The Mariners rotation has the second-lowest earned run average in the American League (3.49) - and Erik Bedard is among the reasons.
Starting tonight in Anaheim, Bedard's ERA is 1.86. It will face a major obstancle tonight in the Angels.
Bedard, in his career, is 1-4 vs. the Angels with a 6.68 ERA. One of the big reasons is Vlad Guerrero, who's on the disabled list. Another is Torii Hunter - who's not! - who is hitting .450 in 20 at-bats, with two home runs and six RBI against the lefty.
As April games go, this one's big within the AL West.
Branyan's back - boom!
Russell Branyan's first game-swing in a week resulted in his third home run and a 1-0 lead for Seattle.
In the second: Mariners 1, Angels 0
No boom, but a few bangs
Mariners have been trying to add-on since Branyan's home run, using the hit-and-run play - and failing - and not quite getting down a bunt.
Then they opened the fifth inning with consecutive singles by Ichiro, Endy Chavez and Ken Griffey Jr. - and a two-rund double from Adrian Beltre.
Branyan walked to load the bases again, and Jose Lopez chopped a high infield single to make it 4-0 and keep them loaded, and Rob Johnson parachuted a single into center field.
On the verge of blowing this one open, in the fifth, it's Mariners 5, Angels 0.
That should be enough ...
Thompson's first pitch in relief was wild and scored Branyan, then Yuniesky
Bedard now has a seven-run lead and has allowed one hit in four innings. In theory, this should enough.
Now THAT'S ugly
Chavez tried to throw a runner out at third, and his throw skipped off Beltre's foot and into the stands.
After five: Mariners 7, Angels 3