The good news for fans of the Los Angeles Angels is that Mike Trout was voted to be the starting centerfielder for the American League in the All-Star game later this month. Sunday’s not quite-as-good news was that the Angels lost 5-3 to the Seattle Mariners in Anaheim.
Trout, who will probably not be actually playing in the All-Star contest because of a thumb injury, would have been useful in the loss to the Mariners, which dropped the Angels’ record back to 43-43, still in second place in the American League West, but only a half-game ahead of the Mariners (41-42).
The M’s starter, James Paxton (6-3) had a perfect game going into the sixth innings as the visitors built a 2-0 lead. The Angel starter, Jesse Chavez (5-9) lasted five innings, giving up two runs and four hits. He struck out three and walked two.
With the score 2-1 Seattle, the decisive inning turned out to be the eighth. Robinson Cano hit a three-run home run for the Mariners, giving them a 5-1 lead. The Angels rallied with two runs of their own in the bottom of the inning, but it wasn’t enough on a night when the Halos could only produce six hits.
On Monday, it’s back on the road for the Angels as the start a series with the Minnesota Twins at Target Field with Alex Meyer (3-4) making the start for the Orange County team.