The 2012 season is over, 75 wins and 87 losses after it started.
That 75th win came today: a 12-0 mauling of the Los Angeles Angels before a crowd of 15,614 at Safeco Field. (Unofficially, 1,723,286 watched the Mariners at home this season.)
Blake Beaven went eight innings for his 11th win of the season. Casper Wells was the offensive hero with five RBI, including a three-run home run to left.
Manager Eric Wedge on the game: That’s a good strong way to finish the season. I think Blake threw the ball very well today. I thought he did a great job of moving his fastball around, and offensively the guys were very good. It was a nice way to finish things off.
Wedge on the season: We got better. Individuals got better; we got better as a ball club. We’re doing it in a real win. This is a lot different from last year. Obviously we won more games. You look at some of the young kids we broke in this year, you look at some of the other kids that have just finished their first full season, and others that are maybe a little bit further down the road. I think there’s a very defined manner in which we play. I think other teams feel that. And when you talk about building that foundation and making sure that it’s real and you can count on it, every bit of that has happened here right now. We’ll just keep moving forward.
Through 8: Still 12-0, Mariners. Stephen Pryor coming on to pitch the ninth after eight shutout inning by Beavan.
Through 7: Mariners break it open with a 6-run seventh. Big blow is a three-run home run by Casper Wells, to left, over the hand-operated scoreboard. That gives him five RBI in this game, matching his career high. Mariners lead, 12-0.
Through 6: Mariners, 6-0. In top half, Trout leads off with a double, moves to third on a fly, and then gets thrown out trying to score on a Pujols fly to Wells in right. In bottom half, Taylor pitching. Mariners add a couple of runs as Montero and Montero walk, Robinson singles, and Wells’ two-out single brings the first two home.
Through 5: Still, Mariners 4-0.
Through 3: Mariners, 4-0. Angels send Kole Calhoun in for Hunter in right. Montero drives in two runs with a two-on, two-out double.
Through 2: Still Mariners, 2-0. In top of inning, Angels hit a couple of flies to left that wouldn’t be home runs this year, next year or any year. Angels start bottom of the inning with Jerome Williams on the mound, in place of starter Jered Weaver, who threw 25 pitches in the first inning, allowing two earned runs, two hits, two walks, one strike out. No word of injury.
Through 1: Mariners lead, 2-0. Ackley walks and comes home on a Seager double. Second run came in on one-out bases-loaded infield grounder by Montero.
Play ball: First pitch was thrown at 3:41. It is 64 degrees. (It only feels 40 degrees cooler than that.)
Lineups: Here’s the final lineup of the Mariners season: Ackley 4, Wells 9, Seager 5, Jaso dh; Smoak 3, Montero 2, Saunders 8, Robinson 7, Triunfel 6; Beavan 1.
Angels going like this: Trout 8, Hunter 9, Pujols dh, Morales 3, Callaspo 5, Trumbo 7, Kendrick 4, Izturis 6, Iannetta 2; Weaver 1.
First pitch scheduled for 3:40 p.m.