With Paxton on the DL, the Mariners brought up Andrew Moore, presumably to take his spot in the rotation, yet lo and behold there he was, coming on in long relief of Marco Gonzales (who, himself, was brought up with Felix on the DL, but that’s neither here nor there).
Gonzales couldn’t even get through 5 innings because Scott Servais rightly has zero confidence in his ability to get out of even the slightest jam in a tight game. And so, Emilio Pagan came in to finish out the inning and we all thought he’d come back for another couple frames or so. But, it turned out to be Moore, who got through one inning fine, but with two outs in the seventh, he ended up getting hit all around the stadium, giving up 4 runs to completely blow the lead.
The M’s put up 5 runs on the back of Nelson Cruz, Mike Zunino, and a clutch Jarrod Dyson. With a 5-1 lead heading into the seventh. Moore pissed that away, then in the ninth, Jean Segura – an inning after making a brilliant defensive play – booted a potential double play grounder to give up the go-ahead run. And that was that.
The Angels are up 2-0 in this series, and get ready for more of the same because this Mariners pitching staff is fucking garbage. The bullpen – which is decent – is overworked and becoming exposed. Say goodbye to the Wild Card.