The rookie had a homer and six RBIs on Saturday, giving him a major league-record 10 RBIs in two career games, and the Los Angeles Angels rolled to an 11-5 victory over the Seattle Mariners. Now that he topped it in his second game? Despite his waning stuff, Hernandez has found ways to be effective at times this season and enters Saturday's outing having allowed three earned runs or less in six consecutive starts. "That's all I have to say".
"Our offense is always aggressive and our guys are going to get their hacks in, but you have to get good pitches and we did a good job of keeping the line moving", Mariners manager Scott Servais said. "When you walk out and don't have much on the ball, you're not going to get very good results".
Andrew Heaney delivered a solid start for the Angels, going eight innings. King Felix was battered for seven runs over 2 2/3 innings in his last outing and holds an ugly 5.58 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over 21 starts this season. In his final plate appearance, in the seventh inning, with Ian Kinsler in scoring position at second, he grounded out.
The reality, though, is that the Mariners have managed to remain a confident bunch, even while going 4-8 since July 12 and an uninspired 4-4 since the All-Star break. Alex Rodriguez hit 70 against the Angels.
Seattle starter Marco Gonzales gave up two runs on seven hits and two walks in six innings, striking out seven and earning his 12th victory, tied for third-best in the American League. Gonzales (11-5, 3.38 ERA) is 2-0 with a 3.00 ERA in his previous four starts against the Angels this season. The Angels (54-52) have won four in a row and reached double digits in runs in four of the past seven games.
Known for winning the close games, the Mariners suffered a 4-3 loss to the Angels in the series opener on Friday.
That gave Arcia 10 RBIs in his first two career games, something that no big-leaguer ever had done. "I just try to do my work the best I can". Calhoun then crushed a ground-rule double to right field to give the Angels their first runs of the game.
So, through two games, Arcia has five hits - two homers, two doubles and a single - in eight at-bats.
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Hernandez will be making his second start against the Angels this season and first on their home field.
After doubling in a run off Felix Hernandez in his first at-bat, Arcia faced reliever Casey Lawrence with two men on his second time up. "I can't say enough". He's been steadily losing fastball velocity over the past three seasons and his once famed heater is now under 90 miles per hour on average, which has also effectively wiped out his best strikeout pitch - a devastating changeup that used to clock in higher than his current fastball.
"Jaime will continue to grow", Angels manager Mike Scioscia told the Los Angeles Times.
The second of three games at Anaheim begins at 6 p.m. Saturday. Tuivailala was acquired from the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday for minor league pitcher Seth Elledge.
He was set to do the same last Tuesday against San Francisco, but his back stiffened up and the Mariners kept him sidelined.
Mariners: LHP James Paxton reported no issues after a 32-pitch bullpen session Friday and is expected to return to the Seattle rotation Monday at home against the Houston Astros, Servais said.
The Angels had plenty of offence to go around, totalling 13 hits, including Mike Trout's 29th home run of the season off Hernandez in the first inning. He was out of action because of a stiff lower back.
White Sox 9, Blue Jays 5: Pinch hitter Daniel Palka hit a two-run, go-ahead single in a six-run bottom of the eighth, and Chicago came back to defeat visiting Toronto.