Postgame notes, quotes, boxscore, highlights and video and transcript of manager Scott Servais' postgame remarks on the bullpen decisions in the Mariners' 6-5 loss to the Angels.
Obviously people were curious about the decisions manager Scott Servais made in the Mariners’ 6-5 loss to the Angels. Whether it was pulling Marco Gonzales with one out in the fifth inning or staying with Andrew Moore for too long, they were angry and wanted some damn answers. It was first question and second question asked in the postgame presser (video above).
Here’s his answer about the difference between pulling Gonzales early and leaving Moore in there for so long.
“Where we are at pitching-wise right now, you are just trying to put a plan together every night going into it. I thought Gonzales threw the ball really well. He was in a situation where we wanted to get him through the lineup twice. He was in a little trouble there in the (fifth). Pagan was our guy to get us out of trouble, which he did. You go to Andrew Moore, who I thought threw the ball well in his first inning. You had the high hopper over his head that (Cameron) Maybin hit and then we couldn’t stop the bleeding after that. Obviously we were limited tonight with what was available in our bullpen. No Eddie Diaz, trying to use Nick Vincent only in a situation where he was the closer, no Tony Zych tonight, no Casey Lawrence. We were limited. Coming into this ball game, we knew Andrew Moore was going to pitch in this game. Hopefully we had the lead and we did have the lead. But he just didn’t execute pitches maybe the way we should have later in that inning to stop the bleeding.”
The Mariners are going to try and nurse these games with starters that can go hopefully five innings at least and a bonus if they go more. If it’s only five or less, then they’ll use a variety of long relievers to hopefully bridge to the back end of their bullpen. It’s what they did in May when they were missing four starters like now.
“With where we are at right now pitching-wise, it’s going to be a challenge,” Servais said. “There are some nights it’s going to work out great and there are going to be some nights where it’s a little bit tough. We’ve ran the (relievers) really hard. We were in a good streak for a while and you have to back off on these guys a little bit otherwise we aren’t going to have anybody left. That was the thought tonight. That’s why, like we talked about, you’ll see some guys coming up from Tacoma to help us out and they are going to pitch in those long spots. That’s where we are at right now with our starting pitching and our ability to get into the fifth, sixth, seventh inning is tough. So we are trying to piece together the game. We did it in May and were able to kind of stay afloat with it and I think that’s our best option right now. So there will be a lot of decisions made that you may scratch your head at and what not. But there is a plan behind it. And I thought tonight, the plan was lined up right. We just didn’t get the last out in the seventh inning.”
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Best option? Unless the personnel changes with some moves from Jerry Dipoto, it’s their only option. But how long can the Mariners realistically stay with that plan? It’s one thing to stay afloat in May compared to trying to win during the wild card race in August before the rosters expand in September.
“It is (different),” Servais said. “You are trying to win every ball game and the effort our guys are putting out, you can see it. Our guys want to win really bad. The spirits were up. We have been playing good baseball. We were in control of the game tonight. It just got away from us. Going forward, we just don’t have that guy that we can run out there for seven innings. So you are going to have to piece it together and have a plan and I think this is the best way to do it.”
Moore is likely to be optioned to Class AAA Tacoma, probably postgame to make room for another reliever and fresh arm to take his place.
|Los Angeles Angels||0||1||0||0||0||0||4||0||1||6||11||0||9|
|First Pitch: 7:10||Time of Game: 3:04||Temp: 71 F, W @ 3 MPH||Attendance: 38,206|
WP: Keynan Middleton (3-0, 4.03) LP: James Pazos (3-4, 3.74) SV: Yusmeiro Petit (2)
|Jefry Marte||4||Marco Gonzales||2||0||2||1-2||363 ft, LF|
|Nelson Cruz||28||Ricky Nolasco||2||0||0||3-0||425 ft, CF|
|Mike Zunino||17||Ricky Nolasco||5||1||0||2-1||450 ft, LF|
Quotes from the visitor’s clubhouse … Angels manager Mike Scioscia
On the comeback and late win: We did a good job in the seventh after we get behind. Big two out hits from – Cam got it going, Mike walks and Albert and Cron and Simmons, we kept it going. Real good comeback win for us, bullpen did a great job, all the guys, Paredes, Middleton and Petit all did a great job. And we held on, it was a good comeback win.
