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Seattle2 0 0 2 1 0 1 0 0 691
LA Angels0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 5130
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  W: Y. Kikuchi (1-1)   L: T. Cahill (1-2)   S: A. Swarzak (3)
6:07 PM PT7:07 PM MT8:07 PM CT9:07 PM ET21:07 ET1:07 GMT9:07 6:07 PM MST8:07 PM EST8:37 PM VEN5:07 UAE (+1)8:07 PM CT, April 20, 2019
Angel Stadium of Anaheim, Anaheim, California  Attendance: 41,147

Angels' mission against Mariners: Keep ball in the park

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Seattle Mariners at Los Angeles Angels

  1. The Mariners swept their first series of the season against the Angels, a two-game set in Seattle at the beginning of April. The M's won four of their last five games against the Angels in Los Angeles last season; Seattle hung 18 earned runs (10.13 ERA) on the Halos' starting pitchers in those five contests.
  2. Seattle has been swept in back-to-back series at home, against the Astros and Indians. The Mariners have gone 2-6 against teams currently at .500 or better and 11-2 against teams currently below .500.
  3. The Angels were swept in a three-game set by the Rangers in Texas, falling to last place in the AL West. The Halos are 6-1 (.857) at home this season and 2-9 (.182) on the road, the largest disparity (.675) between home and road record this season.
  4. Jay Bruce hit a solo home run in the second game against the Indians, his only hit and RBI in his last five games (18 at-bats, .222 slugging percentage). He slugged .673 and drove in 13 runs in his first 13 games of the season.
  5. Since the start of last season, Kole Calhoun is batting .239 with a .782 OPS in 76 games as a leadoff hitter and .162 with a .481 OPS in 78 games in any other lineup spot. This season, Calhoun has yet to reach base safely in any of his 16 plate appearances when not batting leadoff.
  6. Felix Hernandez will be making his 28th career start against the Angels in Los Angeles. The only active starter who has made as many as 28 starts on the road against an opponent is Justin Verlander against the Indians in Cleveland (28 starts).
Notes Applicable For Series Dates: 4/18/2019 thru 4/21/2019

The Seattle Mariners likely will continue to aim for the fences when they play the Los Angeles Angels in the third game of their four-game series on Saturday night in Anaheim, Calif.

The Mariners hit four more homers on Friday night to account for all their runs in the 5-3 victory over the Angels. They lead the majors with 49 home runs.

Angels starter Trevor Cahill will try to keep the Mariners in the ballpark, something he accomplished when he pitched in Seattle on April 2, allowing one run and three hits in six innings.

Cahill left that game with the score tied at 1-1, but Daniel Vogelbach homered in the eighth to lift the Mariners to a 2-1 victory.

Cahill (1-1, 4.50) pitched exactly six innings in each of his first three outings before lasting just four innings on Sunday at the Texas Rangers, allowing four runs and five hits in the 12-7 loss.

Seattle rookie left-hander Yusei Kikuchi (0-1, 4.23) is scheduled to face the Angels for the first time.

Kikuchi has been consistent in recent starts, allowing three runs and five hits over six innings in each of his past two outings, but the 27-year-old hasn't been pleased with what he's accomplished in April.

"These last three starts I've been giving up runs at the early parts of the game," he said through an interpreter following his most recent outing. "I am going through scouting reports, and I am preparing myself for the game, but that's something I need to work on moving forward."

Nine of the 13 runs Kikuchi has allowed have scored in the first two innings.

"I've been watching a lot of videos two or three days before my start, and I am preparing myself and imagining what my pitches would look (like) against these hitters," Kikuchi said. "At the end of the day, I've got to go out there and execute."

Angels slugger Mike Trout returned to center field on Friday night after spending four games at designated hitter following his return from a three-game absence because of a groin strain. He hit a two-run homer in the eighth to tie the score before the Mariners hit two solo homers in the ninth for the win.

Second baseman David Fletcher's solo home run in the eighth inning on Thursday night capped an eight-run comeback for the Angels before they lost 11-10. Fletcher went 3-for-3 on Friday night.

Angels designated hitter/first baseman Justin Bour made what manager Brad Ausmus called an "extreme mental error" on Friday night, but it's unlikely it will affect his playing time moving forward.

Bour had two hits, but he didn't run out an infield popup with a runner on first and one out in the eighth inning. The Mariners let the ball intentionally fall to the ground and then turned the double play.

"You learn that early on in Little League," Ausmus said.

Ausmus said he had not talked to Bour about the play.

"It'll never happen again in his career," Ausmus said. "He's not the type of guy that would do that because he has some type of attitude problem. He was just frustrated and angry with himself and made a mistake."

--Field Level Media

Updated April 20, 2019

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