Game 27: Angels 6, Mariners 4

Cameron Maybin is good at defense and I hate it. I don’t have a count of how many putouts he had last night, but the hits and home run he took away is enough for me to dislike him. He’s just a scapegoat, though, the Mariner pitching failed (yet again) and couldn’t hold back the Angels in extra innings.

Paxton Starts Strong, Fizzles

James Paxton has been the anchor of the rotation so far this year, and put in five innings of mostly good work, striking out six and giving up just one earned run (two runs total). As the sixth inning opened, his control went out the window and he was replaced. The bullpen was able to hold it together until the eighth, when Edwin Diaz, trying for a four-out save, gave up a two-run shot on a 100 mph fastball to Kole Calhoun. I’ve mentioned this before, but Calhoun has the look and the name of somebody I wouldn’t get along with in high school. What he did to the M’s last night backs up that idea.

James Pazos ends up with the loss after recent call-up Jean Machi tossed two quality innings.

The big concern for the M’s is Edwin Diaz. This is now two blown leads agains the Angels this season. Granted, this one was just a one-run lead, but Servais needs a lock-down arm out of the ‘pen for these situations. Diaz was phenomenal in his breakout performance last year, but he’s given us plenty of room to doubt this season. If he doesn’t improve soon, the M’s could try Cishek back at closer once he wraps up his rehab stint, or Taylor Motter could probably do the job.

Valencia Homers, Heredia Almost Does

Danny Valencia will see more playing time and more plate appearances with the recent demotion of Daniel Vogelbach, and the M’s need him to produce from the corner infield spot. He’s struggled so far, but finally smacked his first Safeco Field home run into the Angels’ bullpen.

Heredia got ahold of one as well, but that Cameron Maybin brought it back, that thief. There were a lot of hard-hit balls in this game, a good sign for a team that needs to produce while the bullpen figures its crap out.

The M’s face the Angels again today, Iwakuma looks to replicate his stellar last outing against Detroit against the somehow 15-13 Angels.