The Seattle Mariners were looking to finish the season on a high note. They did that and then some on Wednesday as they demolished the Los Angeles Angels by the score of 12-0 at Safeco Field.
Seattle got started early and didn't stop as Casper Wells had a huge day, going 2-3 with five RBI and a home run, while Jesus Montero was 2-4 with three RBI. Carlos Triunfel would add two more with a two-RBI double in the seventh inning, while Kyle Seager was 2-5 with an RBI.
As for the Angels, Jered Weaver would depart after just one inning pitched on the night as Seattle beat up on L.A.'s after that. Seattle starter Blake Beavan lasted eight innings on the night, allowing seven hits on 99 pitches thrown.
Mike Trout added a little extra to his Rookie of the Year/MVP resume, going 2-3 with a double.
The Seattle Mariners have a chance to capture their final series of 2012 in front of the Safeco Field faithful on Wednesday. The Mariners evened up their three-game series against the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday night with a 6-1 win.
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. The homer was the 20th of the year for Seager.
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.
Hisashi Iwakuma was great in his final start of the year, improving to 9-5 after allowing no runs on six hits and one walk in six innings of work, striking out seven along the way.
The Seattle Mariners didn't get a chance to play spoiler after all as they opened their final series of the year against the Los Angeles Angels on Monday night. Felix Hernandez was torched for seven runs as the Angels rolled to an 8-4 victory at Safeco Field. Although the Angels were eliminated from playoff contention thanks to an Oakland Athletics win over the Texas Rangers during the game, the Mariners are hoping they can still salvage a series win to close out the 2012 season.
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.
Hernandez lasted just 5.1 innings, giving up seven runs on 12 hits and three walks, striking out seven but taking the loss in his final start of the year.
After falling to the Texas Rangers in the back end of a double header on Sunday, 8-7, the Halos find themselves in need of a string of wins -- and some help from the Oakland Athletics -- in order to play deep into October. They are three games back of the second and final American League Wild Card spot.
Wilson will have to duel Mariners' ace Felix Hernandez, who has been steady all season long.
Here are the full lineups for Monday night's contest.