Reeking of desperation, Bobby Abreu laid down a bunt with Erick Aybar on 2B and nobody out in the first inning. That terrified push, which successfully moved the runner over to 3B, failed to yield a run as the Angels made two outs without Aybar ever getting beyond that third bag. The Angels failed to score any runs for the second game in a row and were shut out by the Seattle Mariners at SafeCo Field.
The Angels loaded the bases in the 8th and with two outs, Mike Scioscia miraculously pinch-ht for the loathsome starting catcher Jeff Mathis (whose defense was terrible in the game, as if going 0 for 3 with a batting average below .200 wasn't enough). Pinch-Hitter Hank Conger watched strike three tickle the inside corner and the Angels had logged in their 20th consecutive scoreless inning. Their empty 9th inning puts the streak at 21.
Jered Weaver was far from his April perfection, throwing 115 pitches in just six innings. He allowed 3 ER, 7 hits and walked 1. He struck out 3 M's while his former Cal State Long Beach teammate Jason Vargas K'd 9 Angels. It was reverse world night at the ballpark I suppose.
A late pinch-hitting appearance by Alexi Amarista for Peter Bourjos may spell some bench for the struggling young CF and with Reggie Willits on board, don't be surprised to see Pete ride the pine soon. Mark Trumbo has gotten sloppy in the field, making his 2nd error of the season tonight and his lack of everything at the plate may spell some benchmate with P-Bo for Trumbo. The Angels are now 22-22 in 2011, a third place, .500 ballclub.