Shoemaker plunders, Angels drop the Series 2-1

Updated: April 24, 2016

The Angels drop the rubber match against the ,Seattle Mariners, 7-4 Seattle.

The first batter of the game was walked by, Matt Shoemaker. It wasn’t much a surprise to fans, since Shoemaker has been shaky since last season. What most did not expect is that walk would lead up to a four run first inning. After, the first, Shoemaker, seemed to settle into the game, until the fourth inning. Shoemaker, walked the lead off batter, Martin then took him deep to extend the lead further to 6-3 Seattle. The bullpen came into save Shoemaker, as the lefty, Jose Alvarez, came into relieve him. Mariners batters could not get anything against the relievers. Yet the long ball again plagued Angel pitchers, Cory Rasmus, gives up a two run homer to Seth Smith further extending the Mariner’s lead 9-4.

The Angel’s bats came alive right after they had been shelled for four runs. Great contact throughout, but balls did not drop for the Halos. Two out in the first, Trout, on first, Pujols, breaks his slump by stroking his 563rd career home run, tying the great Reggie Jackson for all time home runs. Cole Calhoun, walked only to be brought in by the red-hot, Geovony Soto’s, double. After, Wade Miley, settled into the ball game, the approach at the plate for the Angels never changed.

The swings were there but no hits and not enough production by the Angel offense today. Yunel Escobar, gave a little hope for the team in the eighth with a solo home run, but to no avail the bullpen could not hold the Mariners.

The slump was broken for, Pujols, and the rest of the team seems to have found some groove in the games. Pitching itself as been rough in the beginning of the season for the Angels. Whether it’s been keeping the Halos in the game or closing it out. The bullpen hasn’t been successful and they will need to rely on the bullpen against the reigning champs, the Kansas City Royals, starting tomorrow at 7:05 pm pacific.

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