The Mariners lost a heartbreaker tonight 4-3 to the dreaded Los Angeles Angels in what may very well be the beginning of the end of our hopes to stay in the AL West race.Tonight”s loss coupled with the Texas Rangers win puts our boys 5 1/2 games back in the standings with two games left to play with the red-hot Angels. This was a must win game in a series that we need to split if we have any chances of making a run after the All-Star break.
The Mariners were haunted by the home run tonight allowing solo shots to Erik Aybar,, and the killer a walk-off by in the ninth off . allowed a couple of these shots but otherwise pitched well tonight before handing the ball off to Jamie Wright who surrendered the bomb to Conger in the 7th.
As usual the Mariners had chances to put some distance between themselves and the Angels tonight but unlike the LA boys we just don”t seem to have anyone who can connect for a long ball when we need a game like this. It is too bad to once again waste good pitching efforts by our starters and bullpen but I am afraid the gig is up. This game was close till the end and you have to feel bad for Pauley who pitched out of a bases loaded 0ne-out jam in the 8th before serving up the game ending blast to Trumbo.
I am really beginning to dislike the Angels after years of them beating us in games like tonight”s soul-crusher. It will to tough to go back to the rebuilding mode after being teased till now with a pennat race though if the Mariners can somehow win the last two games we may be able to make the rest of July interesting. I”m going to try and hang in there for the rest of the season no matter what happens though I”m not sure my heart can take another dismal voyage into the abyss….Go M”s! http://jeffsmariners.com