The Los Angeles Angels have been nearly unbeatable at home over
the last six weeks. The Seattle Mariners have known how difficult
it is to win in Anaheim for the last couple of years.
The Angels will be looking for their 18th win in 20 home games
against the Mariners on Saturday night.
Los Angeles is coming off a 1-0 victory in 10 innings Friday.
Jered Weaver struck out eight in nine innings in what’s expected to
be his last start before serving a suspension, and Vernon Wells’
single off reliever Dan Cortes plated Torii Hunter for the lone
Mark Trumbo had three singles, and is 8 for 15 with three homers
in his last four games versus Seattle. He leads all MLB rookies
with 21 homers and 62 RBIs.
The Angels (62-51) have gone 16-4 in Anaheim following a 15-20
start there, helping them stay within one game of AL West-leading
Seattle (48-63) was blanked Friday for the 10th time this year
and the third time during its 2-17 stretch in Anaheim. The
Mariners, 1-14 away from home since July 6, are batting .201 with
one home run and 68 strikeouts during an eight-game road losing
streak to the Angels.
One bright spot Friday was the defensive play of Trayvon
Robinson, who made his major league debut memorable by robbing
Hunter of a two-run homer with a leaping grab in the left field
corner to close the third inning.
“After I did it, I put my hand up to let everybody know I caught
the ball. Then I immediately turned to Torii and I was like, `Oh,
God, I’ve got to walk past him and he’s going to kill me.’ It was
quite a sight,” said Robinson, a Los Angeles native.
A pair of rookies will square off Saturday when the Angels’
Tyler Chatwood is opposed by Seattle’s Blake Beavan.
Chatwood (6-7, 3.93 ERA) will be hoping for some run support as
he goes for his first win in six home starts.
The right-hander has received no support in four of his last
five games in Anaheim, going 0-4 with a 5.54 ERA in that stretch.
Chatwood leads all rookies with 123 hits allowed and 58 walks.
He was tagged for six runs and eight hits in 5 1-3 innings of a
12-2 loss at Detroit in his last start July 29. Chatwood had given
up seven runs over 17 1-3 innings while going 1-1 in his previous
Chatwood has yet to face Seattle.
Beavan (2-2, 3.24) will make his second start against Los
Angeles and sixth overall. The right-hander limited the Angels to
two runs over 6 1-3 innings July 8, but didn’t get a decision as
Seattle lost 4-3 in Anaheim.
Beavan surrendered three runs over 6 2-3 innings Monday in an
8-4 victory over Oakland – his first win since his major league
debut July 3.