It is a plan that, consequently, means he must find a way to navigate those extra innings.
On Friday night, the Seattle Mariners walked Trout three times, and the players behind him made them pay, sparking a come-from-behind, 6-5 victory.
"That's what we do", Simmons said. There are going to be some nights that it works out great.
First pitch live on iFIBER One News Radio KMAS at 7:10. "Don't want to get too far ahead of it but fingers crossed that he doesn't miss too much time". He was in a little trouble there in the (fifth).
"You'll see some guys coming up from Tacoma to help us out", Servais said, "and they're going to pitch". That's where we're at right now in our starting pitching. Andrew Moore then pitched around Trout, walking him on four pitches, to load the bases. Hopefully we had the lead; we did have the lead. The over is 15-5-1 in the last 21 meetings in Seattle. He gave it all back when the Angels struck for four two-out runs.
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Question: Why the quick hook on Gonzales and not for Moore?
"We have to take advantage of when Mike gets on", Scioscia said. "No Eddie Diaz. Trying to only use Nick Vincent in the situation as the closer. No Casey Lawrence tonight".
For Cruz, the Mariners' loss on Friday and their loss in the ninth inning on Thursday were games that came down to a play here or there.
Trout scored the go-ahead run in the ninth after a walk. They are one of six teams within three games of the Twins.
As for the decision to stick with Moore in the seventh, Servais said he had a limited bullpen. I thought Gonzales threw the ball really well. "It just got away from us". Nelson Cruz hit two homers, including a key solo shot in the top of the seventh inning. Mike Moustakas hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the eighth for the final score. The veteran right-hander will carry an unpalatable 5.09 ERA and 1.44 WHIP into a road showdown with the Mariners next time he takes to the mound.
Well, Gamel now has more than the requisite number of plate appearances but he's mired in a terrible slump. One of those wins was a shutout against the Mariners on July 1.