Found July 14, 2013 on Valley Bay News:
After an 8-3 win Friday, and a 6-0 win on a complete shutdown performance from “King” Felix Hernandez last night, the Seattle Mariners grabbed their brooms today and completed a three game sweep (first of 2013) of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim with a 4-3 win. Despite complete domination from the Angels bullpen (5.0 IP, 2 H, BB, 5 K), the bats just couldn’t support Joe Blanton and his four inning performance, who allowed four runs (all earned) on five hits, along with walking four. Blanton still just can’t seem to hit the corners well this season, and it’s showing with his 5.53 earned-run-average. Opposite of Blanton was Hisashi Iwakuma, who helped his Cy Young vote tonight, going seven innings, allowing the same amount of hits, and striking out the same number as well. Over those seven strikeouts, four came against men on the opposite side of the plate, and the last one came against the last batter he faced, Mike Trout. The four runs of support was enough, as Iwakuma managed to keep just three on the board, sealing himself an eight win. All Mariners starters were able to reach base at least once except for former Angels star, Kendrys Morales, and Dustin Ackley. A big note was Nick Franklin, who went 0-for-1, with three free passes to first by way of a walk. Michael Saunders loan hit of the day was a home run, his sixth of the season, and gave the Mariners 115 on the season tying them with the Toronto Blue Jays for second in the American League, only behind the Chris Davis and the Baltimore Orioles, just prior to the All-Star Break. The Mariners have won 8 of their last 13 going into the All-Star Break, along with their first sweep of the 2013 campaign. Though they don’t look like a playoff team, they very easily could be a dark horse for the second half of this season. The bullpen wasn’t the only good thing for the Angels today, as Howie Kendrick and Erick Aybar were both able to muster up 2-for-4 performances. Not just that, but Mark Trumbo cranked his 21st home run of the season. Final from Safeco Field, in Seattle, Washington: Angels, 3     Mariners, 4 W – Hisashi Iwakuma (8-4, 3.02) L – Joe Blanton (2-12, 5.53) For more updates on the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, follow me on Twitter (@TaylorBlakeWard), and don’t forget to follow ValleyBayNews as well (@ValleyBayNews).      Tweet

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