They saw this as their opportunity to let the Angels know they were a team to be dealt with, but what happened to the Seattle Mariners in three games in Anaheim?
They got dealt with.
Felix Hernandez couldn’t get the outs he needed most, allowing a pair of three-run home runs. Seattle’s lineup managed 10 hits – but Ben Broussard, Yuniesky Betancourt, Jose Lopez, Ichiro, Jose Vidro, Raul Ibanez and Jose Guillen all came up with runners in scoring position.
Hey, it happens, but in the finale of this series, it happened in a two-run loss that left the Mariners 5 ½ games behind the Angels.
So there’s work still to be done, and the Mariners come home 25-24 to face Texas and Baltimore – two imminently beatable teams.
The good news? Seattle came to the plate Wednesday time and again with the chance to break this game open, and had the tying run at the plate with no one out in the ninth inning.
They lost a tough game. There will be more tough games. Perhaps this last loss will help them deal with those to come.