Angels off to a rocky start after being swept by Mariners
ANAHEIM, Calif. — Maybe it’s a relief to the Angels that they’re leaving town.
Home was no comfort. The first three games of the season were a washout, a bad dream they’d like to forget. Give them a mulligan.
The Angels were swept by the Seattle Mariners, losing 8-2 Wednesday night at Angel Stadium and dropping to 0-3 — the first time they’ve been swept in a season-opening series since 1992.
They know what they did wrong. It would be easier to point out what they did right.
"Nothing went right for us in this series, obviously," manager Mike Scioscia said. "You’d like to carry confidence forward as the season builds, but there wasn’t anything we could really point to outside of (Jered Weaver’s) first start. It’s obvious what’s not working with out club."
Hitting: The Angels were 0 for 6 with runners in scoring position and 1 for 19 in the three games.
Pitching: They got no help from their bullpen, which quickly turned a 2-0 deficit in the sixth inning to 6-0. In the series, Angels relievers gave up 12 earned runs in 10 innings.
In Wednesday’s game, center fielder Mike Trout was 2 for 3 with a double, a triple, a run scored and an RBI. The rest of the team was 1 for 26.
By contrast, the Mariners totaled 17 extra-base hits in the series, including six home runs, and batted .309. They outscored the Angels 26-8.
All that momentum the Angels built during a productive spring training seems to have vanished.
"I don’t know if frustration is the word," third baseman David Freese said. "Losing is frustrating, but Seattle did a great job. They pitched, hit and played defense. We didn’t do very much of anything.
"We finished the spring strong. This is a confident bunch, and even though this series didn’t go the way we wanted it to, we’re still very confident."
They will have to find their way on the road. The Angels are off Thursday, then play four games at unbeaten Houston and three at Seattle.
Certainly, their offense could use a confidence-builder. They had runners at first and second base with no outs in the first inning but couldn’t score, then got a leadoff double from Trout in the fourth but left him stranded when Seattle starter James Paxtron struck out Albert Pujols, Josh Hamilton and Howie Kendrick.
That’s how badly the game went.
Maybe all it will take is one win to right themselves, but right now the Angels are simply trying to keep a good thought. After all, it’s only three games.
"We came into the season positive, and we’re still positive," said pitcher Hector Santiago, who pitched into the sixth. "We thought we were going to get off on a better foot, but it’s three games. We’ll wipe it off and go out there, take a day off tomorrow and hopefully get a nice little six-game winning streak on the road."