Chris Young adds to Safeco legend, pitches Mariners to 5-1 victory over Angels

Staff writerMay 26, 2014 

Angels Mariners Baseball

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher Chris Young thaws against the Los Angeles Angels in the sixth inning of a baseball game May 26, 2014, in Seattle. The Mariners won 5-1.

ELAINE THOMPSON — The Associated Press

Put Mariners right-hander Chris Young on the mound at Safeco Field, and he’s in a class by himself. For proof, to steal a line from manager Lloyd McClendon, just check the book.

Young worked into the seventh inning Monday on a glorious Memorial Day afternoon at Safeco Field, and yielded just two hits in a 5-1 victory over the Los Angeles Angels.

Now, about the book: This makes eight career starts for Young at Safeco, and he’s 5-0. No other pitcher has made as many as seven starts her eat the corner at Edgar and Dave without suffering a loss.

That tidbit comes courtesy of the Elias Sports Bureau. That’s the book.

Young, 4-2, carried a no-hitter into the sixth inning and didn’t lose his shout until the seventh. Charlie Furbush, Danny Farquhar and Fernando Rodney closed out the victory.

The Mariners roughed up Angels starter Tyler Skaggs, 4-2, for two runs in the first inning and three more in the second before he settled into a groove and pitched through the seventh with no further damage.

Skaggs contributed to his own problems in the first by throwing to the wrong fielder on a play at first. A two-out error by shortstop Erick Aybar opened the door to three unearned runs in the second.

Robinson Cano had RBI singles in both innings, while Michael Saunders had a gift single in the first, on Skaggs’ blunder, and an RBI triple in the second.

The Angels didn’t get their first hit until Kole Calhoun lined a one-out single back through the box in the sixth inning. Calhoun was hitless in his previous 14 at-bats since returning from the disabled list.

Young retired the next two batters and took a five-run lead to the bottom of the inning. He lost the shutout when Albert Pujols opened the seventh by driving an 87-mph fastball over the left-field wall.

After a one-out walk later in the inning, Young exited to loud cheers from the crowd of 22,710. He had thrown 98 pitches when replaced by Furbush, who retired the next two hitters.

Farquhar pitched a one-two-three eighth before Rodney worked the ninth in a non-save situation. The victory pulled the Mariners back to .500 at 25-25.

The Mariners struck immediately after James Jones, whose hitting streak ended Sunday at 14 games, reached on a squib single to third to start the first inning.

Saunders followed with a bunt that Skaggs fielded and, inexplicably, threw to second baseman Howie Kendrick, who was several feet from first while Pujols stood at the base.

Had Skaggs thrown to Pujols, it’s an out. Instead, it was scored a single.

Cano then flicked an RBI single into center for a 1-0 lead. Justin Smoak sharp grounder to third resulted in the inning’s first out when David Freese made a terrific diving stop and throw to first — but Saunders scored.

It was 2-0.


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