Against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on Tuesday night, Roenis Elias allowed a lot of doubles. Five, to be precise, over 6.1 innings. He struck out five and walked one while holding the Angels homerless, so it’s not like his start was without merit. But the Seattle Mariners lost this game because of his eight hits allowed, or more importantly because of his five doubles allowed.
It goes like this: David Freese leads off the top of the second with a double. C.J. Cron is next up, and doubles. Erick Aybar follows with a double. Grant Green lines out, woo hoo, then Chris Ianetta doubles. Three runs over the course of five batters, four of which doubled. Collin Cowgil doubled in the seventh! Doubles! They’re everywhere!
The Mariners lost 6-4, which is to say the Mariners scored four runs. Following the second inning doubles parade, Dutin Ackley hit a… double. Nick Franklin, starting at second base in place of a DHing Robinson Cano, singled him home. Justin Smoak homered leading off the fourth. A wild pitch courtesy of Jered Weaver scored a run later in the inning. Scraping at a three-run defecit in the bottom of the ninth, Michael Saunders walked and took second. Robinson Cano singled him home. Take that, Ernesto Frieri! The Angels may finally realizing a couple years worth of wasted potential, but at least their bullpen still sucks.
Happy Felix Day! Felix Hernandez pitches in front of the King’s Court tonight, and that’s the best. C.J. Wilson will be there too, and there you go, he get’s to be the antagonist. Felix is extremely cool and C.J. Wilson is extremely not-cool. This is a narrative. 7:10 start time, and again, it’s Felix vs. a hated division rival. These are the best kind of games.