On Mike Trout walking three times: I think the last couple of weeks we’ve seen our lineup start to get a little deeper, Cron is swinging it better, Andrelton has been really swinging it well, so we have to take advantage of when Mike gets on. Mike’s on base percentage is off the charts, so we want guys behind him swinging the bat. Albert did a great job tonight, big hit with the bases loaded, and Cron is swinging it well, like I said Andrelton. We have to be more than Mike.
Nelson Cruz (3×4, 2 R, 2 2B, HR, 2 RBI) matched his career-high with 3 extra-base hits (8x, last: 6/22/15 at DET – 2B, 2 HR)…is the 3rd Mariner to record 3 extra-base hits in a game this season (also: Kyle Seager, 6/18 at TEX, and Taylor Motter, 4/11 vs. HOU).
- Recorded his 20th double of the season in the 4th inning, marking his 8th career season with at least 20 doubles and 20 home runs…has reached the 20/20 plateau in 4 consecutive season (2014-c).
- Recorded his 7th game this season with 3-plus hits, T4th-most on the club (also: Robinson Canó).
- Has 8 home runs in his last 11 games since July 30th and has 6 in his last 6 games (since Aug. 6).
Robinson Canó (1×4, R, 2B) has hit safely in 9-of-his-last-12 home games (7/9-c), batting .294 (15×51) with 7 runs, 7 doubles, 1 home run and 4 RBI.
Jarrod Dyson (2×4, R) has hit safely in 11-of-his-last-13 games (7/28-c), batting .356 (16×45) with 6 runs, 5 RBI and 5 stolen bases.
Mike Zunino (1×4, R, HR, 2 RBI) has hit 11-of-his-17 home runs this season at Safeco Field…his 11 home runs at home rank 2ndon the club (Nelson Cruz, 13).
Jean Segura (2×3, 2B, BB) tallied his 34th multi-hit game of the season, tied with Nelson Cruz for the most on the club.
- Has hit safely in 12-of-his-last-16 games (7/24-c), batting .250 (15×60) with 12 runs, 3 doubles, 1 triple, 1 home run and 4 RBI.
The Mariners recorded at least 6 extra-base hits for the 10th time this season (last: 8/6, #1, at KC)…marks the 3rd time this season that the Mariners have tallied at least 6 extra-base hits vs. the Angels (also: 5/3 vs. LAA and 6/30 at LAA).
LOS ANGELES ANGELS:
The Angels are 10-4 in their last 14 games, dating back to July 28.
The Angels recorded their second straight win when tied after 8 innings…overall the Angels are 5-6 this season when tied after 8 innings.
Andrelton Simmons has hit safely in 18 of his last 20 games, batting .392 (29×74) with 17 runs scored, 5 doubles, 1 triple, 3 home runs, 13 RBI, 2 HBP, 8 walks and 4 stolen bases.
Martin Maldonado snapped an 0-for-21 streak with a single to left field in the top of the 5th inning.
- Maldonado recorded his 17th multi-hit game of the season (last: 8/2 vs. PHI)…his 9th multi-hit contests on the road, but only his first since June 21 at NYY.
Albert Pujols recorded his 23rd multi-hit game of the season, including his 9th 3-hit game (last: 3 H, 8/1 vs. PHI).
- Pujols recorded his 227th career game with 3+-hit game, moving into a tie with HOF Luke Appling for 34th all-time.
C.J. Cron has hit safely in 7 of his last 9 games, including 5 multi-hit contests…during this stretch, dating back to Aug. 2, he is batting .382 (13×34) with 6 run scored, 3 home runs, 10 RBI, 1 HBP, 2 walks and 1 stolen base.
Ricky Nolasco is 1-3 with a 7.36 ERA (29 ER, 34.1 IP) over his last 6 starts (7/7-current)…marked the 9th time this season that he allowed at least 5 runs in a start, going 0-7 in those starts.