The Seattle Mariners completed a sweep of the Los Angeles Angels on Wednesday (April 2). It was James Paxton that led the Mariners this time, as the rookie starting pitcher went seven shutout innings to pick up his first win of the season. The box score for this 8-2 win was pretty impressive for Paxton, as he allowed just two hits and two walks over seven innings. He also struck out nine Angels hitters to pick up the win.
Leading the way on offense was Mike Zunino, as he connected for an impressive three-run homer in the sixth inning to put the team up for good. He finished the night 2-for-4 with the three RBIs to his credit. Rookie Stefen Romero also had a good night as he went 2-for-3 with an RBI double and a run scored. Brad Miller and Robinson Cano each had two hits and an RBI for the team as well, with Miller notching yet another extra base hit for the team this season.
Left-hander Joe Beimel looked really good in the eighth inning, using just eight pitches (seven of them strikes) to put down the Angels. He looks to be a really nice weapon for the Mariners to have in the bullpen this season. In the ninth inning, Justin Smoak hit his second home run of the season deep into the right field seats. That pushed him up to seven RBIs in the series. Immediately following him, Corey Hart hit a home run deep into the left field seats, showing that he might be a great power hitter for the team this year.
Sweeping the Angels is one way to start the season for the Mariners, but doing it on the road is that much more impressive. In the series they out-scored the Angels 26-8, showing that the offense might be ready to fully support the starting staff all season. The next game for the team will be on Thursday night (April 3) against the Oakland Athletics. The game is in Oakland and Roenis Elias will be making his MLB debut at 7:05 p.m. PT.
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