Game 28: Mariners 8, Angels 7

It’s always good to take one away from the Angels.

With Mike Trout keeping baseball boring, Kole Calhoun bat flipping on flyouts, and Mike Scioscia always being Mike Scioscia, it’s kind of like taking candy from the entitled children of a candy factory owner. And the candy factory owner’s name is Nicolas Cage.

Hisashi Iwakuma continues to look more and more like his old self, Jean Segura comes in clutch, and the M’s take one back to level the series.

Segura Brings Home Four

This season hasn’t been particularly kind to Jean Segura, but he’s made the most of it regardless. Brought in to lock down the leadoff spot on a squad meant to win NOW, he’s done nothing but hit when he’s had the chance. Today, he provided the M’s with the difference they needed to get a much-needed win. His two-run single in the eighth put the M’s ahead for good, coupled with his two-run homer in the third.

“We fought back,” Segura told reporters after the game.”It’s tough to come back and win these games. But we put some good at-bats together. Dyson had a huge two-strike knock for us, and I was just trying to put a ball in play and make something happen. We’re going to get better. We have to get better if we’re going to win at this level.”

Iwakuma Solid Until Line Drive

Kuma’s last two starts have calmed the fears of many Mariner fans. After a disastrous Spring and tough first four starts, he shut down the Tigers in Detroit, and followed it up with five strong innings last night. His three earned runs over five were enough with the run support the powerful M’s lineup gave him.

He took a line drive off the knee in the fifth, but was able to wrap up the inning. He started the sixth a well, but gave up three singles and was pulled for rookie Emilio Pagan.

“It’s a little swollen. It got me right below the kneecap,” Iwakuma said regarding his injury. “I’m sure it’ll be sore tomorrow.”

Guillermo Heredia came through with a highlight-reel catch to help out Pagan by robbing Andrelton Simmons of a three-run homer in the sixth. He’s going all-out every night and making plays, I’m a big fan.

Ariel Miranda gets the start tonight in a rubber match against the Angels.