs. Mariners: Angels shut out in final game of 2012

The Angels suffered an embarrassing 12-0 loss at the hands of the Seattle Mariners in their final game of the 2012 season.

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Angels go scoreless in Seattle, lose 12-0

The Los Angeles Angels experienced an unceremonious ending to a disappointing season as they fell to the Seattle Mariners, 12-0, on Wednesday at Safeco Field.

It didn't take long for the Mariners to open up the scoring, as they put up two runs in the bottom of the first behind a Kyle Seager double and a subsequent fielder's choice that scored him. But it was in the bottom of the seventh that the Mariners broke the game open. Casper Wells homered to left to cap a six-run inning and put the game away for good.

Despite the lopsided loss, rookie center fielder Mike Trout was one of the lone bright spots for the Angels, going 2-for-3 with a double. First baseman Kendrys Morales was also 2-for-3 with a double as he and Trout accounted for over half the team's seven hits.

Wells went 2-for-3 with 5 RBI and a walk, and added two runs scored.

Halos ace Jered Weaver pitched just one inning and did not return to the contest after giving up two earned runs, walking two and striking out one. He finishes the season with a 20-5 record and will be in consideration for the American League Cy Young award. According to beat writer Mike DiGiovanna of the Los Angeles Times via Twitter, Weaver left the game citing general fatigue.

Seattle starter Blake Beavan pitched eight innings, gave up seven hits, and no runs. He finished the season 11-11.


Dodgers, Angels eliminated, seeding TBD on Tuesday

With a loss to the San Francisco Giants on Monday, the Los Angeles Dodgers were eliminated from contention for the final Wild Card spot in the National League. The St. Louis Cardinals gave L.A. an opportunity by falling to the Cincinnati Reds, but the Dodgers could not take advantage and will spend the rest of October at home.

The Giants head into the playoffs as the NL West champions. They will begin the division series on Saturday.

The Angels are four games behind the Oakland A's, Texas Rangers, and Baltimore Orioles for the last playoff spot, and will also stay home for the playoffs. The A's and Rangers are tied atop the AL West standings, and will face off for the division title on Wednesday afternoon.

The A's and Rangers can still tie the Yankees or Orioles for the best record in the American League and earn home-field advantage in the playoffs. Oakland, Texas, and Baltimore all have 93-68 records, with the Yankees at 94-67.

For the complete standings, head to S.I.'s MLB Standings page.


Halos look sluggish in penultimate game

One day after being eliminated from playoff contention, the Los Angeles Angels looked punchless against the Seattle Mariners. The Halos dropped the second game of their final series by a final score of 6-1 on Tuesday night and will try to end the season on a winning note in the rubber match on Wednesday.

The Mariners were in control for pretty much the entire game. Seattle took an early lead with a two-out solo home run from Kyle Seager in the bottom of the first inning. Michael Saunders added a two-run double in the fourth to make it 3-0 Seattle. In the fifth, John Jaso hit an RBI single and Saunders hit another RBI double to stretch the lead out to 5-0 for the home team. Jesus Montero contributed the final Mariners run in the bottom of the eighth with an RBI single that scored Jaso.

The Angels did not get on the board until the top of the ninth, when Howie Kendrick drove home Andrew Romine on a single with two outs.

Dan Haren took the loss and will finish the season with a 12-13 record. He allowed five runs (three earned) in six innings of work on seven hits and no walks.


Solid win is consolation prize; Halos eliminated

The Los Angeles Angels roared out of the gate in their opener against the Seattle Mariners on Monday night. Despite the decisive 8-4 win, the Halos were eliminated from playoff contention during the game, as the Oakland Athletics defeated the Texas Rangers to clinch the final American League postseason berth. The downcast looks were evident as the Angels players went through the handshake line at the end of the game. Super-rookie Mike Trout appeared to fight back tears in a postgame interview with Jose Mota.

While the Angels season came to a disappointing end, there were a lot of positives to take away from the night. It was an evening where the Halos were able to best Felix Hernandez and the offense fired on all cylinders.

The Angels jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning on an Albert Pujols RBI double and RBI singles from Mark Trumbo and Howie Kendrick. Casper Wells got one of those runs back for the Mariners in the bottom of the first on a Casper Wells home run.

In the top of the fourth, Mike Trout hit an RBI single to make it 4-1 Angels. Los Angeles broke the game wide open in the sixth, as Trout drove in two runs with a triple and came in to score on a single from Torii Hunter, making it 7-1. The Mariners were able to score three runs of their own in the bottom of the seventh on a Justin Smoak double, a fielding error by Kendrick and an RBI single from Trayvon Robinson that made it 7-4.

The Angels added one final run on an RBI double by Kendrick in the top of the ninth. Trout and Kendrick had four hits each in the game.

C.J. Wilson picked up his 13th win after going 6.1 innings and giving up two earned runs on six hits and five walks, while striking out seven.


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