Brad Miller hit two home runs as the Seattle Mariners beat the Los Angeles Angels again on Tuesday night (April 1). Miller hit a solo shot off starter C.J. Wilson in the fifth inning and then connected off Michael Kohn with a two-run shot in the ninth inning. The Mariners ended up winning the game 8-3, as the team made another statement on offense. The clutch hitting for this team has suddenly become its calling card for the 2014 MLB season.
Erasmo Ramirez was the starting pitcher in this one, going seven strong innings and spacing out six hits and two runs. He didn't walk anyone and struck out six hitters along the way. His only real mistake came when he allowed a two-run homer by Raul Ibanez in the fourth inning. Outside of that one hiccup, it was an extraordinary debut for the No. 2 pitcher in the rotation.
Miller, Dustin Ackley, and Justin Smoak each had two hits on the night. Smoak also had three more RBIs to add to his total, bringing him up to six in just the first two games of the season. This time he got all three on a double to the gap after the Angels intentionally walked Robinson Cano to face him. That turned out to be a big mistake, as Smoak showed the new swing and approach at the plate he has been working on.
Fernando Rodney came in to pitch the ninth inning and get his first appearance of the season. He did give up a hit, but struck out one batter and then forced another into a game-ending double play to finish off the win. He only had 10 pitches in the ninth inning to help fans of the team breathe a sigh of relief.
As a team, the Mariners posted 10 more hits with five of them being the extra base variety. The team has quickly moved to 2-0 and sits atop the American League West as the first place franchise. Now James Paxton will take the mound next for the team as he faces the Angels on Wednesday (April 2) at 7:05 p.m. PT.
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