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The King ties centenary record: he achieved 12 straight games with with less tham two runs

The King ties centenary record: he achieved 12 straight games with with less tham two runs

Posted by Dubraswka Aguilar on July 21, 2014

A night after playing 16 innings, the Angels and Mariners decided the normal nine again wasn’t enough.

The teams played 12 more innings on Saturday night, and this time Logan Morrison played the hero with a tie-breaking RBI double in the top of the 12th to lift Seattle to a 3-2 victory and snap the Angels’ six-game win streak.

“I thought we did a good job pressuring their guys and got some guys in scoring position,” Angels manager Mike Scioscia said. “We just couldn’t get that one hit that could’ve swung the game in our favor.”

It got to extras thanks in large part to dominant showings by the starting pitchers.

Seattle’s Felix Hernandez allowed only two hits and one run (unearned) over seven innings, with four walks and nine strikeouts. It was the 12th consecutive start of seven-plus innings and two or fewer runs allowed for Hernandez, tying an American League record.

Garrett Richards was every bit as brilliant for the Angels. The flame throwing Oklahoman gave up just three hits and one run in eight innings, walked one and struck out seven to remain unbeaten since May 30.

“I thought Garret did a tremendous job to match Felix Hernandez pitch for pitch,” Scioscia said. “We had two guys pitching extremely well and he got us through eight. It was a good job for him.”

Once the starters left, it was a game of attrition with both bullpens taxed from the previous night’s marathon.

It was the Angels bullpen that blinked first.

Joe Thatcher entered in the 12th and promptly gave up a leadoff double to Kyle Seager. Morrison followed with a double of his own to put Seattle on top and end Thatcher’s night, and pinch-hitter Justin Smoak added an insurance run with a bases-loaded infield single down the third base line.

That insurance run would prove valuable when David Freese led off the bottom of the 12th with a line drive home run to center to cut the deficit to 3-2, but Charlie Furbush entered for Seattle and retired the Angels in order to record the first save of his four-year career.

The ending overshadowed an otherwise strong effort by the Angels pitching staff.

Huston Street tossed a scoreless ninth in his first appearance as an Angel since being acquired in a trade Friday night and Joe Smith and Kevin Jepsen each threw a scoreless inning as well.

They were merely following the tone set by Richards hours earlier.

Richards needed only 49 pitches to mow down the first 15 Mariners in order, but Dustin Ackley ended his bid for perfection with a leadoff double in the sixth. Two batters later Jesus Sucre singled through the left side to score Ackley and stake the Mariners to a 1-0 lead.

Richards escaped further damage though, inducing Robinson Cano to ground out with runners on first and second to end the frame.

“It was good to see our guys throw the ball as well as they did,” Scioscia said.

The Angels were able to tie it in the seventh with help from the Mariners defense.

Albert Pujols and Josh Hamilton opened the inning with back-to-back walks, and Howie Kendrick followed with routine grounder to the right of second base. The double-play ball instead became an infield single when shortstop Brad Miller and second baseman Robinson Cano both froze momentarily, confused over who was fielding the ball.

Miller made a last-second diving grab to keep it in the infield, but his throw to first was off target and Pujols came home with the tying run.

That’s where the score remained until the 12th, where another long night just proved too much for the Angels ‘pen.

 

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